Friday, 3 December 2010

December 2010 Snow!

Member of staff Emma Colclough took these great pictures of the snow at the Museum. It hasn't showed any signs of melting yet so sadly we have had to cancel the Christmas Weekend Event. These pics are great though and it does look like a real winter wonderland.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Christmas Weekend Event - Cancelled!

We are very sorry to announce that due to the severe weather and road conditions we have cancelled this years Christmas Weekend Event.  We will make up for it with more fantastic events in the new year though!  Wishing all a Merry Christmas from Ryedale Folk Museum!

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Apprentice 2

Hey everyone!!!

It has been a cold few days!!! Talk about a lot of snow. Good for having a snowball fight or even making a snowman.

At the museum we are getting ready for our Christmas Weekend. And get this -IT IS FREE to everyone for the whole weekend! We have got so much happening, come up. There will be something suitable for everyone as well as seeing the museum itself you can have a lot of fun at the same time.

See everyone later.

Little em.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Official Opening of the Model Village

On Friday 19th November the model village at Ryedale Folk Museum was officially declared complete and open!  The volunteers have worked on restoring the village since its arrival in 2008.  For more history of the project see volunteer John Nicoll's previous blog post - 
The official unveiling of the plaque was performed by Anne Mcintosh MP.  See the video below:


Sunday, 14 November 2010

Christmas Weekend Event 4th-5th December

Apprentice 2

Hey everyone!

This week I have been celebrating because on Tuesday 9th November that marked my one year anniversary at the museum!!!
Seriously, how fast as this year gone?!
I can't believe how much I have done in one year. I have done Front of House, delivered sessions to school groups, been to a few conferences and certainly lots more.
I would like to thank all the members of staff and the volunteers who work at the museum. They have gave me a lot of support over the past 12 months.
So I am in my final year but I don't need to go to college because that is all completed now. I only need to gather evidence for my portfolio. I will soon need to think about what I would like to do after my Apprenticeship because last year went really fast and I have a sneaky feeling that this year will go just as fast.

Thank you all again.

Little em

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Mike Benson on BBC Radio Tees

From Shared Horizons

Mike Benson, Director of Ryedale Folk Museum will be on BBC Radio Tees reviewing the papers on Saturday 13th November 2010 at 0930ish. Please tune in and listen, it's bound to be entertaining...

Jonathan S

Mike Benson on BBC Radio Tees

From Shared Horizons

Mike Benson, Director of Ryedale Folk Museum will be on BBC Radio Tees reviewing the papers on Saturday 13th November 2010 at 0930ish. Please tune in and listen, it's bound to be entertaining...

Jonathan S

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

McCain Potato Story Bus Donated to Museum

McCains have donated the Potato Story bus to the Museum.  It Arrived on site on Saturday 23rd October and can be seen and visited in the orchard on site.  The Museum is very excited and grateful to have the routemaster double decker and it has huge potential for future use.

Potato Week and Big Draw Now On, Halloween coming soon.

This week sees many potato based activities, cooking and craft on site as well as the arty 'Big Draw' activities in the Manor House. Saturday the 30th will see the annual Halloween Party take place at the Museum. Spooky goings on, weird and wonderful outfits, Ghoulish ghost walks etc etc. Fun for the whole family. Tickets can be bought on the door for £3.00


Monday, 11 October 2010

Apprentice 2

Hey everyone!!!

Its October! Nearly Halloween!!! We are in for a spooky night at the museum. Make sure you get yourself up because its going to be a great night. Certainly a great opportunity to get dressed up.
I am really looking forward to it.
I can't believe my interview was on Halloween last year. I feel as though I have been at the museum for a lifetime.

Next week Rolf from college is coming to do an observation and he will also be talking to Marky Mark and Little Richard. That should be good because Rolf says that I need an observation with me doing a session with a school and funnily enough there is a school on Tuesday so that is the perfect opportunity for an observation.

See you all later.

Little Em

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Ryedale Folk Museum and BBC Radio York

BBC Radio York made a 5 pt short documentary about Ryedale Folk Museum which was broadcast on the week of 27th September 2010. This is part 1 of the broadcasts put to photographs from the Museum.


Friday, 8 October 2010

More Second World War Coming To Ryedale Folk Museum

On 15th - 17th October we are hosting yet another popular wartime event, with the help of a re-enactment group from the North East called Yesterday Heroes. They wear authentic uniforms from the era, U.S, British and German  forces. Their website can be found here:  .

