Research Libraries and Archives

The library contains just over 25,000 items, including books dating from the early 19th century to new publications, and current issues of journals, magazines, and newsletters. It specialises in subjects relevant to the museum’s interests in four categories: Building = vernacular architecture, conservation, building materials; Environment = local and social history, agriculture, horticulture, crafts and industries; Museums and heritage sites = policy, background, guide books from around the world; the Worshipful Company of Plumbers collection. Use of the library is by appointment – email Enquiries for information can often be answered by email by the library volunteers. A summary of the catalogue which allows searches by keywords can be found on The artefact collections - a very strong and comprehensive range of some 15,000 artefacts which cover a diverse range of subject matter, including building parts and trades tools; agriculture and land management; transport and vehicles plus many other rural trades and crafts.

A comprehensive database of the artefacts collections is currently under construction and will soon be available via the website The archive is a large collection of notes, reports, photographs, maps and other material relating to vernacular architecture including the buildings re-erected at the Museum.

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For more detailed study of the artefacts and for the archive please contact the Curator . Hours by appointment.