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Trustee Francis Huntington looks back to his first visit to the Museum 60 years ago.

When I arrived in Wye in 1961, as an undergraduate at the College, the Agricultural Museum at Brook had been established in the wonderful Brook Medieval barn, for only two years. I do remember that on my first visit, I was surprised that I recognised most of the equipment on display, from my grandparent’s farm in Devon and even my parents’ farm in Somerset, and I knew how most of the items worked.  Now, six decades on, it is a privilege to be a Trustee of the Museum and to be part of the team which is seeking to develop a wider audience for the museums unique collections.  I feel sure that that we will be able to enhance the appeal of the buildings and the collections, to an enlarged audience by harnessing (no pun intended) digital media both within the museum and online.  The Museum Trustees have recently commissioned a study to help us enhance the visitor experience,  we look forward to the museum becoming a well-recognised and unique destination within the Kent Downs AONB.  As they say ‘watch this space’.

Thank you to the Cromarty Trust for a grant towards the cost of repairing the oak cladding on the side sheds, and huge thanks to Councillors Clair Bell and William Howard for making discretionary grants which have allowed us to purchase a marquee. We look forward to holding events for the Brook community and to support the work of the museum once restrictions ease.

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)

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.

Farmers prided themselves on choosing the optimum time for spring sowing e.g. to sow during a waxing moon was thought preferable. Many relied on the feel of the land on their feet even when these were covered with boots.

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

Ploughing is the initial stage of preparing a fine tilth to grow the next season’s crop. Plough Monday – the first Monday after the twelfth day of Christmas – was traditionally the start of a new ploughing season and was celebrated by ploughmen

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The Agricultural Museum Brook,
The Street,
Ashford, Kent.
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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.

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