Monday, 14 April 2014

Since the museum first opened 50 years ago a lot has happened in the world of eggs!

To celebrate the museums 50th birthday and eggs this Easter we have put together a quiz all about the history of eggs in the last 50 years.

 Can you put these facts in the right order to match the timeline?

1953 - 1957 – 1957 – 1960s –1971 – 1986 –1998 – 2003 – 2007

A.   Egg sales are boosted literally overnight when Delia Smith features a ‘how to boil the perfect egg’ on her cooking show

B. The British Egg Marketing Board is launched.

C.  New research suggests that eating eggs for breakfast can help people lose weight

D. The UK egg eating habits reaches its peak with every person eating nearly 5 eggs per  week!

E. The British Egg Industry Council (BEIC) begins.

F.  The British Lion mark is introduced, requiring eggs to be graded and stamped.

 G. Eggs come off rationing.

H. The Eggs Authority takes over.

I. Egg sales increase as The Atkins diet hits the headlines.

Look back here for the answers next week!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Our New Bird Hide, now open!

Thanks to the hard work of our volunteers and the North York Moors National Park volunteers we now have a bird hide for visitors to enjoy. The project was also made possible thanks to funding from the Jack Brunton Charitable Trust.

The Bird Hide is positioned at the top of the site next to the Iron Age Round House, looking out onto the Cornfield Flower Meadow.

Once the meadow begins to flower and the wildlife comes out we hope the hide will be a great place where visitors can enjoy watching nature and through information inside be able to identify what they are looking at.

To celebrate our new bird hide we are having an ‘All Things Bird’ week on our social media sites. As chickens are one of the most common types of bird found we thought we would share with you what chickens we have here at the museum.
We currently have 8 historic breeds of chicken and 1 duck! All are utlitiy breeds (bred for eggs or meat) apart from our Silkies who are bred for show.

This breed was developed in France in the 1800s for meat and eggs.
Their eggs became popular in London during the 1880s, which led to an increase in their breeding by British farmers.
A placid garden hen but best as free rangers as they need exercise.
The eggs are brown.

The breed was developed in the early 1900s in Holland and named after the local village of Welsum.
The handsome cockerel resembles the famous Kellogg’s bird.
They are a ‘non-sitting’ breed and not particularly good mothers although they can get broody. They are good foragers on free range.
The Welsommer is used for egg production. The eggs are large, ‘flower-pot’ brown. A single hen will lay around 200 in a year.

Buff Orpington
Dating from about 1900, this variety originates from the Black Orpington bred in 1886 as a good-bodied table bird that produced large eggs.
Free range birds, they are greedy and need exercise, but they make good mothers.
Other varieties are Blue and White.
They lay speckled eggs.

Blue Orpington
The same as the Buff Orpington but with different colouring.

Light Sussex
One of the oldest UK birds, developed for meat and eggs in 1890. It is alert but placid, adaptable to either free range or runs.
There are also speckled and red varieties.
They lay cream to light brown eggs.

The Silkie is a breed of chicken named for its fluffy plumage, which is said feels like silk. The breed has several unusual qualities such as its dark blue flesh and bones, blue earlobes, five toes on each foot (most chickens have four) and they also come in several different colours – blue, black, white and partridge.

This Dutch breed of chicken is named after the Dutch town of Barneveld. It is a cross of 19th century Dutch landrace chickens with Asian breeds imported to Europe in the mid-late 19th century.

This is a highbred egg layer, which lays lovely green eggs!

Muscovy Duck

A large duck native to Mexico, with the males about 76 cm or 30 inches long, and weighing up to 7 kg or 15 pounds.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Build your own Bird Box!

To celebrate our spring-watch themed holiday activities we are running a number of spring-watch themed features on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as our blog that you can get involved with. They include ‘5 Signs of Spring’, ‘Bird Week - watching & identifying’, ‘Egg Quiz’ and other discovery challenges.

Our first spring-watch blog is a tutorial put together by our workshop volunteers on how to make your own bird box. It is really simple so why not give it a go!

Step 1: Mark out your bird box pieces to the dimensions given.

Step 2: Cut out the pieces, using a hand saw, or alternatively a Bandsaw or Jigsaw. Be careful!

Step 3: When all pieces are cut out place them together to make sure they fit.

Step 4: Starting with the sides and back nail your pieces together. We recommend drilling pilot holes for your nails or screws to fall into, this will reduce the risk of your wood splitting!

 Step 5: Fix the bottom in place using the same method as the sides(pilot holes and screws)

Step 6: Put the front in place and mark where the entrance hole will go and where the edges meet, trim down if necessary (to make sure the lid is a snug fit) and fix in place.

Step 7: Using an old bicycle tyre, cut out a strip and tack it to the lid and onto the back piece to create a hinge. You could also use a normal hinge!

Step 8: Finally drill a hole in the front (birds entrance) and a small pilot hole in the top of the back piece (for fixing to a shed or tree). And your bird box is done!

We are trying to inspire children to enjoy the great outdoors and explore nature’s garden through a number of spring-watch themed activities. We are using our Easter holiday events to raise awareness of and get children watching out for signs of spring.
Families will be able to spot bluebells, catkins, blossom, birds and egg and learn about the meaning behind ‘Mad as a March hare!’ with a fun trail. In addition they’ll be cooking in the Victorian White Cottage and children’s hands-on crafts. The spring-watch themed month ends with a celebration on Easter Monday, where you can see spinning weaving and knitting demonstrated by Cleveland Fibre Arts group, sample tasty hot cross buns on the range, go on an egg hunt, mangle print your own Easter card or enjoy some children’s Easter crafts.

