Welcome to the Agricultural Museum at Brook
Tucked away below the North Downs, in the small village of Brook between Ashford and Wye, is a unique museum. The Grade I listed barn, Grade II listed oast house and associated buildings of the Agricultural Museum Brook, house an impressive collection of Kent related agricultural objects.
The museum is owned and run by the Wye Rural Museum Trust, which was formed in 1996, to take over the ownership of the museum buildings and collections from the then Wye College.
We welcome you to explore our site and learn more about our history, buildings, collections and the Wye Rural Museum Trust.
As well as the usual opening hours we offer tours with our knowledgeable staff for both interested groups and schools by arrangement with the curator.
News and Events
Farmers prided themselves on choosing the optimum time for spring sowing e.g. to sow during a waxing moon was thought preferable. Many relied on the feel of the land on their feet even when these were covered with boots. Others wiped the back of their hands over the soil and some even took their trousers off and sat on the soil. A degree of exhibitionism may have been a factor in this!
Ploughing is the initial stage of preparing a fine tilth to grow the next season’s crop. Plough Monday – the first Monday after the twelfth day of Christmas – was traditionally the start of a new ploughing season and was celebrated by ploughmen in fancy dress hauling a plough through the village collecting money for the festivities. Any householder failing to contribute was at risk of having their garden ploughed!