Welcome to the Agricultural Museum at Brook

Tucked away below the North Downs, in the small village of Brook between Ashford and Wye, is a unique museum. The Grade I listed barn, Grade II listed oast house and associated buildings of the Agricultural Museum Brook, house an impressive collection of Kent related agricultural objects.

 Front of barn

The museum is owned and run by the Wye Rural Museum Trust, which was formed in 1996, to take over the ownership of the museum buildings and collections from the then Wye College.


We welcome you to explore our site and learn more about our history, buildings, collections and the Wye Rural Museum Trust.


As well as the usual opening hours we offer tours with our knowledgeable staff for both interested groups and schools by arrangement with the curator.


News and Events


Like other museums Brook was sadly unable to open for the 2020 season due to the Covid-19 restrictions.  However we have remained busy during lockdown.  On the building side much of the decaying oak cladding to the side sheds has been replaced with new oak cladding, all of which was cut and milled locally, and the fire alarm system was overhauled.   Some of the exhibits in the barn have been reorganised with a view to improving access and a wonderful display of models has been put on in the former shop - there will be much to see and admire when the museum reopens in 2021.  After chairing the Trust for over 20 years George Jessel passed on the baton to John Nightingale who agreed to take on the role for a limited period in order to lead a review of priorities and strategy; he will be assisted by fellow-trustee Tim Betts in the role of Deputy Chair.

Dr. Sheila Sweetinburgh's blog on the Nightingale Lecture 2019

To read Dr. Sheila Sweetinburgh's account of the lecture, please click on the Canterbury Christ Church University link

Retribution, performing passivity and protest anew: social and political relations in Kent after the Swing Riots

Professor Carl Griffin

(Professor of Historical Geography, University of Sussex)

We are sorry, but we will not be opening in May this year or the last two weekends in September as we do not currently have enough volunteers to fill these dates.

If you would like to visit the museum in May or September, please contact the curator by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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For group bookings or general enquiries, please contact:


The Hon. Curator, Brian Wimsett

01304 824969


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The Agricultural Museum Brook,
The Street,
Ashford, Kent.
TN25 5PF

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Between the beginning of June to mid-September, the museum is open on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 14:00 to 17:00.

For further details, please see Opening Times and Prices