The Yorkshire Museum of Farming

The Yorkshire Museum of Farming was established by the Yorkshire Farm Machinery Preservation Society. The society began negotiations to build a museum on the Murton Park site in the late 1970s, and the museum opened to the public in 1982.

The Yorkshire Farm Machinery Preservation Society became the Yorkshire Museum of Farming Ltd. which operates as a registered charity and it is the continued mission of the museum to collect, document, display, research and preserve material relating to farming in the historic boundaries of Yorkshire from the earliest development of agriculture up to the mid-twentieth century.

In 1992 the Danelaw Centre for Living History joined the site and have been running successful educational days for visiting school parties ever since. Various community groups associated with farming and agriculture hold their meetings on site.

The museum continues to be dedicated to preserving this heritage and is always looking to expand key areas of its collection to fully represent the diverse topic of farming and rural culture.

Here are some comments from our visitors…

Happy Grandparents
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‘Brilliant, relaxed, animals to pet, great displays of farm history and World War Two…two happy girls and two happy grandparents!’
Excited Parent
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‘Came for a look…can’t wait to bring the children so they can enjoy it too!’
Thrilled Tourist
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‘Excellent day out, good value and marvellous service!
Murton Park
Murton Park

The machines and implements in our care are a testament to the continual development of farming practices through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. From historic vehicles and carts to the hand tools and implements used on the farm throughout the county, the collection tells the story of Yorkshire’s farming past.  A free audio guide is available from reception to help you make the most of your visit.

Much of this collection is on permanent display in our galleries. Larger objects are displayed in the open spaces around the museum.

The museum is also home to a research library, archive and boasts an impressive photographic collection. Researchers wishing to access the collection or library should contact the museum via email or telephone. 

The Library and Archive are on an upper floor that is not serviced by a lift; however, alternative arrangements can be made to enable visitors with limited mobility to have access to these collections.

Museum of Farming Murton Park
Museum of Farming Murton Park
Museum of Farming Murton Park

The Yorkshire Museum of Farming

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