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The Museum started out as bits of broken pottery kept in a shoebox by four-year-old Craig Delanoy in the village of Haddenham in 1969.

The museum opened for one Sunday a month and was run solely by volunteers under the curatorship of Mike and Lorna Delanoy (Craig’s parents) who received MBE’s for their services to museums and raising money for good causes.

The collection grew and after being in Mike and Lorna’s  garden until the early 1990s it opened in March 1997 at its current Denny Abbey site.

The collection, which now consists of over ten thousand objects, celebrates the farming and rural life of Cambridgeshire and includes a collection from Frank Fossey of over two thousand objects.

The collection is on display in a 17th century threshing barn,  cart lodge, village shop and a wheelwrights. Converted pig sheds have displays including a dairy, a basket maker's workshop and an eel man's hut. The collection can also be seen in a cottage furnished to the 1940s. Many of the large farm machinery items are on display outside around the site. The museum is open for the season each year between 1 April and end of October.

Please donate to support our cause. The agricultural areas around Cambridge are quickly disappearing as is the memories of life in rural Cambridgeshire. Donations help us to tell the stories of the past and capture those memories for future generations.  Your donation will help to care for the objects and buildings but also to deliver a creative and lively learning programme for all ages and abilities so that stories and traditions are not lost to future generations.

Charity No: 289555

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