The Wye Rural Museum Trust was formed in 1996 to take over the ownership of the Museum buildings and collections from the then Wye College (University of London) which is now Imperial College at Wye.

The formation and early activities of the Trust were under the leadership of the late Michael Nightingale of Cromarty, a well-know Kent activist in many fields including local history and environmental protection. As a student at Wye College in the late 1940’s he had been instrumental in bringing the foundation of the collections to Wye from East Malling Research Station where they had been stored for safety during the second World War.

With the help of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a number of corporate and private donations the Trust was able to buy the site and buildings from Wye College, which then gifted the collections to the Trust, which took formal control in May 1997.

The Trustees comprise the following:

  • One nominated by Ashford Borough Council (William Howard)
  • One nominated by the Kent Archaeological Society (Dr. Sheila Sweetinburgh)
  • One nominated by the Cromarty Trust (Dr. John Nightingale, Chairman)
  • One nominated by Canterbury Farmers Club (George Jessel DL)
  • Eight co-opted Trustees: (Dr. John Bulaitis, Dr. Jeremy Clarke, Mr John Tomkins, Mr. Francis Huntington, Mr. Andy Linklater, Dr. Graham Bradley, Sir John Mummery DL, Prof. Paul Webster ).

The Trustees are assisted by the Hon. Curator, Mr. Brian Wimsett, the Treasurer, Mr Mike Mooney, a professional Mentor (Rebecca Nash) and the Administrator (Tracey Block).

Contact with the Trust may be made at any time through the Administrator by email: 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