19th AIMA Congress, 2021

The International Association of Agricultural Museums (AIMA) welcomes you to its virtual conference, Past and Future Agricultures, hosted by the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL), 22-26 July 2021. To book your place please visit the MERL website.

The Museum of English Rural Life

Website: merl.reading.ac.uk The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) at the University of Reading uses its diverse collections to explore how the skills and experiences of rural people, past and present, help shape our lives.

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Virtual “Draft Animals” and a Virtual “Plowing Match” before they happen! A note from Bob Powell

Before I begin, I will blame this impromptu personal “blog” on our colleagues and friends, Cozette Griffin Kremer and Claus Kropp who suggested, nay twisted my arm, to write something to link two up and coming events.  As 2021 proceeds still under the effects of the Covid-19 virus, two related “virtual” events are occurring.  Firstly,… Continue reading Virtual “Draft Animals” and a Virtual “Plowing Match” before they happen! A note from Bob Powell

Year of the ox: an informative celebration of work oxen technologies worldwide

Abstract: A high-resolution educational poster has been created illustrating the use of working oxen in 62 countries. This portrays a wide variety of operations (including tillage, transport and post-harvest technologies) and harnessing systems (for single oxen, pairs and teams). While most work oxen are castrated cattle, some are cows or bulls. Some reasons for the decline… Continue reading Year of the ox: an informative celebration of work oxen technologies worldwide

Bees in Egypt of the Pharaohs

Abstract: In Ancient Egypt honey bees seemed to have been of great significance during all periods – as decoration or motif in various contexts as well as icon within the religious and mythological sphere. In addition to that, bees also seemed to have been devoted as a symbol of the royal status and were applied… Continue reading Bees in Egypt of the Pharaohs

Commercial bumblebee breeding in Norway

Abstract:Norway was early in starting to produce bumblebees for use in tomato cultivation in commercial greenhouses. This niche production is relatively complicated and therefore requires good knowledge and precise work. The Department for Agriculture was concerned that importing bumblebees could lead to importing of sicknesses and to genetic pollution of native Norwegian bumblebees. This article… Continue reading Commercial bumblebee breeding in Norway

AIMA Virtual Symposium 2020

We invite you to join AIMA on Nov 14th 2020 for our first virtual symposium: “Coping with crisis in Agricultural Museums“. As many of our members and we as an organization had to adapt and adjust to the ongoing crisis and its challenges, we would like to share our experiences with a wider public.

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Virtual Symposium Nov 14th 2020

We invite you to join AIMA on Nov 14th 2020 for our first virtual symposium. As many of our members and we as an organization had to adapt and adjust to the ongoing crisis and its challenges, we would like to share our experiences with a wider public. Register now: https://ingeniumcanada.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OaBkqCh9ReytGD5MIqwt_A The conference will feature… Continue reading Virtual Symposium Nov 14th 2020