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Earl of Feversham Costume Display

The Manor House is currently housing a display of court dress worn by the Earl of Feversham (1906 - 1963).  The Earl served as Lord in Waiting at the courts of King George V and Edward VIII between the years 1934-1936 until Edward's abdication.

The Display has been put together by volunteers from the costume department at the Museum.


Friday, 24 September 2010

Cleveland Fibre Arts photos

Here are some photos from the Fleece to Jumper Day we held last weekend:


Thursday, 16 September 2010

From Fleece To Woolly Jumper

On 19th September we are having a demonstration on making a woolly jumper, please ring us for exact times.                                               

Jonathan S

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Apprentice 2

Hey Everyone!

Last week Mike and I travelled down to Birmingham for an Apprenticeship Conference.

Before Mike came to collect me I was sat watching the Jeremy Kyle Show. (BEST DAY TIME TV!!!) It was about 10.30am so I turned the TV off and I got myself ready. I then looked out of the window and I saw a red car outside. I was like... nice Birmingham here we come!!!
When we were sat in the car Mike said 'Don't say: Are we there yet?'
We had been travelling for about one hour and a half so we stopped off somewhere for something to eat as we felt rather hungry. We went to Burger King. After we had eaten we had to get some petrol, but we had forgot to get some when we came out and Mike only realised when we were driving on the motorway. We didn't have enough petrol to get us to the next services place so we had to go back to the place where we had just eaten. At this point Mike called himself a muppet!!!
After we had got the petrol we were on our way again. We were driving past Sheffield and I got a text message on my phone and it was from my mum. She said: Are you nearly there? Then I said: No we are just going past Sheffield. Then my mum said: Ooh is Meatloaf there? She asked this because we are going to see Meatloaf himself in December at Sheffield. CAN'T WAIT!!!
A couple of hours later we managed to get into Birmingham. It was rather busy. We wanted to see if we could find our hotel at about 2' 0 clock but we seemed to have got lost finding it. There was someone walking so we pulled over and said: Excuse me, could you tell us where to find Waterloo Street. Premier Inn Hotel.
A few minutes later we had found our hotel but there was no parking spaces. So Mike pulled up outside the hotel and asked the receptionist the best place to park the car. On the way here we drove past a multi story car park so we went in assuming we were able to park over night. We went to see the parking attendant person and Mike asked him: Can we park here over night? He said: No. (Mike does a great impression of him by the way.) The man said nothing else.
So when Mike came out of the hotel we looked at the car park list and you wouldn't believe it but there was the car park which we went in on the list so we just stayed overnight in the car park where we had just came from.
At this time it was about 14.50pm. We got checked into the hotel and I just laid flat out on the bed. Talk about comfy beds!!! While I was sitting in my room I rang my family up saying that we had got down to Birmingham safely. While I was talking to them I was trying to put the tele on but I couldn't. I was like it can't be rocket science but a few hard minutes I managed to get it working.  It got to about 16.55pm so Mike and I went down to meet a lady who Mike knows. Sam the person who we met had an interview that day and she got it. We said CONGRATULATIONS!!! So we went out for something to eat at an Indian place. I was allowed to have a couple of vodka cocktails but I wasn't allowed to get too drunk because I would be hung over the next morning. After we had eaten Sam took us to a Jazz club in town. That was good to experience because I had never been to a Jazz band before.
It was about 11.00pm. I went into my room, got my pyjamas on and went straight to bed. The next morning I woke up at about 7.15am. I got dressed and then I got all my stuff packed and ready to be taken to the car. Mike and I went down for breakfast. I had a big bowl of porridge and Mike had the good old full english breakfast. (I really can't stand full english breakfasts!!!) After breakfast we took all the stuff to the car and then we went to find the place where the conference took place. It was only about 9.00am and the conference didn't start till 10am - 10.30am but we still went in and we did some finishing touches to our presentation. 10.30am came round very quickly and the conference had started. I think I ate too much the night before because I felt really sick or it might have been just nerves. Our talk wasn't until after lunch so that gave us enough time just in case we wanted to change our presentation slightly and I also had enough time to chill out a bit. After lunch there was a couple more speakers before our talk and I was really relaxed now. A bit nervous but I was really excited at the same time. It finally got to 14.25pm. It was our turn!!! Mike went up first to do his talk and go through the presentation. Before giving the talk Mike managed to get his joke in. 'What's the difference between a camera and a sock?' Mike talked about the Apprentices and giving the opportunity to young people. He also talked about what its like to work with young people. A few slides on it had got to my radio speech. This is the one I recorded at Minster FM talking about our May Day event. At the end of that everyone applauded and said well done!!! I wrapped up the conference by doing my speech as I was the final speaker. I talked about what the apprenticeship has done to me, what jobs I do and I finished off with a bit of a twist. I said to them all: 'If anyone has any dreams they wish to follow, I say go for it because you only live once and there is the whole wide world out there. Don't let anything or anyone stop you. When I had finished my speech people applauded and said well done. That is a great way to end the conference. Also a woman came to see me and she said: I have come to shake your hand and say thank you very much. You have really inspired me. I was smiling so much because I can't believe I had gone down to Birmingham and do a speech in front of lots of other really important people. It was just amazing. I thank Mike and everyone else who works at the museum for giving me this chance to be myself and they have given me so much support. So thank you Ryedale Folk Museum!!! If anyone would like to ask any questions feel free. I will do my best to answer them for you.
Thank you everyone again.
Little Em.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Tatie Picking

