The Museum of Rural Life
The corrugated iron-roofed Nissen hut which houses the Rural Museum was originally the dining hall for the WAAFs during the Second World War. At that time RAF ground staff were housed in billets where Mill View is now, and squatters took over when they left. There was also a water tower.
In keeping with the strong RAF connection, the Museum was opened on July 10 1988 by a Squadron Leader from RAF Binbrook. Since then the dedicated team of volunteers has made many improvements, including a fascinating RAF section, a reading room, and regular events.
Many of the exhibits are from the 1930s and 1940s, and visitors are able to handle the items, read the old newspapers and watch videos in the reading room. There is a parlour, a kitchen, an office complete with typewriters and copying machines, and a gentleman’s study. A number of models in period costume add realism to each room.
There is a large agricultural display, and miscellaneous items of interest such as diving gear, a cobbler’s work area, and printing materials. Although the staff are all volunteers, the museum layout is extremely professional with its attractive new bay windows displaying just a taster of the treasure trove within. With their different areas of expertise and great enthusiasm, the staff are happy to answer questions on the exhibits, and have fascinating
This is a welcoming family-oriented museum in which children can learn what it was like to live in the days before television, dishwashers and microwaves.