A national centre for the study of the history of farming, food, and the countryside, particularly since 1750. Its library contains 30 000 books and periodicals, over 1 million photographs, numerous watercolours and drawings, and 40 000 computerized bibliographical references. See Raine Morgan, ‘A Unique Data Source: The Classified Index of References on British Agrarian History’, Local Historian, 19/1 (1989). The archives contain the records of the Royal Agricultural Society of England, the National Farmers’ Union, the Council for the Protection of Rural England, and 2 500 businesses. The Museum has permanent displays of farm tools, machinery, etc., and a large reserve collection.
http://www.rdg.ac.uk/rhc Museum of English Rural Life.