History of the museum


From small beginnings

The Museum started out as bits of broken pottery kept in a shoebox by four-year-old Craig Delanoy in the village of Haddenham in 1969.

The museum opened for one Sunday a month and was run solely by volunteers under the curatorship of Mike and Lorna Delanoy (Craig’s parents) who received MBE’s for their services to museums and raising money for good causes.

The collection grew and after being in Mike and Lorna’s  garden until the early 1990s it opened in March 1997 at its current Denny Abbey site.

The collection, which now consists of over ten thousand objects, focuses on the farming and rural life of north and south Cambridgeshire which also incorporates a bygone collection by Frank Fossey of over two thousand objects.

The original Farmland Museum sign