P452 ORACLE 452 Mon12 Oct C4 1750:01  4-Tel        MONDAYS at 6.30pm The third programme in this series visits the Somerset Rural Life Museud in Glastonbury. The Museum is based in what was, until 1972, a working farm, and its vast 1370 tithe-barn once belonged to Glastonbury Abbey. The Abbey Barn is one of the finest in the country, with a magnificent timber roof, and forms the museum's showpiece as well as its biggest exhibit.  More
P452 ORACLE 452 Mon12 Oct C4 1741:04  4-Tel        Inside the barn is a nostalgic assembly of horse-drawn implements, wagons and carts, cider-m—jing equipment and peat digging tools. Many of the exhibits date back to the last century, although one or two are earlier, and all come from Somerset farms. The Abbey Farmhouse dates from the time when the new railways were making it profitable to send butter, cheese and milk to London and the Midlands. The house has a purpose-built dairy, with a cheese room above.  More Next Item Guild Back-Up Computing
P452 ORACLE 452 Mon12 Oct C4 1751:01  4-Tel        Two rooms of the farmhouse have been used to illustratf the life of a local farmworker, John Hodges, who died nine years before Queen Victoria. A skilful and painstakingly researched exhibition documents the 63 years of his hard and, at times, miserable life. It does the same for his wife, who died in a workho5sb. The museum also has a large and growing collection of photographs and tape- recorded reminiscences of conditions as they used to be in the early years of the present century.  More Next Item Guild Back-Up Computing
P452 ORACLE 452 Mon12 Oct C4 1750:05  4-Tel        The collection includes the memories of of a blacksmith, a cooper, a baker, a midwife, a housemaid, a teazle-grower and a landowner. They reflect, in a personal way, the activities and social structure of the countryside before the traditional rural community disintegrated. The Somerset Rural Life Museum is at Abbey Farm, Chilkwell St, Glastonbury. The telephone number is 0458 32903.  Next Item Guild Back-Up Computing