Our collections tell the story of rural England.

They include over 25,000 objects, including many not on display, which provide a material record covering 1750 to the present day.

The majority of the 100,000 volumes in our library are open access, and are the most comprehensive collection of books related to rural England.

We hold hundreds of hours of historic film and over 1 million photographs, including material from prominent agricultural publications and organisations.

Our archives cover more than 4.5 kilometres of shelving and hold records from the thirteenth to the twenty-first century. These diverse materials range from papers of individual farms and large estates through the institutional archives of major countryside organisations to the trade records of agricultural firms.