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Groundbreaking when it opened in 1951, the Agriculture gallery offered a fascinating insight into the history and future of farming.

The gallery traced the history of arable farming and considered a future of genetically modified food. From the ploughs and hoes of the Middle Ages to the combine harvesters and balers of the 20th century, this gallery presented a fascinating collection of original machinery and superb scale models.

Visitors could find out about dibblers, seed drills, clod-crushers and junglebusters, and see how the working life of an arable farm changes as the seasons unfold. There was the chance to examine an original Ferguson tractor and operate a cut-away combine harvester yourself.

See how the Agriculture gallery looked in 1966.