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Online Exhibition - Countryside Images

The Museum of English Rural life at the University of Reading (UK) would lke to invite you to visit the Farmer and Stockbreeder collection online exhibition at http://www.reading.ac.uk/merl/research/countrysideimages/merl-list.asp

Categories include: Agricultural Labour and People; Cattle; Children and Young Farmers; Crafts; Crops and Fruit; Harvesting and Picking; Haystacks, Ricks and Thatching; Horses; Land Cultivation; Machinery; Marketing and Packaging; Milking and Dairying; Pigs; Poultry; Rural Buildings and Landscape; Second World War and Agriculture; Sheep;Shows and Competitions; Women in Agriculture; Women's Land Army.

In September 2008 the Museum started the Digitisation of Countryside Images Project to digitise and catalogue 13, 000 glass negatives from the Farmers Weekly and Farmer and Stockbreeder photographic collections. Images date from 1920 to 1965 and represent the two most comprehensive collections of documentary photogrpahy relating to British farming and the countryside in the 20th century. The project is funded by JISC as part of the Enriching Digital Resources programme, a strand of the Digitisation programme.

The Farmers Weekly collection online exhibition will be available in September 2009.

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