The Agricultural Museum Askew began three years ago when the Old Buckenham Farmer John Askew decided to show their vintage tractors and the vast collection of tools and machinery over 50 years as a producer of milk.
The 78-year-old is hoping to attract more visitors and school groups Scales Farm making further improvements to the museum, located in an old barn.
Mr. Askew and his partner Alan Blakey are putting the finishing touches on a Heritage Lottery bid to improve the site, which opened its doors to visitors for the first time this year at the weekend.
The museum began after the two were speaking during a trip to see the bowls at Potters Leisure Resort in Hopton and decided to do something with the collection of rusty old tractors and agricultural tools Mr. Askew.
The couple received a donation of £ 9,600 from Awards for All to repair tractors, including vintage Fordsons, Fergusons and Massey Ferguson, born and agricultural museum.
Mr. Askew, whose father and grandfather were farmers Norfolk, said he hopes to succeed with an application to nearly 50,000 pounds Heritage Lottery Fund to create an old fashioned parlor and other new sections and to modernize the museum building.
I’ve been farming all my life and I was able to get this little 70-acre farm when he was 20 years old and now farm 500 acres. Dairy cows was 20 when I first arrived and got up to 130 before having to get rid of them five years ago. We were talking about what to do with all this and decided to make a museum out of it, “he said.
Among the exhibits are a standard Ford 1920 tractor, single furrow deep bailouts and harness horse that was made especially for the coronation in 1953 and used a local parade. Also includes photographs and memories agricultural, cultivators, plows and dozens of hand tools.
Mr. Askew added that it was important for the younger generation to learn about old farming techniques and provide insight into a family that has been in cultivation for 250 years. He added that he would soon have to find more space to accommodate its growing collection.
“Farming has changed tremendously. Ultimately, it is easier and better, but I like the old ways,” he added.
Mr. Blakey said they expected the more “professional” attraction, whether they were successful with a new offer lottery.
“The UEA in Norwich and school groups down and think milk comes out of the fridge and do not realize that many of these things were made by hand as they are now made by machines,” he said.
Askew Agricultural Museum is open on the second Sunday of each month from April to September and the appointment.