In North Yorkshire it was traditional for taties to picked in autumn, generally in October. Half-term in October was traditionally known as Tatie Picking Holiday, as children often helped, lured by extra cash and free spuds to take home. It helped me buy my first computer back in 1986.

The video in this post shows how it was done in the 1950's, we are having a Potato Week in October 25th-October 29th with things to do and see for all the family.

Jonathan Severs

Wednesday, 8 September 2010


Twenty-four varieties of potato grown at the Museum in 2010.
Potato Week October 25 - 29

Harvest Day 2010

The 5th of September was Harvest Day at the museum.  A 1940s Massey Harris Sunshine Binder was in use in the cornfield.  Take a look at the pictures and video below:

CG (pics by Pete Gough)

No Name Re-enactors at the Museum

Take a look at the video and slideshow below to see some of the re-enactors in action.  The group represented Roman, Viking and Saxon ages.  Authentic cooking, wood turning, spinning, weaving and flint napping were all on display.


Sunday, 5 September 2010

Wheelwrighting at the museum

On Wednesday 1st September staff and volunteers hooped 3 wheels using traditional methods, following a successful wheel hoop earlier in the year.  The vintage binder (circa 1870) can now be fully restored.  There are two videos below of the days events.  The event was also attended by a master wheelwright Phillip Gregson and his two apprentices Charlotte and John.  Phillip had seen the previous wheel hoop video on youtube and came a long way to see the rest done!  Thanks to all who took part and spectated.


Thursday, 2 September 2010

Apprentice 2

Hey everyone!!!

Its the last week of the summer holidays. Where has it gone?!

Considering the cold Bank Holiday we had quite a good couple of days. This was when Rosa Mundi - Medieval Re enactors, came to the Museum. It was great fun working when they were here. As mentioned the weather was terrible!!!

Also it is great to have the two new apprentices starting. Always good to have a couple pairs of extra hands. I know that they are both going to be fantastic.

Autumn is nearly upon us. Sunday 5th September is our Harvest day. So come on up for a memorable day.

See you all sometime.

Little Em

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Rosa Mundi Medieval Re-enactors

Rosa Mundi set up in the orchard on site at the museum this bank holiday weekend.  Have a look at the pictures and video below to see some of the action.


Sunday, 22 August 2010


Hey everyone!!!

Half way through summer. Can you believe it!!!
For me this has been one of my greatest summers and I would like to thank everyone who volunteers here and all the members of staff who work here too!

I have done quite a lot recently. For example: I have been rag rugging in the cottages, I have been in the warm seating area and I have also been helping Wendy Simms with her craft activity. (WHAT A BUSY SUMMER!!!)

Cottage Cooking week is also on next week. I said that I would do some cooking in Stang End. Hope it doesn't end in disaster!!!

Well I hope everyone has had a fantastic summer and I will see you all a bit later.


Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Activities on site!

As well as the museum's special events there are also loads of activities happening on site daily.  Below is a rough guide to upcoming displays and activities.  Don't forget the new Andy Black Exhibition in the Gallery too!

