Library and archive

The library was started in 1976 as a resource to help staff identify objects donated to the Museum of Rural Life and their histories. Today, the library is an integral part of the role the museum plays within its community.  
Researchers, authors, students and individuals investigating their family histories are encouraged to utilise the resources held within the library and to access the collections. The collections held in the library are varied and include books, photographs and correspondence.


The transcribed extracts and notes from the Board of Guardians Minute Books for Inmates are available to see at the museum. A searchable index of names is listed in the PDF document below.

Want to see more?

If you would like to see particular objects or types of objects held in our collection; or to undertake research into family or local history, you can make an appointment to visit our library and archive. Contact us in advance so we can ensure someone is available to help you.

Workhouse and Family History 

Collection Corner