Farming museum opens for charity

Vintage kitchen equipment at the Armstrong Farming Museum, North Charlton

Vintage kitchen equipment at the Armstrong Farming Museum, North Charlton

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Armstrong’s Household and Farming Museum is holding an open day in aid of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI).

The museum at North Charlton Farm, set up 30 years ago by Sylvia Armstrong, is a private collection which focuses very much on farming and rural life, and for those who visit it evokes memories of a bygone era.

The museum takes the visitor back to when people cooked on a black range in a traditional kitchen, and they can enjoy a trip around sections devoted to dairy, farming by hand, needlework, children’s toys and a Victorian parlour.

There is also an archive of farm literature on display going back well over 50 years this includes mart catalogues, account books and farm sale and land particulars.

The day is one for all the family as young people will love the traditional nursery with its collections of games, toys and children’s clothing from the past.

Dating back to the 19th century, RABI provides care and support for farmers, farm workers, farm managers and their families who are struggling to get by on low incomes.

Sylvia said: “Over the years we have opened the doors of the museum for individual charities, and as you can imagine, we are delighted that we are supporting a charity in aid of the agricultural community.

“The history of agriculture and farming is exactly what this museum is about, so we really do hope that those who attend will enjoy seeing so many items from farming, family and rural life of a bygone era.”

Margaret Brown, Northumberland co-ordinator for RABI, and one of Sylvia and Charlie’s daughters, said: “This really is a fantastic collection and a real labour of love with one main aim – to ensure that our farming past does not get forgotten in this vastly different age and throwaway society.

“I would like to thank mum and dad, for giving their time to help raise essential funds for us, so we can carry on supporting people who need help.”

The open day is on Friday, July 18, from 11am – 5pm. Refreshments will be available.Entry is £5 per person.

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