Wed 18th – Spinning in the Manor House, Cooking in White Cottage, Bug Making in the Study centre
Thurs 19th – Weaving in the Manor House, Bug Making in Study Centre, Ros Mckenzie book signing in Fat Bettys
Fri 20th – Yorkshire Daisies in WW2 Hut, Local Myths and Legends in the Roundhouse (10.30-12.30 & 1.30-3.30)
Sat 21st – Local Myths and Legends in the Roundhouse (10.30-12.30 & 1.30-3.30), Cooking in White Cottage
Sun 22nd – Weaving in Crofters Cottage, Cooking on site.

Mon 23rd – Rope Making, Medieval Cooking in Stang End, Local Myths and Legends in the Roundhouse (1.30-3.30)
Tues 24th – Spinning in the Manor House, Local Myths and Legends in the Roundhouse (1.30-3.30)
Weds 25th – Local Myths and Legends in the Roundhouse (10.30-12.30 & 1.30-3.30), Drop Scone making in White Cottage, Spinning in the Manor House
Thurs 26th – Cooking in Gypsy Caravan, White Cottage and Crofters Cottage, Bug Making in Study Centre
Fri 27th – Cooking on site, Crazy Patchwork in WW2 Hut
Sat 28th – Fat Betty’s – Kirkbymoorside History Group
Sun 29th – Rosa Mundi – Medieval Reenactors, Fat Betty’s – Robin Butler Book Signing, Kirkbymoorside History Group.


Tuesday, 3 August 2010

August Events at the Museum:

Nature Week 2nd-6th - Lots of activities on site including Mini Beast Hunts, Nature talks and trails and much more. Contact museum for details.

Churches Trust Weekend 07th-08th
Artist Week 9th-15th - Arty activities on site all week, Come discover your creative side. Contact the museum for further details.

Morgan Classic Car Rally 14th-15th - Classic Cars On site

Cottage Cooking Week 21st-27th - This annual event returns so visitors can experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of our cottages as our volunteers bring them to life.

Rosa Mundi 29th-30th - This brilliant group of re-enactors take over the museum once more to give visitors an insight into medieval life.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

There Be Pirates Perform in The Manor House

California based band 'There Be Pirates' put on a stirring performance at the museum on Sunday. Visitors packed out the Manor House to see and hear the pirates' music performed, and to take part themselves, children of visitors were encouraged to provide backing music as drums and maracas were distributed among the audience. Below is a video of some of the show (sound quality is not great but it gives an idea of the fun) as well as some photographs of the Pirate band.

Carrie Gough (photos by Pete)

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Saddlery at the Museum

New volunteer and saddler Kieran has been at the museum this week giving demonstrations of his work and making various leather items. Many belts were made for eager staff and visitors as well as stirrup leathers and other items. The video below shows Kieran at work in the saddlery, busy making a beautiful leather belt.


Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Bal Musette - French Dancing at the Museum

What is a Bal Musette?
Bal-musette is a style of French music and dance that first emerged in Paris in the 1880s and was hugely popular through the Thirties, Forties and Fifties, but lost out to the Rock and Pop invasion (originating in Britain and America) in the Sixties. It is now enjoying a revival as people rediscover this uniquely French culture.

Industrial Paris was the melting-pot: there were large numbers of migrants from the Auvergne (the middle of France), and also many Italian workers. The Auvergnats brought a type of bagpipe called a musette, and a dance called La Bourrée. The Italians came with their own styles and with their accordions. As the music developed in complexity, the accordion became the chief instrument, accompanied by banjo or guitar, bass, saxophone and drums. Musette was enriched by swing and jazz influences during and after the Second World War.

Some of the dance establishments were very seedy! The musicians, for their own protection, climbed into a gallery, and the ladder was removed for the evening! The “Bal Musette” at Ryedale Folk Museum will be a far more salubrious affair, and suitable for all the family!

To accommodate more dancers on a crowded floor, compact, rather intimate versions of the dances emerged. There was the Tango, imported from Argentina, the Paso Doble, which is a Two-Step danced to Spanish music, the Valse Musette, which is about twice as fast as an English Ballroom Waltz, and finally the Java, which developed in Thirties Paris, with a novel rhythmic feel and very compact, intimate dance steps!
. ** Soundfile “Véronique explains the Java dance” 48 seconds.

By 1945, the bal-musette became the most popular style of dance in France and its biggest stars were famous across the country. It went into decline in the Sixties, but is coming back, especially in larger cities, and a modern form of the musette is establishing itself.

