Ramsey Rural Museum is a registered charity that is run entirely by volunteers.
The museum was started in 1977 and we welcomed our first visitors in 1983.
We are situated in a peaceful rural setting on the edge of the market town of Ramsey, on the site of a 17th century wood yard, which was built within the boundary of the 10th century Ramsey Abbey.
We specialise in the farming, agricultural, social history, trades and working life of Ramsey and the surrounding area of Cambridgeshire, concentrating on the period 1800 to 2000 AD.
The main collection comprises over 4000 objects, artefacts and items of farm machinery, complemented by thousands of archives, maps, documents and photographs. We house these in restored 17th century farm estate buildings and more modern additions – such as a 1930s fenland farm cottage. We have arranged the collection in over 70 themed display areas.
See The Museum’s Collection for a guide to the museum’s contents.
Exhibitions and Activities
In addition to the permanent displays, we host a variety of temporary and travelling exhibitions.
Each year we either provide, or host, a variety of activities. These range from educational activities, such as STEM in the Fens, through to ghost hunting nights in our historical buildings.
In addition to our historical and preservation work we host a range of events and talks, most of which have a rural or local historical theme. These also serve to raise much needed funds. Our events include the area’s major rural fairs: the spring Fen Fair and the autumn Plough Day and Country Fair.
You can find details of all our events in the Events Calendar, which is updated regularly as the season progresses and new events are added to our schedule.
Our on-site facilities are all open during normal visiting hours and for most events and talks. These include our licensed tea shop (serving tea, coffee, cakes and snacks), second-hand book shop and gift shop. Visit Us has more details about all of our facilities.
We are run by volunteers and we are always looking for help. Details of what our team of dedicated volunteers do and how to join them is provided on our Volunteering page.
Alternatively, drop in at the museum any Thursday between 9:00am and 2:00 pm and one of our friendly volunteers will be happy to show you around and answer any questions you may have.