DT & Engineering Blog: Research visit to Murton Park – Yorkshire Museum of Farming

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The Yorkshire Museum of Farming is located in Murton Park near York in England. It is housed on a grass field site of approximately 14 acres (5.7 ha), and is the only museum in the district specifically dedicated to the subject of farming.

The core of the collection focuses on the development of the mechanisation of farming during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A wide variety of items are on display, divided between two main exhibition galleries, the Four Seasons Gallery and the Livestock Gallery. A number of rare breeds of livestock are kept on site, including a Togenburg goat ‘Jeffrey’ who has been made an honorary member and mascot for the RAF 609 (West Riding) squadron since March 2010.

I visited the Yorkshire Museum of Farming in order to research lesson ideas in which I can incorporate into design technology and engineering for the new school term. I gained a wonderful insight into farming design technology and engineering and how it has developed from the days of manual labour, then steam, then diesel and the Combine Harvesters we now have in modern farms.

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