The museum collection was begun around 1990 mainly by loans and donations from local families. The original focus of the collections can be broadly described as items pertaining to “Rural Life”- agricultural, social and domestic. This has resulted in a wide ranging and eclectic collection of objects. As the museum is now full to capacity, future collecting must be more focused and relevant. The core collections are now:
• The Alford Mart building and related items
• Agriculture, with specific focus on NE Scotland and the Alford area in particular
• Social and cultural life of Alford and Donside area
You can now explore some of the items from the collection by using the search facilities on our new online catalogue of objects. This work is ongoing and currently only reflects a small proportion of the thousands of items in the museum.