PLACES TO VISIT IN HUNTINGDONSHIRE
- Ramsey Rural Museum on the outskirts of Ramsey.
Charity Number - 290110
Ramsey Rural Museum ia an independent museum in Huntingdonshire situated in open countryside on the edge of a small Fenland town. Housed in renovated 17th century farm buildings, the museum is full of items and exhibits kindly donated by local companies and the public. Ramsey Rural Museum is a charitable trust (charity number 290110) that is managed and maintained entirely by volunteers.
On site there are many areas showing a variety of machinery, implements and vehicles spanning 200 years of rural life.
Both the Chemist Shop and the Cobblers Shop were donated to the museum – the former had been owned by the Whitwell family of Peterborough and the latter from the Paul’s of Chatteris.
A history of the drainage of the Fens can be found in the Pump Room along with tools used for hedging, ditching and turfing.
The Barn Annexe gives a fascinating insight into the work of Wheelwrights and Farriers, and amongst the myriad of farming equipment there are even examples of some 19th century Graffiti!
There is so much to look at in the Trades Room. As the name suggests there are displays depicting a range of occupations and memorabilia from local companies. Through the tea room is Ramsey Stores – an early 20th century shop with well known brands on view at the counter.
The thatched Well was one of the sources of water for the nearby Ramsey Abbey. We even have a 2 seater Privy!
The Stable Block is a two storey building packed with nostalgia. Upstairs is an old schoolroom and displays dedicated to the armed forces, police and fire services. On the ground floor the three lifestyle rooms and various cabinets exhibit numerous artefacts from years gone by.
The museum also houses extensive archives of local family history and the range of paperwork, maps and photographs are available for photocopying. Ramsey and its surrounding villages are also well documented.
Light refreshments are provided either in our Tea Room or alfresco in the courtyard. If you prefer, bring a picnic and enjoy the peaceful setting.
Throughout the year they hold many events details of which appear on our 'events page'.
For further information visit their website http://ramseyruralmuseum.co.uk