The Senese Mezzadria Museum
The Museo della Mezzadria Senese di Buonconvento was built in the evocative seventeenth-century spaces of an ancient manor barn to document and revive, with a historical and highly evocative setting, a rural world that has now disappeared that characterized, up to the sixties, the landscape and the Tuscan company.
The museum offers insights into the life and work of the peasants and collects the various testimonies on sharecropping, a land management relationship in which the owner put the landed capital and the settler his work and that of his family, with the final division of fruits of the earth in equal parts.
The path, through period photos, original objects, literary passages, music, films and archive documents, presents special multimedia stations and numerous talking characters that refer to the typical figures of the farm: the owner, the farmer, the foreman, the housewife.
The exhibition is divided into two floors: in the first one there are sections dedicated to the agricultural landscape, the farm and the threshing that represented the end of the agricultural year, but also the mill and the rural village with its activities. On the second floor some themes are developed related to the farm and work in the fields and above all to the life of the sharecropping family, with the reconstruction of the setting of the farmhouse, in which objects and activities typical of the peasant tradition are recognized.