Rural Life Centre
The Rural Life Centre is a museum of country life founded in 1973 by Mr and Mrs Henry Jackson. In 1984 the administration was handed over to a charitable trust. The museum occupies ten acres of woodland and meadow and the exhibits are housed in a collection of purpose built and reconstructed historic buildings which include a prefab, village hall, cricket pavilion, chapel and schoolroom among others.
Museum, Garden, parklands or rural site
Wed-Sun and Bank Hols 10.00-17.00 March to October
Wed & Sun only 11.00-16.00 November to March
Children (5-16): £4.00
Family (2A + 2C): £18.00
Rustics: Free (enquire for membership details)
Preserved two foot gauge light railway operates on Sundays. Our library and archive material can be made available to researchers on request.
The collection documents the changes in rural life over the period between about 1750 and 1960 in an area roughly encompaccing Surrey, east Hampshire, West Sussex and parts of Berkshire. Areas covered include all aspects of domestic and village life including agriculture, crafts and trades. Artefacts include buildings ranging from a prefab through a chapel and village hall to a corrugated iron school room.
Agriculture, Architecture, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Industry, Land Transport, Medicine, Personalities, Social History, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War
Key artists and exhibits
- George Sturt
- Victorian School
- Light Railway
This programme could be the focus for a day's visit (three to four hours). Suggested topics include Homes, World War 2, Victorians, Britain since 1948. Topics can be supported with demonstrations including wheelwrighting, blacksmith, tales of a school boy during the war, the Land Army, laundry and washday or a complete Victorian period school lesson. Topics are particularly appropriate to Key Stages I and II.
How to obtain
Contact Judy Hewins (firstname.lastname@example.org 0777 152 6889)
Free educational pack: School visits - museum entry children £3.50, accompanying adults free; workshops £15; loan boxes £10 + £5 returnable deposit. Any size of group - only one school on site at any one time.
Rural Life Centre
Old Kiln Museum Trust