Following the success of Saturdays Bal Musette at Ryedale Folk Museum, it may become a yearly event, see you next year! Have a look at the video to see and hear some of the celebrations.


Tractor and Engine Day 2010

Below is a video, filmed by volunteers of the return of the tractors to the museum on tractor and engine day 2010.

Don't forget to look at the Archive & Collection Blog for over 80 photographs of this event


Friday, 16 July 2010

Hey everyone!

Summer is finally here. I am taking my weeks holiday next week. Can't wait!!! Of course I am going to miss working at the museum but I shall be back before you know it.

I have had another busy week. On Monday my tutor from college came. That went really well because we managed to get lots of things completed. On Tuesday David and myself went to college for the last time before summer. This was also good because we completed all the work needed and we just had lots of fun. We thought as it was our last time at college, we decided to go to the cinema.

On Wednesday I was on front of house for a bit and I was also helping Emma and Wendy with a summer craft which will be taking place over the holidays. (Believe me its going to be fantastic!!!)

Thursday I was in Fat Betty's for a while again helping with the summer craft. I also started to do the signs for the Pirate event.

Today Emma and I have been to Kirbymoorside school for most of the day and there we did three science challenges which involved getting rather sticky. The three activities were making a tower out of marshmallows and spaghetti, making something which holds an egg and then trying them by dropping them on the floor to see if they would crack and the last activity was to learn how to juggle. No way am I an expert at juggling. However the main thing is that we all had fun!!!

See you all later.
If not have a fabulous summer!!!
Little Em
After a long night Edd awoke to a wonderful smell in the air. "What is this" he thought to himself. Adam had got up early to start making fresh bread. Adam was a superb chef and had considered going into the restaurant business. After a good breakfast of bread and ale Edd was ready to start his morning business.
Unfortunately Edd had been round to Mike's the night before and had eaten some dodgy chicken pie and so the morning business took longer than usual.

After hearing Edd shouting Adam decides to make him something that will cheer him up. Adam decides a hat would be the best thing to cheer Edd up so he set to making the perfect hat. to do this Adam needed to use the loom and spinning machines.After a traumatic ordeal Edd finally arrived back at the house. he was very surprised to see a new hat waiting for him. He loved the style of the hat although there was a little problem, it didn't fit over his Afro. Never the less the morning chores had to be done. Adam headed off to the cowshed to milk the cows whilst Edd stayed and swept the floor.

Next Adam went off for his morning lessons about how to keep chickens efficiently. After a long boring morning at school Lieutenant Colonel Parker turned up to tell Adam about a life in the army.
Adam was amazed by some of the things Parker had said and couldn't wait to join. Adam ran home as fast as he could and told Edd about Parker but Edd was having none of it, He wouldn't let Adam join the army and that was that.

Next Adam and Edd went house shopping, the first house they saw was perfect, except the currant occupant was a witch, who refused to leave, and then turned Edd into a Giant! The witch controlled all of Edd's movements and they began attacking houses but then Doris the gardener came along and hit the witch with some compost and all was well again. The houses were now to small for him to fit. Fortunately his size was only temporary, and soon he and Adam were back looking at houses. However this one did need a lot of work doing to it, which Edd was not prepared to do.
They decided to keep looking.

The next house was brilliant! It had lots of room for both Edd and Adam and their activities. However, Edd had gotten lost in the maze and could not find his way too the house. Although he did stumble across one which suited him perfectly! He even found a horse that could move him from place to place.

Work Experience at Ryedale Folk Museum - Edd and Adam

Day One, Monday 12th July 
Arriving at the museum we did not know what too expect however we were greeted very warmly by everyone here at the centre. Too start things off Helen gave us a quick whistle stop tour of all the exhibits and showed us her knowledge of each historical subject. Edd especially liked seeing all the animals around the museum.
After this we were shown how to catalogue all of the items that entered the museum, this process took time to accurately log the information required in the system. The information needed for each item included; identification, production, physical characteristics, inscriptions and markings, reproduction, condition, acquisition, ownership and last but not least location. After having a go ourselves, Helen then showed us both where items not currently on display were stored, we couldn't believe how many items the museum had that were stored.
A lady then came to the museum interested in borrowing some iron age artifacts. We were then shown the archeology store, which had a number of different iron age items, including an antler which had been modified for digging purposes and a perfect Beehive hand and quern stone commonly used by Romans for grinding corn.

