Ramsey Rural Museum

Ramsey Rural Museum 2021

WE ARE BACK FROM SATURDAY, 22nd MAY FROM 2-5PM

Ramsey Rural Museum will be re-opening to visitors on Saturday, 22nd May from 2-5pm.  As with all organisations, our plans are tied to the government’s roadmap for relaxing COVID measures and could therefore be subject to change. We will prepare and comply with all measures to keep visitors and volunteers safe. With this in mind, we have put a one-way system round the Museum in place.

We have worked throughout the lockdown to maintain the site and are excited to show visitors newly refurbished displays. A Victorian Naturalist’s Study, G B Hyde’s Shop, a display of information about local spy Josef Jakobs and a Toys and Games Display are just some you will find on offer.

We are also delighted that Ramsey Rural Museum is one of the key venues for the ‘Treasures of Ramsey Abbey’ Exhibition and we have renovated the Whitehall Barn in order to exhibit artefacts of importance to this important period in the history of Ramsey. This will open on 3rd July 2021 and run for three months. We will once again be hosting the Ramsey Fire and Steam Show.  Other events will be advertised nearer the time.

Our tea-room will be open for a takeaway service only, with chairs and tables being available in the Courtyard for you to sit and relax.

A large selection of books and DVDs will be available to purchase from our Book Store and our Gift Shop will also be open for you to browse and buy.

Found in the chemist shop. What is this?

Working hard throughout the winter
While the museum is still closed for the winter there’s still a great deal of activity. Brian and Ray are replacing the outside door of the Trades Room with a little help from their friends, and John and Pete have been repairing and varnishing outdoor tables and benches. Meanwhile, some of the larger trees around the museum site are having a trim and repairs are beginning to the damaged wall of the stable block.

What are we?
We are an independent museum in Huntingdonshire situated in open
countryside on the edge of a small Fenland town. Housed in renovated 17th century farm buildings, the museum is full of items and exhibits kindly donated by local companies and the public.
Ramsey Rural Museum is a charitable incorporated organisation that is managed and maintained entirely by volunteers.

What will you find here?

On site there are many areas showing a variety of machinery, implements
and vehicles spanning 200 years of rural life.

Both the Chemist Shop and the Cobblers Shop were donated to the museum
– the former had been owned by the Whitwell family of Peterborough and the latter from the Paul’s of Chatteris.

A history of the drainage of the Fens can be found in the Pump Room along with tools used for hedging, ditching and turfing.

What else do we offer?
We have a wonderful second-hand bookshop in the Courtyard where there is a great selection of good quality books at bargain prices on a large range of subjects.
Come along and browse, if you are just visiting the
Bookshop you don’t need to pay Museum admission, but while
you’re there why not pop into the tea-room for a cuppa and a
slice of cake!
As well as fiction we have books on:
Handicrafts, Sports, Transport, Poetry and classics, WW1 and WW2,
Biographies, Travel, Gardening, Cookery, History
We welcome donations of clean, good quality books to add to our stock

The Barn Annexe gives a fascinating insight into the work of Wheelwrights
and Farriers, and amongst the myriad of farming equipment there are even examples of some 19th century Graffiti!

There is so much to look at in the Trades Room. As the name suggests there are displays depicting a range of occupations and memorabilia from local
companies. Through the tea room is Ramsey Stores – an early 20th century shop with well known brands on view at the counter.

The thatched Well was one of the sources of water for the nearby Ramsey Abbey. We even have a 2 seater Privy!

The Stable Block is a two storey building packed with nostalgia.
Upstairs is an old schoolroom and displays dedicated to the armed forces, police and fire services. On the ground floor the three lifestyle rooms and various cabinets exhibit numerous artefacts from years gone by.

The museum also houses extensive archives of local family history and the range of paperwork, maps and photographs are available for photocopying. Ramsey and its surrounding villages are also well documented.

Light refreshments are provided either in our Tea Room or alfresco in the courtyard. If you prefer, bring a picnic and enjoy the peaceful setting.

Throughout the year we hold many events details of which appear on our ‘events page’.

For information regarding our Opening Times, Entrance Charges, How to find Us or any other information please click on our Visit Us button.

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please use the ‘Contact Us’ button to send a message, or telephone on
01487-815715. We will reply to all messages as soon as possible.

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