Library and Archive gets warmed up!

 Over the winter months, the volunteers and the Skills for the Future Library and Archive trainee have been keeping warm by re-organising the newly decorated library at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum.

The library was originally started in 1976 as a resource to help staff identify objects and object histories donated to the Museum of Rural Life and the library now has a dedicated space in which researchers can have access to these resources.


Some of the items available include:

  • Farm documents including diaries, horse remedy notebooks, stud books, invoices from Norfolk farms; books, journals and magazines relating to farming and livestock


  •  Manuals for engines and farm machinery, Government publications and posters concerning agriculture, health, war and education, retail and agricultural show catalogues


  • Photographs, objects, books and printed documents relating to Agricultural Unions and George Edwards


  • Educational books and objects used in Norfolk schools, class photographs and certificates presented to pupils


  • Trade documents (and objects used and produced by the businesses in Norfolk) for example, Daniel Brothers and R & A Taylor’s seed merchants, Briton Brush Company, Plowright, Pratt & Harbage and Miln Marsters. We also hold several Kelly’s and White’s Directories


  • Family records and objects including letters, memorial cards, photographs, recipe and craft books, bibles and hobbies


  • Norfolk Ordinance Survey Maps from about 1906 for much of Norfolk


  • Newspaper cuttings collected and categorized by volunteers for over 30 years from a selection of Norfolk publications


  • Photographs and Norfolk Chronicle glass plate negatives are available to help researchers to visualise trades, machinery, welfare, events and locations within Norfolk since the invention of photography or just used to find someone they know


The library will be open on special events, or a research space can be booked through an appointment. So if you, or your organisation, are interested in using any of our resources in your research, or have any queries on family, local, agricultural, object or workhouse history or have your own stories or histories that you wish to share, then please do not hesitate to contact us at www.museums/

Helen Bainbridge
Library and Archive Trainee


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