Thursday, 26 November 2009

Blog Training Ryedale Folk Museum

Purpose of BLOG TRAINING is to give volunteers guidance on creating blogs that will explain to people using the internet the variety of work that the volunteers are carrying out at the Museum.

On Thursday, 26 November, in Fat Betty's (warm seating area) John, Peter, and Albert enjoyed a day's tuition on blogging from Carrie and Jonathan. The training was one-to-one and enabled the trainees to create and post RFM blogs. The trainees found blogging interesting and they hope to update and add to their blogs so that the progress of the on-going work at the Museum can be recorded, monitored and given wider publicity. Watch this blog!

D.I.Y. Wheelwright

Our Marshall Threshing machine, similar to the one seen in the Tess of the D’Urbervilles film, had rotted wheels. It has been limping along for demonstration days on modified Land Rover wheels but Traditional wooded wheels were needed.
Armed with texts from the museum library, Albert and Peter set about building replacements using traditional materials and techniques. The Wheelwright shop at the museum provided original tools which we supplemented with a modern lathe, band-saw and planer.

Traditional Timbers were selected , Oak spokes, Ash felloes. The original hubs, cast iron (Artillery hubs) were retained .
Crucial to the success, was drawing the wheel, full size on a plywood base. We built the wheel on to this, checking angles and sizes as we worked.
When the wooden wheel was completed Steve measured it’s circumference calculated the size for the steel tyre to allow for contraction after heating to fit. He cut and welded the original tyre to fit each wheel.
The tyres are heated to bright red to cause expansion, quickly dropped over the wheel, then cooled to cause it to shrink and grip the whole structure together.

Illustrations of stages in making the wheel.

Turned spoke end joint to the fellies

Hooping Plate used when fitting the rim.

Peter Ives


The Museum has a c. 1870s Marshall thresher dating from the second half of the 19th century. The thresher is used once a year Its wooden wheels are absolutely rotten and can not be renovated. We are attempting to make new wheels to the old pattern. We have recovered the tyres and metal stocks from the old wheels and these will be used built into the new wheels.

The spokes are oak (x12 per wheel - for strength and load bearing) and the felloes (pronounced 'fellies') are made of ash (the six outer sections of the wheel - ash for springiness and resilience). If the stock (centre hub) was to be in wood, this would be made from elm because of its curly grain to give strength and resistance to splitting. We have cast metal or 'military' stocks or naves.

The finished wheels will be hooped with metal tyres or 'hoops' that will be fitted 'hot' and allowed to shrink or 'nip' on to the felloes. The wheel will then be painted.
Albert Elliot

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Museum Christmas Weekend!

Come along to the Museum's Christmas weekend celebration! Loads of festive fun and activities. Craft, Cooking, Raffles, Tombola (everyone loves a tombola!!) and lots more. There's even a medieval Christmas re-enactment. Most important of all it is FREE ENTRY!

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

The Big Draw

During October half term, local artist Sally came into the museum to work with visitors to create their own pieces of art. These fantastic works were then on display in the Manor House until this week. Have a look at the photos below to see the fantastic creations.


Friday, 13 November 2009

Pigs & Hens

Pigs and hens at the museum are thriving, depite it being November

Jonathan S

Friday, 6 November 2009

The Great War

Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday will soon be here again, when we all remember those who gave their lives so that others could live. Looking through the collection Barry found a few photographs which most people will not have seen before. They are of Bamletts of Thirsk, which made agricultural implements and machinery. These pictures show the metal posts used for erecting barbed wire fencing in trench warfare. The workers, of course, are all ladies, the men who usually worked there being in the forces.

On Thursday 12th November the museum is organising a play with local schoolchildren a the village hall in Hutton-le-Hole called 'Standing in Line' based on the Great War.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Be a part of the Family Story Project

Are you a family living locally?

Would you like to take part in the Museums' family story project?

Create your own piece of family history by making a digital photo story about yourselves.

Include anything you like e.g.: Your favourite family stories, memories, traditions, objects, photos etc

Mums, Dads, Kids, Teens, Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles, all are welcome to join in. The more the merrier!

Realising the great stories there are, within ordinary family life.

If you are interested please contact/ask for Carrie at the museum.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

The Museum's Halloween Party

I spent two happy afternoons last week carving pumpkins in readiness for the museum's halloween party. Needless to say, I only had time to quickly carve one for my own gate post at home!
Having safely delivered all eight pumpkin lanterns on Friday I was left to ponder what to dress up as for the big night itself. I decided on lots of black and an old blanket for a shawl with severe black make up. With a basket of apples, my old crone outfit was complete.
On arrival at the museum on Saturday evening Mike instructed me to frighten the children by jumping out at them in the dark as they were escorted up the site to the story teller. I hid behind a coffin, I am not sure how scared the children were, but it was great fun and my cackling gave me a sore throat.
During the evening, I managed to take some very atmospheric photographs, I hope that they convey the sense of fun and hard work that went in to making what was a very enjoyable evening for all of the visitors, staff and volunteers alike.

Sue Gough