Day Two, Tuesday 13th July
Arriving at the museum at 8:30 Emma issued us with the days main task, this involved ferrying school children from the centre to the village hall and then helping out with the different activities happening there. These activities included; science in your lunchbox which looked at different aspects of food including glucose free bread, how to make cheese and the effects on leaving fruit out. An archaeological activity run by people from the national park, this involved finding and taking care of fossils and how to stay safe whilst doing this. The final activity was one for Railway safety, presented by the national railway museum which looked at young peoples views on the railway and how to stay safe on the railway.

Day Three, Wednesday 14th July
On Wednesday Adam was attending a university open day so i was on my own. The first job of the day was to help Emma and Barbra open and setup Fat Betty's. after this i went to help the other Emma in the education centre. There i had to restock packs for school children to use when they come to the center. After this i helped make some face masks for a children's activity day in summer. In the afternoon i was asked to run fat Betty's for a while, whilst doing this i got talking to some of the customers form all over the world who were exchanging stories of times gone past. Before i went there was one last task for me to to, take Jim the dog for a walk.

 Day Four, Thursday 15th July
Today was the day, the judges for the In bloom contest were to judge the museum. To start the day we swept all the stones off the paths and back to the gravel area. After we got the paths looking good we went and did some more on the archives with Helen, we had an interesting certificate to archive which was from the amalgamated society of carpenters and joiners form nearly 100 years ago it was made of card but we didn't want to damage it so we wore cotton gloves. After we had finished the records we started to take photos for a comedy blog we had been asked to make then we started making it.

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Tractor & Engine Day 2010

Today the museum hosted yet another highly popular Tractor and Engine Day. Many machines were on display, but what I found most interesting were the traps; man traps, gin traps, badger traps. All now illegal to use, but a reminder of how things were done years ago before the advent of the electronic burglar alarm.
Featured in the tractor run in (pole position) was our Museum Manager Kevin Sims on his beloved Fordson Dexta, and on the tandem were 2 museum volunteers, Peter and Jim.

Results as follows: Best Engine- Richard Nesver showing a Lister stationary engine.
Best Tractor- Alan and Pam Nesfield with an International Harvester
Most Original Tractor - Chris Stevenson with a Field Marshall.

Please feel free to leave a comment.

Jonathan Severs


Last year's Tractor & Engine Day can be found via this link:

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Rope Making at Museum

A short video narrated by John L, of Carrie and Jake using the rope making device from the museum's collection.  Rope making is going to be one of many added activities taking place throughout the summer and visitors are encouraged to have a go at making their own rope to take home.  Training up of rope makers is currently being carried out so if any volunteers want to learn, contact the museum.


Sunday, 4 July 2010

Apprentice 1

Wow, I haven't done a blog in ages.
 Recently I have been fairly busy, well... busy enough not to do a blog!

We have just received good news. And that is that we have got our new placements for another two apprentice's and they will have such a great time here. :)

 I on the other hand... I have been delivering some schools. And doing other duties. such as college work and keeping the houses tidy, and doing errands. I am also helping to create a list of all the activities going on, in the summer Holidays. So look out for that!!

We had the 'Trike Rally' in today (3 - 4th July 2010) and yesterday, and they were such nice people. I was a little scared of talking to them, you know... their SKULL BANDANNAS and their LEATHER JACKETS and all their TATTOO'S and all that jazz, but when I got talking to some of them they had some really interesting stories to tell. And there bikes... well i should say trikes really hahaha, their TRIKES are amazing I couldn't imagine someone could as easily think of something so simple yet so advanced to be absolutely fascinating.

Anyway, I'll do my best to do more blogs, and hopefully see you in the museum sometime.
Thanks y'all :P

Friday, 2 July 2010

A Queen For 60 Years...

Queen Victoria was Britain's longest reigning monarch, here Meriel is showing us a nice handkerchief that was a souvenir of Victoria's Golden Jubilee. The handkerchief shows Queen Victoria's sons and daughters and also the Prime Ministers during her reign.

Jonathan S

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Memories of Kirkbymoorside Childrens Hospital

Tony visits Ryedale Folk Museum to see some photographs from the collection and recalls his memories of time spent at the Yorkshire Children's Orthopaedic Hospital in Kirkbymoorside. His memories were aided by the book 'Adela Shaw and the Yorkshire Children's Orthopaedic Hospital - Kirkbymoorside' written and compiled by Kirkbymoorside History Group 2010.


