Farming footage and archives

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Farming footage and archives

Post by mgpoupinel »

Hi there,
I am currently on the lookout for any farming footage from mid 20s onward. Ideally any public information film but I'm staying quite open! Would any of you know where I could find the latter? Any websites, organisations, museums etc. (I have already contacted TheMERL).
I hope we can get the ball rolling! Thank you in advance.

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Post by Nutmeg »

For the NE of England I suggest you contact Beamish Museum
which has extensive archives including films.

Alan Wadsworth
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Post by Alan Wadsworth »

Similarly, Weald and Downland Museum may have material for Southern counties and Avoncroft Museum for the Midlands.

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Post by Agromaven »

A number of resources for agricultural film footage exist, but a couple in particular spring to mind.

First is the British Agricultural Archive Film Unit at Their oldest film is from 1908 but the bulk of the collection spans the 1930s to 1960s.

Another terrific resource is the East Anglian Film Archive at This has a vast agricultural element and nearly all the films have been digitised, enabling online viewing. Very easy to get carried away!

There are several more for which I have details. You don't say what the purpose of your enquiry is. Some archives are more open than others to viewing and use of footage. Feel free to message me if you need some further guidance or additional leads!

Lin Thorley
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Post by Lin Thorley »

You could try the Somerset Museum of Rural Life. Good luck

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