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