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Let Ryedale's museums take you on a journey back through time and help you uncover the fascinating past of this picturesque corner of North Yorkshire. The collections held by these five museums - Ryedale Folk Museum, Beck Isle Museum, Malton Museum, The North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s Archive and Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum - are of international importance and bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to the area each year. Together, they offer visitors of all ages a unique insight into Ryedale’s rich culture and heritage.
Located in the historic market town of Pickering, Beck Isle Museum has been dubbed Ryedale’s answer to the V&A. It’s a hidden gem, jam-packed with more than 60,000 different objects that bring Ryedale’s rich history to life. Overlooking Pickering Beck, the museum occupies a Grade II-listed, Regency house that was once poised to be the first agricultural college in England. Home to the museum since 1967, this fine building comprises 27 rooms, each of which has a different theme. Children will jump at the chance to get hands-on with the exhibits. With crayons, paper, toys and games available in the activity room, as well as a pretty picnic area by the beck, it’s the perfect spot for a fun and interactive day out for all the family. Play a game of shove ha’penny in the pub, visit the chemist to cure your ills or pop in the blacksmith’s to wish in the well.
At Ryedale Folk Museum you can literally step back in time and immerse yourself in rural life from the Iron Age right through to the 1950s. Located in the picture postcard village of Hutton-Le-Hole in the North York Moors National Park, the museum may look deceptively small from the front but is actually spread over six acres, where homes, businesses and shops from different periods in history have been recreated in minute detail. The site has the appearance of an entire village made up of historic settlements, giving visitors a real sense of what rural life was like for those who occupied this part of the world in years gone by. Wander into quaint country cottages, step into the gloomy interior of an Iron Age round house or pop inside the village school. The museum is also home to the Harrison collection, an array of everyday antiques and rare curiosities spanning five centuries of history, which includes everything from simple cooking pots to gruesome brain surgery tools. Children will enjoy the chance to meet the resident hens and Kune Kune pigs.
The fact that Malton Museum is tucked away in the Subscription Rooms on Yorkersgate in the heart of the charming market town of Malton belies the importance of the collections held there, which are of international significance. As Ryedale’s pre-eminent archaeological museum, it holds a vast collection of artefacts dating back to Malton’s Roman past, when a fort was located in the area, as well as items from Langton Villa, a Roman villa located just a few miles away. These unique snapshots of the area’s Roman past are brought to life with a regular programme of fun, interactive activities for younger visitors. Malton Museum’s collection also features objects relating to the area’s prehistoric past, as well as items belonging to more recent periods in history, including artefacts connected with horse racing, brewing and other aspects of local life.
The easiest way to find the The North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s Archive is to follow the plumes of steam rising from the heritage trains that make their way in and out of Pickering Railway Station. The station is home to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Europe’s most popular heritage line, and standing on its platform is like being transported back in time to its 1950s heyday. Steam and heritage diesel trains run between the attractive market town of Pickering and popular seaside resort of Whitby, a journey that takes passengers through some of Yorkshire’s most stunning scenery in the North York Moors National Park. Located in the Reussner Learning Centre at Pickering Railway Station, the archive holds a substantial collection of plans, architectural drawings, maps, papers, books and small artefacts relating to the history of railways in the North East of England between 1825 and the 1960s. The collection can be viewed for consultation and research purposes by prior arrangement, but also stages special exhibitions and events throughout the year.
On the edge of Malton is Eden Camp, a unique museum of social life in the Second World War, which occupies an original prisoner of war camp. Here, aspects of life on the home front are brought to life in reconstructions which include rationing, evacuees, the blitz and a war time music hall. The museum transports the visitor back to wartime Britain, where the civilian way of life during World War II can be relived.
The Woodhams Stone Collection is the life’s work of local residents Sid Woodhams and John Stone, who each spent more than 60 years collecting artefacts offering a rare and valuable insight into the social history of Norton, Malton and the surrounding area. Sid collected items relating to local businesses and tradesmen, along with thousands of household items and objects reflecting local and national events. John amassed hundreds of postcards and photographs of the local area, as well as a vast paper-based archive of public notices, advertisements and material relating to local businesses. Now, both men have gifted their collections to the people of Ryedale so that they can be preserved for future generations to enjoy. A permanent home is still being sought for this exciting new collection, but a selection of items is currently on display at Malton Museum in the historic market town of Malton.
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- Hutton-le-Hole, Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire, YO62 6UAMuseumFinest open air museum in Yorkshire. An amazing collection of rescued and restored historic buildings. Everything from craft workshops and thatched cottages to shops flints and a fire engine. The cottage gardens are a real treat. ...