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Brian Bell, MBE

Brian Bell
At the Suffolk Show, 1999, Brian Bell
(right) was presented with a Suffolk
Agricultural Association's special
award for services to agriculture.
Brian received the award from HRH
the Duke of York.

A Norfolk farmer's son, Brian played a key role in developing agricultural education in Suffolk from the 1950s onwards. For many years he was the vice-principal of the Otley Agricultural College having previously headed the agricultural engineering section. He established the annual 'Power in Action' demonstrations in which the latest farm machinery is put through its paces and he campaigned vigorously for improved farm safety, serving for many years on the Suffolk Farm Safety Committee. He is secretary of the Suffolk Farm Machinery Club. In 1993 he retired from Otley College and was created a Member of the Order of the British Empire for his services to agriculture. He is secretary and past chairman of the East Anglian branch of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers.

Brian's writing career began in 1963 with the publication of Farm Machinery in Cassell's 'Farm Books' series. In 1979 Farming Press published a new version of Farm Machinery, which is now in its fifth enlarged edition. Brian's involvement with videos began in 1995 when he compiled and scripted Classic Farm Machinery.
Brian Bell writes on farm machinery past and present for Farmers Guide and Tractor & Machinery magazines.

Brian lives in Suffolk with his wife Ivy. They have three sons

Books

Farm Machinery 6th edition 2016 
Seventy Years of Farm Machinery
2009
Seventy Years of Farm Machinery Part Two: Harvest 2010
Farm Machinery Film Records: Part 3 Testing & prototypes 2009
Seventy Years of Garden Machinery 2007
The Tractor Ploughing Manual, 2005
Farm Machinery, Farm Tractors, Farmyard Machinery, Farm Workshop, 1966 (out of print)
Farm Machinery,1979, 5th rev edn 2005
Farm Workshop, 2nd edn 1992
Fifty Years of Farm Machinery,1993
Fifty Years of Farm Tractors from Allis-Chalmers to Zetor, 1999
Machinery for Horticulture (with Stewart Cousins), 2nd edn 1997
Ransomes Sims and Jefferies, 2001

Videos/DVDs

Acres of Change, 1999
Classic Combines, 1996
Classic Farm Machinery Vol. 1 1940-1970,1995
Classic Farm Machinery Vol. 2 1970-1995,1995
Classic Tractors, 1996
Farm Machinery Film Records: Autumn work and rootcrops, 2007
Farm Machinery Film Records: Harvest, 2007
Harvest from Sickle to Satellite, 1998
Ploughs and Ploughing Techniques, 1997
Power of the Past, 1998
Reversible and Conventional Match Ploughing Skills, 2002
Steam at Strumpshaw, 1999
Thatcher's Harvest, 2000
Tracks Across the Field, 1999
Vintage Match Ploughing Skills, 2000
Vintage Garden Tractors, 2003

 

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