Friday, 25 June 2010

Apprentice 2

Hey Folks,

Can you believe it another week gone! Well you can get lots done in a week. There doesn't feel to be enough hours in a day sometimes.

Summer is finally here!!! (About time too)

We are in for a great summer here at the museum. This is because we have got lots of events happening and we are looking for volunteers to come up to the museum or if you have any ideas for what activities we can do let the museum know.

Whatever you are doing everyone, have a fantastic summer!!!


Napoleonic Weekend at Ryedale Folk Museum

Come and see Napoleonic re-enactors and find out what life was like as a foot soldier this weekend. Did you know that one of Napoleon's jailers came from Ryedale, follow this link

Jonathan Severs

Friday, 18 June 2010

End of WW2

After 14 days of WW2 events today peace broke out, and the men returned to the village to be greeted by their sweethearts. (Thanks to Malton School)
 John L.

Napoleonic Weekend 26th-27th June 2010

We are having a Napoleonic weekend next weekend including a talk about Napoleon's Jailer who came from Ryedale. In the meantime I hope you enjoy this You Tube video featuring Naploeonic re-enactors.

Jonathan Severs

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Margaret's Land Army Memories

85 year old Margaret has been kind enough to share some of her memories of being in the Women's Land Army.  Click the picture below to hear her memories of wartime Britain, and how the Land Army was not always as glamorous as the recruitment posters liked to show.

Carrie Gough

Apprentice 2

Hey everyone!!!

Hope you are all feeling great!!!

Well, fantastic news. We have got funding for two more apprentices!!! How great is that?!

We have got the Napoleonic Weekend on the 26th and 27th of June. We have re - enactors on site so we should be in for a great weekend. Feel free to come along.

David and I have got college next week. Always very interesting.

Talk to you all later.

Emma (Apprentice)

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Drake, ducks and ducklings


Reaping Machine arrives at Ryedale Folk Museum



Robin Butler Blacksmith

I have been the blacksmith here at the Ryedale Folk Museum for 45 years,in all that time, I have met people for all walks of life from Royalty to fellow blacksmiths.

This is view is of the Anvil,Bellows & Fire.  

This is view of a Celtic Broach made for our reenactors

Robin W Butler.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

1940s Weekend

Another fantastic weekend at the museum. Land Army Girls Dorothy and Joyce, (last photo) will be at the museum every day untill June 18th

John L

Friday, 4 June 2010

Who lives in a house like this?

The Blackbird Family
John L.

World War 2 Weekend

World War 2 Weekend is here again. Tomorrow and Sunday.Re-enactors being British and American Paratroops, Home Guard and real Land Army girls will be here.
There will be plenty to see and do all weekend including air raids and real weapons and vehicles from the era.

Jonathan Severs

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Apprentice 2

Hey everyone!!!

It feels like summer is here.

We have had an amazing couple of weekends. The Folk Festival and the Car Rally was fantastic! It has been great fun and I have enjoyed every minute of it. And yes it is great when the sun comes out. Keeps everyone happy.

We have got the World War 2 weekend this weekend. That is going to be great. Also after that we have got the World War 2 fortnight. Lots of stuff happening so everyone get to the Museum and join in with the fun!!!

See you all later


Sunday, 30 May 2010

Music in the Museum

Monday 31st May is the last day of our fantastic music festival
Come along and listen to some world class music as you look around the musuem

John L

Apprentice 2

Hey everyone,

Hope you are all ok.

June is nearly upon us. (Hope we get better weather!!!)
We have got the WW II fortnight. That will be amazing! We have also got the May / June half term. If anyone is available to help out, come on up.
(Organisation is really important!!!)

I have been to college. Showing presentations in front of the other people at college. It was pretty awesome.

These are some of the main things I have been working on.

See you all later.


Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Classic Car Rally

Sunday 23rd May 2010 saw a huge variety of classic cars gather at the museum.  The cars looked at their best in the glorious sunshine! Have a look at the video below to see some footage of the day.


Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Elphi The Ryedale Hob Dolls

Artist Corrinne Lapierre currently has an exhibition on in the Manor House at the Museum, she has also created some fantastic Elphi Dolls which are now on sale in the Museum shop.

You can also buy make your own Elphi doll kits.


