Museums

The mystery of the monster march machine

A family photograph showing a giant tank-like machine was featured in the paper EDP 24.

The owner of teh photograph, Peter Jarvis from Felthorpe, was mystified by the picture from his grandfather’s collection – showing a giant tractor with a shed on the top and a disc mounted on one side, which he thought was pictured on the flat marshes of north Norfolk.

But readers have come up the answer - and moved the focus to the peat bogs of Ireland, and a Suffolk-based manufacturer of farm equipment and steam engines.

Retired agricultural engineer and classic tractor fan John Burgess from Marsh Farm, Worlingham said he recognised the machine as one of a series which cut and loaded peat from Irish bogs to send to power stations.

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/did_you_guess_correctly_readers_solve_mystery_of_the_monster_marsh_machine_1_3908790 

 

Peat Museums
Many countries have museums that honour peat and the people whose lives were dominated by peat.

DENMARK

Stenvad Mosebrugscenter
The history of peat and peatlands, from fuel to horticultural use.
www.stenvadmosebrugscenter.dk

 

 

FINLAND

Lusto, the Finnish Forest Museum 
 
The museum displays mainly forests and forestry related items and information, but caters also for many aspects of peat & peatlands.
www.lusto.fi 

 

GERMANY

Naturschutzzentren Bad Wurzach

 
Nature conservation, mire developement, history of the landscape

www.naturschutzzentren-bw.de 

 

Moormuseum Moordorf


 Working and living in peatlands.

www.moormuseum-moordorf.de/ 

Museum Torfschiffswerft Schlussdorf
Peat transportation by boats, cultivation and colonization of peatlands.
www.landschaftsverband-stade.de/heimatverein_schlussdorf.html 

Naturschutz- und Informationszentrum Goldenstedter Moor
Nature conservation, use of peatlands, peatland archaeology and peat railway.
www.goldenstedter-moor.de

Moor- und Fehnmuseum Elisabethfehn
Nature trail, instruments and machines for peat winning, peat cottage, cultivation and colonization of peatlands, nature conservation.
www.fehnmuseum.de 

 

IRELAND

Peatlands Country Park, Dungannon (NI)

A 266ha country park with visitor centre, biodiversity education centre, guided walks and on site interpretation.
www.doeni.gov.uk/niea//places/parks/peatlands.shtml

An Creggan Visitor Centre (NI)
This visitor centre situated in the foothills of the Sperrins interprets the natural history of the local area.
www.an-creagan.com/

Cuilcagh Mountain Park and Marble Arch Caves, Floerence Court, Co Fermanagh (NI)
Cuilcagh Mountain Park is one of the best examples of the blanket bog ecosystem in Northern Ireland.
www.showcaves.com/english/ie/showcaves/MarbleArch.html

 

NETHERLANDS

Drents Museum
History of colonization of peatlands, peat winning.
www.drentsmuseum.nl

Veenkoloniaal Museum Veendam
The emergence of peatlands, history of peat winning.
www.veenkoloniaalmuseum.nl

VeenMuseum Vriezenveenseveld
www.veenmuseum.nl


Veenpark, Barger-Compascuum
Old "Plaggen" cottage, working and living in peatlands.
www.veenpark.nl

 

SWEDEN

Föreningen Ryttarens Torvströfabrik


Peat production in authentic environment.
www.ryttaren.nu