Yorkshire Museum of Farming, York

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The Yorkshire Museum of Farming is located in Murton Park near York in England. It is housed on a grass field site of approximately 14acre, and is the only museum in the district specifically dedicated to the subject of farming. In the autumn of 2010, the museum was awarded full accreditation status by the Museums Libraries and archives Council (MLA).The museum has built up a large collection of artefacts that illustrate the history of farm mechanisation. The collection also contains domestic items and other documentary material relating to the social structure of rural life in the area. Events are held throughout the year relating to rural and farming themes. There is also a children's play area and a cafe.The site is also home to the last surviving stretch of the Derwent Valley Light Railway, part of whose archive is also in the museum's collection.The museum shares the site with the Danelaw Centre for Living History. Living history facilities include a mock Roman fort called Brigantium, which is a disguised outdoor classroom designed to cater for up to 65 children at a time. There are also buildings dedicated to the Tudor and Viking ages, including a Dark Age village and how they farmed the land centuries ago.History and collectionThe museum opened in 1982. It was originally designed to house a growing collection of farm machinery that had been donated by various farms from North and East Yorkshire to the East Yorkshire Farm Machinery Preservation Society and stored at Burton Constable.
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  • August 12, 2017
    I visited with my husband who is fascinated with farming and particularly the machinery but I found a lot more to interest me than I expected. There was a lot of information on the Women's Land Army a...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    I spent the afternoon here with my 3 year old son who enjoyed the animals and the model villages. Enough to fill a couple of hours, though no more. The enthusiast might like the collection of farming ...  more »
  • July 13, 2017
    The Danelaw Centre is just one of the featured areas within the Farming Museum. I had visited the farming and railway parts of the Museum before, so wanted to experience the Viking settlement and Ston...  more »
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  • Very interesting, something for everyone, and a lovely cafe. All that, and a train ride included in the price. Excellent value for money!
  • Great place to bring the kids.
  • The great historic Recreation with much to do
  • Love the living history village.
  • "Family attraction" that includes a loud unavoidable graphic play about the crucifixion with blood and screams next to the kids area. On complaining that it was somewhat inappropriate and traumatising for toddlers to see this, had pretty much a shoulder shrug. Kids ride on tractors all broken too (no steering wheels level of broken!) The railway is fantastic and the volunteers who run that were brilliant and friendly, shame about the rest of it.

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