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40 Artefacts for 40 Years: Artefact 4 – Thrashing Machine

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This July the Museum will be celebrating 40 years since it was founded in 1976.

In celebration of this we asked 40 of our staff and volunteers to choose their favourite Museum artefact and share it with us. Some of these artefacts can be found in our 33 re-erected historic buildings, some are currently in our artefacts store waiting for use in one of the buildings that we have in storage. The Museum currently has 15 buildings in store waiting for the funds to be raised so that we can re-erect them in the future. Some of these artefacts are being conserved at present and are not on public view, whilst others are kept under cover to preserve them for the future.


You can find out more about how the Museum began in our Chiltern Open Air Museum Celebrates 40 Years blog


Trashing machine

Thrashing Machine

Keith Baggaley, Large Farm Artefacts Volunteer


This machine reminds me of helping at the local farm as a teenager at harvest time, and the lovely contractor man who brought the thrashing tackle. I then followed the contractor around the farms working with the thrashing gang.



Watch our Harvest video and see our thrashing machine in action


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