Yorkshire Museum of Farming Feeding the Nation: A Celebration of the Women’s Land Army Exhibition The largest permanent exhibition on the WLA in the country Heritage Lottery Funded Project Discover the exciting stories of real local women who did their utmost to help feed the nation during World War II Highlights: Listen to Oral histories See photographs and personal objects Amazing real documents from the administration of the East and North Riding of Yorkshire by Miss Winifred Jacob Smith Watch Yorkshire Film Archive footage of the land army and other women during the war Look at recent reunion photographs Discover objects about all aspects of their farm work. Hands On activities: from “dress a land army girl” to a trail following “Lucy the Land Girl” on her journey as a land girl Teacher Information Pack for Self Led Visit About us We are the only museum in the district specifically dedicated to the pastoral and arable agricultural history of the Ridings of Yorkshire. The Museum charts the story of the farm and rural life over the centuries in a number of ways. Here you can explore how different crops and breeds of livestock were introduced, learn about how our Victorian ancestors cooked and cleaned on the farm, and see for yourself how technology changed farming by comparing exhibits such as the medieval ‘Caschrom’ or hand plough with an early 1960s tractor and multi-furrow plough able to cover 5 acres per day. Farming has not only provided people with the necessary staples to live but has generated a wealth of social customs, traditions, and folklore which have enriched rural communities. Examples of these include making corn dollies to celebrate the harvest, ploughing matches, and agricultural shows with displays, demonstrations, contests and above a chance for a rural community to gather and celebrate their work at key times of the year. Why visit? The Yorkshire Museum of Farming is an exciting cross-curricular venue for students from all Key Stages. Onsite your group can explore galleries and exhibitions which chart the changes in agriculture over the last 150 years. Here, you can undertake local history studies, develop your chronological understanding of British history, view historical machinery, learn about the Land Girls and see how people have shaped our landscape. Our onsite learning resources actively support the study of Key Stages 1-3 History, Geography, Citizenship, English and PSHE. You can find out more about our onsite programme in the resources section. Booking a visit to the Museum We welcome school groups at the Yorkshire Museum of Farming and recommend that you book your Self Led visit at least one month in advance through the Curator: Tel. 01904 489966 or email@example.com. Please state if you wish to book a Home Front Day or Self Led. For a Self Led Visit - telephone the Curator to book. An entrance fee of £5 is charged per student, teacher/adult and carers are free of charge, 1 adult per 10 students, minimum of 4 adults per group. On your Self Led Visit you will have access to the Yorkshire Museum of Farming, playground, picnic area, animal enclosures and lunch space. Please note that unless you have specifically booked to visit the Danelaw Viking Village , Roman Fort or Home Front Kitchen, you will be unable to access these areas of the site. Teachers are encouraged to conduct a free pre-visit assessment of the site. To do this please contact us on 01904 489966. We are open from Easter to the beginning of October between 10am and 5pm each day. Our full address is: Yorkshire Museum of Farming (& Danelaw Centre for Living History), Murton Lane, Murton, York, YO19 5UF For further information please download the Hazard Identification Sheet and Telephone us to discuss your visit in detail. What to bring To make the most of your visit please ensure that your students dress appropriately for visiting a site which has a lot of outdoor space. Therefore wet weather clothing and suitable footwear are recommended. The buildings are not heated. You may also wish to bring clipboards, pens, pencils, tablet computers and digital cameras to enhance your visit. Onsite resources Exhibition spaces: Four Seasons: ground floor displays of implements, hands on activities and dioramas illustrating what was used by farmers in the different seasons and from 1860’s to 1960’s. Including oral histories and a film of farmers today. Upstairs (lift access) to Women’s Land Army exhibition. Livestock Building: Discover how sheep, pigs, cows and poultry were farmed from incubators and sheep scales to pig troughs and milking machines. Also the original Alf White, who created James Herriot, dispensary, blacksmith’s shop and viewing gallery to the animals. Farm Machinery Display: This outdoor display area showcases tractors, combine harvesters, stationary engines and other interesting machinery. Including the famous “Buckeyed Trencher” one of only 3 in the country brought from America during World War II. (Under restoration). Look out for the Shepherds Hut, Dovecote, duck pond and orchard! Activities: Nature Trail – this recently set up Nature Trail (quarter of a mile) takes you around part of the site to view English trees, hedging, water life and wild life. With a bird hide and a small Nature Den with stuffed animals and other specimens (space for 5 children at a time) this is a good introduction to British Wildlife, the majority of which is found on farm land. (Leaflet available if pre ordered). Lucy the Land Girl Trail – look out for the information panels about the land army and the implements they would have used. Play Area – house, swings and other equipment to let off steam on! Outside picnic tables and orchard near by. Facilities We have a wealth of facilities available to make your school visit as easy as possible. This includes: A bookable indoor lunch space (WLA granary area) that can hold up to 30 students , or outside in the picnic area. An area to leave bags, coats and resources (Near Stubbs Shop in the WLA gallery) Ample toilet facilities including an accessible toilet. The majority of the site is accessible to all visitors, but a pre-visit is recommended to assess your needs. Please bear in mind that much of the outdoor areas are gravelled or crossed via wooden planks. We also have a well stocked gift shop and with advanced notice (at least one week) we can provide goody bags for your students at a fixed price. Library and Archive For smaller groups the upstairs Library (limited physical access) is available for research. A large library of agricultural books and publications from 1850’s to 1968’s is available from Victorian illustrated books to 20th century Farmers Weekly. Cookery books, Government reports and over 2000 photographs. Please book via the Curator. The Women’s Land Army Archive of costume, photographs, personal stories and ephemera. Files with individual women’s stories and ephemera, as well as the extensive Miss Jacob Smith Archive of administrative documents from Newsletters and index card register to Report Cards and letters are available through prior arrangement. (Limited physical access). Please book via the Curator.