The Rural Life Living Museum depends on the regular commitment of over 100 volunteers. Volunteering has been an essential element in the building and success of the Museum over the last 50 years, without our family of volunteers we could not operate.

Volunteers undertake a very broad range of tasks on a daily basis, from Grounds keeping and gardening, through to buildings maintenance and construction, craft and working object demonstrations, live interpretation, school visits and formal learning sessions, visitor welcome, retail and special events. We have something to fit everyone!

Please contact us for more information or fill in the volunteer form and send it to volunteers@rural-life.org.uk and we will be in touch!

We look forward to welcoming you to our team

Our Supporters

We would like to thank the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development for providing funding for the “Rebranding & Embracing Digital Technology” project which has enabled us to work to rebrand including the development of a new website, leaflets and other marketing materials and signage.

We would also like to say thank you to the following:

  1. Aviva Fund
  2. Billmeir Trust
  3. Farnham Institute Charity
  4. Farnham South Street Trust
  5. Farnham Town Council
  6. Frensham Sponsored Ride
  7. KBT
  8. National Lottery Heritage Fund
  9. Rural Surrey LEADER
  10. South East Museums Development Programme 
  11. SUEZ Communities Trust
  12. Surrey Gardens
  13. Surrey Museums Partnership
  14. Tilford Parochial Charity
  15. Waitrose Community Matters



Leaving a Legacy

The founders of the museum left a legacy to enable their work to be continued and over the years, other people have also kindly remembered us in their wills. It is a very important form of support for which we are most grateful. If you would like to know more about leaving a legacy please contact the Director on 01252 795571 or email info@rural-life.org.uk.

Monetary Donations

Thank you for your interest in supporting the Rural Life Living Museum. We are an independent museum and a registered charity (289150) run by the Old Kiln Museum Trust. We do not receive any core funding; all of our general income goes towards the operational costs of running the museum. We are currently raising money to help us to develop our collection, undertake essential work to help us to care for the collection and improve the visitor experience. We would be most grateful for your support in helping us to continue our work. 

Projects that we are currently trying to raise funds for include:

1. Developing our Learning and Community Engagement programme
Our volunteer-run school and community learning programmes have been very popular, but the workload has increased and we now need to employ a learning officer to develop and broaden our offer and include other groups. We need to raise £25k to develop our learning programme.

Corporate sponsors or those interested in leaving a legacy are invited to contact us on 01252 795571


Collection Development Policy

Find out about our policy here.
Donations of Objects/Artefacts

Thank you for your interest in donating your items to the museum. Our collection is based on the history of agriculture and rural life. We are in the process of updating many of our displays and we are currently actively looking to acquire:

  1. Old toys in order to transform our nursery into a Victorian Toy Shop
  2. Old cricket uniforms so that we can recreate the old changing room in the Cricket Pavilion.

If you have other items to donate, please get in touch with us using the form below with as much detail as possible and ideally a photo. Please be aware that due to limited storage capacity we are unable to take all items.

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