Ramsey Rural Museum

Ramsey Rural Museum

Whatever is happening?
* At present work is going on the gable end of the small trades area.
* A continued security project with more gates being built and erected, CCTV cameras being added to.
* Windows are being painted, stone joints are being raked out and mortared.
* In addition we are about to start preparing the ground for a better disabled parking area close to the courtyard gate.
* We are busy Updating the records concerning Ramsey’s topography.
* We are taking an Early Years Treasure Chest into nurseries, pre-schools and early year’s settings.

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 trust that is managed and maintained entirely by volunteers.

What will you find?

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.

If you are unable to find what you are searching for 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.