Thursday, 26 May 2016

Model Village Maintenance

Museum Volunteer David has been busy last Friday fixing the sail motor on the windmill in the model village, also pictured is fellow volunteer Peter.


Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Friday, 6 May 2016

Lister engine, ploughs and wattle fencing..

These ploughs have been renovated with new handles and a coat of paint. They are situated near the workshop.
 New wattle fences at the corner of the medieval house look much better

 Here Peter gets another Lister static engine running. Note the large drum for the water coolant.

After some spluttering, it runs!

For more information about the Lister company which was founded in 1867, please check this link.


Friday, 18 March 2016

More Machinery Renovation At Ryedale Folk Museum

Today Peter got the Lister Stationary Engine running, and also the Allis Chalmers tractor. Like some wartime tractors we found out the old Allis is a petrol paraffin model, farmers were using multi-fuel engines years before they became commonplace. To see some more pictures of the Allis Chalmers please click on this link to a previous blog entry

Jonathan S

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Textile Exhibition In The Gallery At Ryedale Folk Museum Saturday 19th March - Sunday 8th May

Textiles exhibition gets ready to open
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Transitions by etcetera

Textiles exhibition opens at Ryedale Folk Museum on Saturday 19 March.

Opening and meet the artists -
2 - 4pm Saturday 19 March

Etcetera is a group of seven nationally and internationally exhibited textile artists based in the North of England.
Find out more
FREE admission to the art gallery.
Etcetera is a new group composed of seven nationally and internationally exhibited quilt and embroidery artists based in the North of England. Each member of the group has produced a series of works inspired by the word ‘transition’. Their personal interpretation of the theme ranges from the sociopolitical to the more physical explorations of how stitch transforms cloth.

Linda Bilsborrow is driven by colour and the interaction of shapes. She enjoys the process of combining traditional techniques with surface design and machine quilting. Her Lifeline series deals with the transitions between different life stages – the phases of our lives that we all go through but cannot really see until we look backwards.

Julie Bunter creates textile art that explores the potential of hand stitch and reflects her fascination with the manipulation of materials. Her Transition work is an investigation of the making process: the accumulation of marks and stitches and the transformations that occur as a line of thread becomes stitch, pattern, structure and language.

Helen Conway has produced a body of work that explores the process of transition as experienced by immigrants, particularly in the Brick Lane area of London. Graffiti marks observed there are used to symbolize both the changing nature of inner city spaces and the experiences migrants have in transiting from one language and culture to another.

Leah Higgins has drawn her inspirations from man-made structures and constructs. Her Transition pieces, influenced by visits to Shanghai, seeks to explore the differences between the new public face of China and the government control and restrictions that still thread through every aspect of life.

Isobel Holland explores the question ‘quilts are stationary, safe and hopefully beautiful, but what if a quilt can transform into something else?’ In her Transition pieces she has created a series of work that incorporates an element of change and challenges traditional perceptions.

Magie Relph is heavily influenced by her travels in Africa: the movement of peoples and objects across vast distances and the changes that take place along the way.

Sandra Wyman has created a series of pieces that are autobiographical and represent a time of personal transition and self discovery.

The group will hold a series of ‘meet the artist’ events on:
Saturday 19 March 2-4pm, Saturday 26 March 2-4pm, Sunday 17 April 2-4pm, Saturday 23 April 2-4pm.

The Wartime Allotment At Ryedale Folk Museum

The fence around the wartime allotment is now finished.  This will give visitors an insight into allotment gardening during the Second World War and the Dig For Victory scheme.  Spot the anachronistic machinery being used. If they'd had these machines during the war, they'd have certainly used them!
 Crops have been planted.

 Here a Blackthorn tree is being thinned out.  
The trees up the path towards the allotment are looking much better now.


Monday, 7 March 2016

Exhibition Of Scouting Uniforms & Memorabilia At Ryedale Folk Museum

There is an excellent exhibition of Scouting uniforms from years gone by at Ryedale Folk Museum, some of which were used in the new Dad's Army film. You can see more by following this link here:

1940's Scout Shirt


Friday, 4 March 2016

Tractor Maintenance At Ryedale Folk Museum

At Ryedale Folk Museum  we have a few tractors which need some tlc and this was our mission today. We were very fortunate that a new volunteer - Peter, has started coming to give us a hand with this. We got our 135 running and had a go at the Allis Chalmers & International.

Jonathan S

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Hazel Coppicing

 Behind the Round House, the hazel trees are ready for a bit of attention.  On Monday volunteers began cutting them down at ground level.  The long thin branches will be used to make and mend woven hurdle fences.  The whole area is looking much tidier now and has yielded a useful product. 

For a brief history of coppicing, see here. 


Friday, 12 February 2016

We Are Open Again - Tomorrow!


Tomorrow, Saturday 13th February 2016, Ryedale Folk Museum opens its doors again at 1000 hours.
For further details ring 01751 417367

Friday, 11 December 2015

Some More Photos From The Free Christmas Weekend 2015

A few more photographs from the free Christmas Weekend of volunteers and activities.

A Merry Christmas To You All from everyone at Ryedale Folk Museum

Museum Volunteer Jim demonstrating traditional skep making

Making walking sticks and other wood-crafts

Children's Christmas crafts in the Manor House

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Ryedale Folk Museum Cornfield - Before & After

Cornfield in October
Cornfield with Mystery Man
Our cornfield in October shows the beginning of harvest, the corn stooked and after harvest being ploughed ready for sowing, who is the mystery man with his back to the camera?

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Ryedale Folk Museum How To Make An Orange Pomander For Christmas

Museum volunteer Jo demonstrates how to make an orange pomander for Christmas.


Ryedale Folk Museum's Free Weekend 2015

Here are a few photos of some of today' events at the museum, the children really enjoyed the crafts and it managed to stay fine - a miracle. JMS

Model Village covered in temporary snow

The Carousel playing carols

Stallholders setting up in the Gallery

Kath & Jo 

Beeswax candles

Yule Logs

Children enjoying the crafts

Friday, 4 December 2015


Free Christmas Weekend 5th - 6th December 2015

Merry Christmas Everyone

This weekend it's free admission all weekend 1000hrs - 1530hrs.

Come and join us for delicious warm mince pies 

mince pies
There will be various stalls offering artisan goods for sale and children's crafts as well as the usual museum attractions BUT THIS WEEKEND IT'S FREE

Ryedale Folk Museum Free Weekend 2015

Friday, 20 November 2015

The School House

Visitors may have noticed the sorry state of the School House.  Sadly, the weather has taken its toll on the wooden panels and the roof.  The situation has been made worse by the the overhanging trees which do not allow the building to dry out.  As a temporary measure, volunteers recently removed a lot of the branches and put a tarpaulin over the roof.  Having use of a chainsaw and Landrover with a winch made the task much easier.  This will provide a temporary solution but in the new year the building will have to have more longlasting restoration including the addition of proper guttering.