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The Science museum in Kensington London has a large number of tractors in its huge collection of material. Most are in storage at the large object store at Wroughton. They are mainly models considered of a technological significance to UK agriculture or engineering.

The CollectionEdit

Mogul tractor 12-25 sn F 1639 at science museum - 1982-976

Mogul 12-25 at Wroughton

The research for this list of objects in the collection was compiled as part of the Museum of Early Rural Life MERL project run by Reading university to document and collect information on Rural life in conjunction with other organisations, part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This list is an extract of a larger list of tractors in collections in the UK that was compiled by the project.

A recent review by the science museum and other heritage organsiations has identified that some of the objects purchased in the past for the collection are not particularly rare in that other collections have example or significant private collectors have examples and as they are seldom if ever displayed by the museum due to space constraints. The museum bought alot of the items at disperal sales of a cople of private collections as part of a 'project' at that time to create an agricultural history museum that has since been dropped. Some may be offered to other museums or sold at auction to allow the collection to concentrate resces on conserving/restoring and displaying existing items and filling gaps with more modern items of significance which has been identified as an are of weakness.[1][2]

Science museum tractor collection
Ref No. Make Model Year Technically Sig. Socially Sig. photo
1920-130 Ivel The Ivel Tractor 1904 ++
1965-3 Nuffield 460 1950's +
1966-148 Fordson Fordson F 1917 ++ +
1967-156 Ferguson The Ferguson 'Black' tractor 1935 ++
1980-1935 Ford-Ferguson 9 NAN 1944 +
1980-1936 Ferguson Ferguson TE20 1946 + ++
1982-1000 Caterpillar D2 1938c +
1982-1001 Fordson Fordson F 1916-17 +
1982-1003 Fordson Fordson N(Rowcrop) 1939/40 +
1982-1004 Austin  ? 1919c. +
1982-1006 Massey-Harris Massey-Harris GP 1930c. +
1982-1007 Allis-Chalmers Allis-Chalmers U 1933c +
1982-1011 Case Case model L 1931 +
1982-1012 Case Case model C 1931 +
1982-1014 Oliver Hart-Parr 18-28 1936 +
1982-1015 Oliver Oliver 80 1940c +
1982-1017 John Deere John Deere Model BR 1940 +
1982-1018 David Brown David Brown VAK1 1939/40 +
1982-1019 David Brown David Brown 2D 1955 +
1982-1020 Rushton  ? 1928 +
1982-1021 Kendall Kendall 14hp 1946
1982-1023 BMB BMB President 1948
1982-1025 Turner Manufacturing Co. Turner Yeoman of England 1949 +
1982-1028 Ransomes MG2 1937c + +
1982-1031 Fowler/Wyles Fowler Motor Plough 1917c. +
1982-1032 Crawley Crawley Motor Plough OM3 1919c. +
1982-1033 Minneapolis-Moline Moline Motor Plough 1917c +
1982-975 Mogul Mogul 8-16 1916 + +
1982-976 Mogul Mogul 12-25 1913-18 + +
1982-977 International International Titan 10-20 1917 +
1982-978 International International Junior 8-16 1921 +
1982-979 International McCormick-Deering 10-20 1925 +
1982-982 International Farmall Regular 1922 + +
1982-984 International International T20 (crawler) 1937 +
1982-985 International International T6 (crawler) 1939 +
1982-990 Marshall Marshall 18/30 1930c. +
1982-991 Lanz Lanz Bulldog 1930c. +
1982-992 Garner Garner 27hp 1919 +
1982-993 Wallace (Glasgow) Ltd Glasgow Tractor 1919 +
1982-994 Wallis Wallis Cub Junior 1914-18 +
1982-995 Burford Cletrac  ? 1919c +
1987-491 John Deere John Deere GPWT 1928 +

Note: Most of these items are in storage at Wroughton (Swindon) and not available for public viewings except on special open days.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Press relesases
  2. Old Tractor Magazine, November 2009

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