Thursday, 14 May 2015

Pointing the Elizabethan Glass Furnace

Here we see volunteers repointing the glass furnace, using a 3:1 sand and lime mortar which has a russet dye added to it to give what archaeologists believe to be the correct colour.
 The initial exothermic reaction creates a great deal of heat.

 Peter and Jeff chiselling out the old mortar and putting in the new lime mortar.

 Albert and Richard hard at work
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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

The shop is finished and looking great!

Here are some photos of the newly finished shop. The new glass shelving is very versatile and shows off all the merchandise really well:
Looking very smart...
Peter doing some finishing touches. 


Friday, 27 March 2015

Thatching & Painting At The Museum

There has been significant progress in the thatched building the museum has put up over the glass furnace. It will look great when complete and should last years.
Jonathan nearly finished thatching

The Museum's Display Fordson Tractor Undergoing Repainting - Before

And after
 The Museum's tractor is looking really good after re-painting, it takes some hammer with being stood on the village green all year round.


Monday, 9 March 2015

New Thatched Building

Photos taken over the past few weeks showing the progress of the construction of the new thatched building over the glass furnace. The old one was lost in to a particularly bad winter a few years ago, this new one should be more weatherproof and blends in with other thatched houses at the museum.


Friday, 13 February 2015

Children's Half Term Activites

Half Term Children’s Activities

Title: Half Term Children’s Activities
You can join us for children’s activities on Tuesday 17th February and Thursday 19th February, 1pm – 4pm both days. Activities include making a bird collage and colouring, biscuit decorating in the White Cottage and making Tudor bookmarks!
Start Time: 13:00
End Time: 16:00

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Building The Ryedale Folk Museum Iron Age Roundhouse

Found this video hiding in YouTube of when the Roundhouse was built. Volunteers from local communities helped as well as museum staff and museum volunteers. How did they manage without tractors in the Iron Age?


Friday, 6 February 2015

Winter Wonderland At Ryedale Folk Museum Friday 6th February 2015

Winter doesn't stop the work getting done at Ryedale Folk Museum. Staff &volunteers wrapped up against the elements and cracked on with some painting in the Iron-Age roundhouse. Wendy Greenwood - Chief Artist painted an excellent Green Man, Richard Bowman did the complicated logo of the museum which was no easy task. Me, I did the fish and beaver, We did have some hardy visitors which was nice to see as it was a bit chilly, but there are plenty of indoor attractions at the museum, including the Harrison Collection and loads of period buildings.


Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Shop refurbishment

Part of RFM's shop is being refitted by volunteers.  It will hopefully be finished soon and looking great.
Photo courtesy @RyedaleFolk


Friday, 23 January 2015

RFM looking beautiful in the snow

Happy New Year!  Here are some pictures to show RFM's wonderful setting, made all the more striking in the recent snow.

Please note that the museum opens on Sunday 1st February.


Saturday, 6 December 2014

Merry Christmas From Ryedale Folk Museum & Don't Forget Tomorrow Is Last day For Free Entry

Richard & Wendy Getting Into The Christmas Spirit

Free admission tomorrow.

Please come with the family and take part in the last day of the free admission weekend. There is plenty to do for all the family, extra activities and crafts on as well as the massive collection of artefacts from neolithic age to the 1950's. Don't miss out !


Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Geoff Willey Cine Projector

Here is photographer Geoff Willey's Bell and Howell 613 16mm cine projector.

During the war, Geoff worked for the government and travelled around the North of England showing propaganda films. In his book - Ryedale In My Heart - he recounts the time when he came to Hutton-le-Hole village hall. There was no electricity and a generator was used to power the projector.
In the picture below, Geoff is shown putting on a film for army personnel.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Christmas preparations...

On Monday, 24th November, Jo and Veronica put up these lovely Christmas garlands and wreaths in the Manor House.

It's looking really festive now.

Meanwhile Roger, Tom and Hazel are clearing leaves from the area around the model village.


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Curious artefacts and classification

A visit behind the scenes at Ryedale Folk Museum reveals a wealth of artefacts which have been classified but are not yet on display.

Whenever the museum acquires new items, volunteers have to work out what it is and classify them. The document used is Social History and Industrial Classification. 

Everything which arrives at the museum is categorised.  There are four categories – Community Life; Domestic and Family Life; Personal Life; and Working Life.  Each of these are subcategorised – so within personal life is costume and within that is hats and so on…

Can anyone guess what this is….

This device was used for pigeon shooting – the pigeon is held in the box and when it is to be released, a wire is pulled which opens the box releasing the bird.  Thankfully illegal now, replaced with clay pigeons. Is that where “Pull!” comes from?

Here we have another curious artefact – Greener’s Humane Cattle Killer with helpful illustration showing how it’s used.


Finally, a very rare Tudor clock showing its hand made cogs.  This was once used as a church clock. 

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Museum Closed For One Day Tuesday 18th November 2014

Image found at:http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/05/41/13/b7/charlie-s-hamburgers.jpg accessed 15/11/14. 
Ryedale Folk Museum is closed on Tuesday 18th November due to a scheduled power cut, we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Friday, 14 November 2014

How To Chop Wood Easily With The Ace Chopper Axe

 This is a quick demo on using the Ace Chopper Axe, made in the U.S.A, very useful for chopping logs, filmed by Museum Technician Richard Bowman.

Jonathan S

Ploughing The Cornfield

Here are a few pictures I found of Ken Hornby ploughing the cornfield with a Ford Dexta.
Ken Hornby ploughing with Ford Dexta.


Getting Ready For Christmas Weekend

Today Richard & I cleaned up the carousel ready for the free Christmas Weekend. Originally it had been a searchlight from the Second World War.


Monday, 10 November 2014

A Foggy Monday Morning....

Monday 10th November and it's a crisp foggy morning....

The workshop is a hive of activity.

Here we find Albert, Geoff, Alan and Peter busy with various projects...

Constructing a case with pigeonholes for selling items in the shop.

John is checking the electrics and is shown here upgrading a section of wiring.

Hazel is busy in the Victorian kitchen garden taking out some beetroot which is ready.