The Worcestershire Country Museum opened the fourth of its new galleries, Plough to Plate, on 17th October to coincide with their Country Festival event, and we have provided a series of films on agriculture that can be seen by visitors on a specially produced DVD.
The museum has been undergoing redevelopment of all its permanent galleries with a view to making the exhibitions more relevant to their visitors by using themes about the county of Worcestershire. Plough to Plate is based on the agriculture of the county, before mechanisation.
The gallery is called Plough to Plate as it begins with a ploughman’s lunch. Each piece of food on the plate relates to a different type of farming or growing in Worcestershire:
Bread → Arable farming
Apple → Orchard fruits
Salad → Market gardening
Butter and Cheese →Dairy farming
Flagon of Beer → Hop Growing.
Each type of food has a small area in the gallery where it is investigated further. There are lots of objects in the gallery and plenty of interactive elements so that visitors can get involved. For example you can turn the butter churn, make jigsaws and discover the meaning of Worcestershire agricultural words, smell the smells of a hop yard, and listen to audios of local people talking about their experience of farm work before and during mechanisation.
As part of the gallery, visitors can watch an 8 minute film featuring some of the areas of farming and growing on display in the gallery. You can also watch some of these films online. Click the links below to view:
For more information on Worcestershire County Museum, visit their official website here