Rural Life Centre, Tilford

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Coordinates: 51°10′59″N 0°46′19″W / 51.183°N 0.772°W / 51.183; -0.772

Buildings at Rural Life Centre

The Rural Life Centre is in Tilford, Surrey near Farnham in southern England. It is a museum of country life originally assembled by Mr and Mrs Henry Jackson and is run by a charitable trust. It covers over 10 acres (40,000 m2) of field, woodland and barns, and comprises a large number of implements and devices marking over 150 years of farming. There is also an arboretum with over one hundred species of trees.[1]

The museum displays farming through the seasons, local hop growing, tools and crafts allied to country industries and needs. The social history of village life from the 19th century is displayed covering school life, domestic work, period shops and trades. There is a working iron furnace and a woodyard, both run by the volunteers.

It also hosts the 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge Old Kiln Light Railway and a Blacksmith's forge.


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