A Very Brief History of the
Farm Machinery Preservation Society

The Farm Machinery Preservation Society was formed in March 1968 by a group of about twelve enthusiasts who collectively, felt it was important to preserve our farming heritage and, at the same time take the opportunity to entertain and educate others by showing preserved farm machines at vintage rallies and other similar events.   

From those beginnings the Society has grown into one of the best known in the UK and has a membership of about 350 (2019). Most of the membership is centered in Essex and Suffolk but we do have members all around the UK and even one in New Zealand!    

One of the highlights of the member's year is the Annual Vintage Rally which, for many years was held in the magnificent grounds of Long Melford Hall in Suffolk by kind permission of Sir Richard and Lady Hyde-Parker.  

In recent years (2018-19) the annual rally has not been held due mainly to the amount of "red tape" placed upon us by our local Council. The Committee worked long and hard to find a way to comply with the requirements placed upon us but ultimately we have, for the foreseeable future, been forced to abandon any thoughts of holding another rally.
 (A Picture Gallery of the FMPS Rallies is now available, see menu)

In 2018 the Society celebrated 50 years of progress. and continues to be one of the most respected clubs of it's type in the UK.