Wiltshire College Museum of Agriculture and Rural Life

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The Museum, based at Wiltshire College Lackham,
originated as a collection of agricultural implements and machinery brought together by the staff and students when it first opened its doors as a County School of Agriculture in 1946. Today its collections and displays are broadly focussed upon the agricultural practices and the rural life of the County of Wiltshire.

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Opening hours

Easter - August Sunday & B.H.Mons. 10.00 a.m. - 5.00p.m.
also Tues. - Thurs. throughout August

Closed: September - Easter Saturday
Open by arrangement for group visits, educational activities and researchers.
Please contact the museum Curator for further details.

Admission charges

Adults £2.00 Concessions £1.50
Children (upto 2 children accompanied by an adult) FREE


  • International Council of Museums
  • Museums Association

The collections are housed in museum exhibits themselves.
These include a magnificent 18th century timber frame thatched barn, two vernacular granaries perched upon traditional staddle stones and a shepherd's lambing hut.
Amongst the attractions visitors can listen to the legend of the Wiltshire Moonrakers narrated in local dialect, hand operate a working water pump and discover the work and traditions of rural Wiltshire through an extensive series of displays. The Museum is complemented within its surrounds by wonderful formal gardens splaying out from an 18th century country house. Adjacent to the Museum is an historic walled garden which includes a glasshouse featuring Lackham's world record-breaking citrons (large lemons). Visitors also have the opportunity to enjoy exploring a woodland walk and an animal park featuring amongst other livestock donkeys, pigs, goats and alpacas.
The Museum, Gardens, Woodland Walk and Animal Park are now under the one umbrella title of Lackham Country Park.
Through the season a number of Special Events are organised including a Lambing Weekend, Dairy Day, Rare Plant Fair, Kite Flying Day, Model Railway Show and Apple Day.

Collection details

Agriculture, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Brown & May (Devizes) Steam Portable Engine 1899
  • Waterloo Boy 'Overtime' Tractor 1916
  • Wagons and carts
  • Wilts & Berks Canal exhibits
  • Animal headstones
  • Great Bustards
  • Barn machinery
  • Traps (Man & animal!)

Wiltshire College Museum of Agriculture and Rural Life
Wiltshire College
SN15 2NY


General information



Museum Curator



General Enquiries

01249 466800

Museum Curator

01249 466847


01249 444474

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