Back on the farm

A glimpse of rural life before the Second World War can be seen in an exhibition at March Museum from tomorrow. The museum is putting on a display of advertisements from the Farmer & Stockbreeder newspaper, published between 1936 and 1939, and supplied ma

A glimpse of rural life before the Second World War can be seen in an exhibition at March Museum from tomorrow.

The museum is putting on a display of advertisements from the Farmer & Stockbreeder newspaper, published between 1936 and 1939, and supplied mainly by Valerie Warner, whose husband Frank worked at Jimmy Kemps's dairy in Upwell Road, who took the papers for several years.

"Whilst at the dairy Frank delivered milk to the townspeople twice a day, as there were no refrigerators in homes at that time," said Richard Munns, museum vice-chairman. "The advertisements cover a wide range of farming life just before the war and make very interesting reading, especially where 'cures' for a number of diseases are claimed.

"It was about this time that the horse was being replaced on a large scale by tractors or small lorries. The 'Goliath', a three-wheel lorry with 24 body configurations and capable of carrying 14-19cwt, could be purchased for £188."


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The museum is open on Saturdays and Wednesdays (10.30am-3.30pm). Entry is free but donations are appreciated.

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