The Easter holiday activities take place on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays from 11am – 4pm between Tuesday 8th and Thursday 17th April. The Easter Monday celebration event takes place from 11am – 4pm on Monday 21st of April. Normal admission charges apply.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Passing Of A Great Volunteer - John Nicoll


A much valued and respected volunteer John Nicoll died suddenly on March 14th. John was always someone who I regarded (like many volunteers/museum staff) as a good friend. He always worked to a very high standard and got the job done. In particular the model village is a monument to his labours, I took dozens of photos of the restoration as it progressed, it is a credit to John and his wife Colleen. John will be missed by us all at the museum.

Jonathan S

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Top 5 Gadgets

To celebrate National Science & Engineering Week we have been sharing our top 5 gadgets from the collection on our Facebook and Twitter pages. So I thought I would collate them on here for everyone to enjoy!

Gadget #1 -  The Pulsocon

This ‘Pulsocon’, also called the ‘Macaura Blood Circulator’ was simply a hand-held vibrating massager, which was applied to the body as a cure for a range of different illnesses including
constipation, rheumatism,  paralysis, asthma and heart disease.
The operator would hold the gadget with the flatter end pressed against the patient’s body, they would then turn the crank handle quickly to create strong vibrations. These strong vibrations were supposed to awaken subconscious organs, and improve blood-flow around the body.

 Gadget #2 – The Mechanical Hairbrush! 

Used as beautifully illustrated in the image, however it looks like its removing hair rather than just brushing it!

 Gadget #3 – The Wig Powderer! 

A tube would be connected to the end on the right and the end on the left has a screw top with holes in. You would screw off this end and place in your white powder and screw the lid back on. You would then blow through the tube end, to blow the white powder through the holes and over the wig to create that lovely dusty look!

Gadget #4 - A good old fashioned hearing aid!

A little different to the high tech ones you see today, not half a discreet!
The little plastic end would go in your ear and you would hold it there to listen when people spoke.

Gadget #5 – The Tinder Pistol

One of the earliest lighters. The trigger released a mechanism that struck a piece of iron and directed the sparks on to the tinder which ignited.

Monday, 10 March 2014

New Cycle Routes – Available Now!

Thanks to some LEADER funding we now have 3 new Heritage Cycle Rides for you to try out! They each differ in length and take you around the local area whilst highlighting the points of interest. The cycle leaflets are free and can be picked up from the museum’s shop. Take a look at them by clicking on the links below.
(Hutton le Hole – Lastingham – Appleton le Moors – Spaunton) This is a short ride with some level stretches and a few climbs – but from Spaunton its all downhill.
(Hutton le Hole – Gillamoor – Fadmoor – Kirkdale – Kirkbymoorside) An undulating route with several uphill climbs on mostly quiet road terrain. A small section of off road riding in the middle is gently downhill. The long climb up to Gillamoor is rewarded with stunning scenery and provides a chance to catch your breath. Great views!
( Hutton le Hole – Blakey Ridge – Rosedale – Lastingham) For the more serious cyclist, it is a great ride for a summer’s day.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Pancake Day!

Pancakes have been a delicious part of our lives for a very long time, with pancakes believed to being traditionally eaten on Shrove Tuesday for more than 1,000 years!
Pancakes have a long history and have developed in taste in this time, it is even believed that cooks would often use fresh snow as it contained ammonia to help the pancakes come out soft and fluffy!
William Shakespeare loved pancakes so much, that he often mentioned pancakes during his plays!

But why not try a slightly different recipe this year with one of our special recipes!

Let us know what you think!

Monday, 24 February 2014

Our Community in Photos

To celebrate our community here are some of our favourite photographs from our archive:

High Bridge, Rosedale Abbey 

Official opening of new bathing pool, Rosedale Head 1959

Hayes Family Portrait, Rosedale 1906

Farndale Silver Band, 1931

Procession, Low Farndale 

Playing on Ice, Rosedale Chimney Bank 1940

The Depots, Rosedale East

Monday, 17 February 2014

10 Reasons we Love our Location!

In the run up to Valentines day, we are sharing our top 10 reasons why we love our location! 

Reason Number 1 

Being within the beautiful Hutton Le Hole and the North York Moors National Park! (Image Chris J Parker NYMNPA)

Reason Number 2

Community celebrations, traditional village shows and fairs!

Reason Number 3

The unusual grazing residents!

Reason Number 4

The amazing nature & wildlife.

Reason Number 5

The amazing local crafts!

Reason Number 6

The amazing variation of coast, woodland,moors, and countryside! Just a short drive to The AONB: Howardian Hills, Dalby Forest, Scarborough and the North York Moors!

Reason Number 7 

The country pubs and breweries!

Reason Number 8 

The amazing locally hand made food! Everything from pies to chocolate!

Reason Number 9

The strong heritage in the area! With the wonderful Beck Isle Museum & the North Yorkshire Moors Railway just down the road.

Reason Number 10 

 The wonderful art festivals! Helmsley Arts Centre, Ryedale Book Festival, Yorkshire Cajun & many more! Cheering us up all year long!