Rural Life Centre, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey GU10 2DL
PUBLISHED: 10:05 22 April 2011 | UPDATED: 17:18 20 February 2013
The Rural Life Centre is packed full of artefacts reflecting rural life from 1750 to 1960, including carts, ploughs and farm machinery together with items from social/domestic history.
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine May 2010
Rural Life Centre
Reeds Road, Tilford, Farnham GU10 2DL: 01252 795571
Opening times: Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm, March to October; 11am-4pm, November to March
Curator: Chris Shepheard
What is the museum best-known for?
Artefacts reflecting rural life from 1750 to 1960, including carts, ploughs and farm machinery together with items from social/domestic history.
Tell us your favourite local history story
George Sturt, the famous chronicler of rural life, was from a family of wheelwrights, Sturt & Goacher, in Farnham. The museum holds the largest collection of wheelwrights tools in the country and this display includes the front door of George Sturts fathers house, which adjoined the original wheelwrights shop. The wheelwrights shop, or a replica of it, still exists in Farnham but is now a showroom for luxury cars perhaps fitting as they are the successors of the carts and waggons Sturt & Goacher were renowned for producing. The company, too, produced bodywork for early motor cars.
Which is your favourite item in the collection?
My favourite item is our wheelwrights shop. It is the most complete collection about the craft of wheel building in the country.
and the strangest?
Our strangest item is a 1950s dolls house, which is large enough for children to play inside. It was built by a renowned architect, John McGregor, who lived locally at Shalford Mill.