Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Library

Date: Late C19 to C20Extent: c. 150 m

Subjects covered by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) published library collection include: MAFF Library for MERL website_Jan 2019

  • agricultural machinery
  • crops and livestock
  • dairy products
  • diseases of animals and plants
  • farm buildings and management
  • fertilisers and soils
  • food
  • fruit and vegetables
  • geographic case studies
  • herd books
  • pests and weeds
  • statistics

Publishing bodies include:

  • Board of Agriculture (1793–1822, when it was disbanded)
  • Board of Agriculture and Fisheries (1889–1919)
  • Ministry of Agriculture (1919–1955)
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1955–2001, when its responsibilities were absorbed by Defra)
  • Ministry of Food (1939–1955)

Most of the collection is currently uncatalogued. The MERL Library also contains MAFF publications. Please contact us to arrange access.

See also the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food archive collection.

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