British Museum - Silver Spoon Listing

The story of Robin Butler finding the incredibly old siver spoon whilst conserving the Harome Manor House for Ryedale Folk Museum has been told previously on the blog:

However Ryedale Folk Museum was recently made aware of the British Museum's online link detailing the spoon and crediting Museum Blacksmith Robin Butler with finding it.  To have a look at the British Museums listing of the object go to:¤tPage=1

The spoon (dated 1510) was acquired by the British Museum as Treasure Trove in 1976,  A replica of the spoon can be seen in Ryedale Folk Museum's Manor House.


Friday, 14 May 2010


Hello again.
Sorry for not writing in such a long time.
Recently at the museum, I have been helping with the May Event – May Morris Dancing (Maypole Dancing) was great fun, and I was in ‘Stang End’ cooking some potato and onion and cheese fritter’s
Emma quotes – “they are the best food ever!”

The Recipe is:-
Serves 8
4 Large Onions
Bread crumbs
16 Potatoes (mashed)
2 blocks of cheese (I used mature coloured cheddar!)
1 Egg
1 Clove of Garlic
3 Kg’s Plain Four
And any fat, I used Sunflower Oil, but you could use Lard, or butter to brown and burn to crisp up.
1 kg Carrots

Get your Potatoes on the boil.
Peel and grate carrots.
Make your bread crumbs add flour to it (put in separate bowl)
When potatoes are boiled, grate them into the same bowl as the carrots.
Add some flour gradually or it will be to dry.
Add the crushed Garlic.
And at the last minute, add the finely chopped onions and all the cheese.
Mix together and add flour if it is too wet’a consistency. (it should stick to a nice ball shape)
Make sure the oil is very hot, and shallow fry it using an egg, do a egg wash and then roll in bread crumbs.
Place in the hot pan, be careful though as it will spit a bit, then leave on each side for about 5 minutes each.

It should be about 40% cheese and 30% Potato and 20% Onions and 10% everything else.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Shared Horizon - Young Asylum Seekers at Museum

Young asylum seekers who have taken part in Yorkshire Sculpture Park's Shared Horizon Photography Project, recently visited the museum to continue their work and to see what Ryedale Folk Museum had to offer.  Volunteer and photographer Alan Clarke spent the day with the group, touring the museum and discussed photogrpahy and life in Ryedale.  The group were all incredibly enthusiastic and interested in the museum and seemed to have a great time.  See the videos below for some inspiring voices of young asylum seekers living in Yorkshire.

Carrie Gough

Apprentice 2

Hi everyone,

Its May. Where is this year going?!!!
Sorry for not writing for a long time!!!
Its amazing how much you can do in just a few months. I have been to college with David and we are preparing a PowerPoint presentation to show in front of the other students at college. This is taking quite some time but we will get there in the end. I find doing presentations really useful because I am able to talk without trembling as much. (This job has gave me so much confidence!!!)
Easter was a great success and I really enjoyed it. I am also happy that my mum and two sisters came. Don't know what I would have done without the extra pair of hands. Overall I would like to thank everybody who helped over Easter, those two weeks were amazing.
On the subject of organising events I organised May Day. This was awesome because I went to Minster FM and I recorded an advert advertising May Day. When I heard myself on the radio I was just smiling. It felt a bit weird but I loved it. Also May Day was a great day. Unfortunately the weather wasn't lovely but we still got quite a few visitors in. Again I would like to thank everybody who helped with May Day.
Also yesterday Helen and I managed to restore all the collections and got them safely in the stores. That was quite a hard job but we got there in the end. Its a lovely word I call "TEAMWORK!!!"
I have also been busy painting signs for the 18th Century weekend. That is this weekend. 15th and 16th May.
As you can see very busy!!!
See you all later.

Friday, 7 May 2010

Ryedale Folk Weekend


Don't forget that it is the Ryedale Folk Weekend May 29th-31st. Have a look at the Myspace page: .

Musicians come from far and wide to play here at Hutton-le-Hole, and there's stuff to do for all the family.

Here is a sample of some music from Brother Crow. Enjoy and get your tickets before they all go.

Jonathan S

Let The Dance Go On (Brother Crow)

Brother Crow | MySpace Music Videos

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Exciting Events Coming Up In June

First World War Hospitals Display

Eileen Brereton from The Red Cross - Northallerton has put up a display in Fat Bettys featuring artifacts and information on First World War hospitals in the Ryedale area.  Come take a look whilst enjoying a drink and a slice of cake.


Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Spring Time Animals

Have a look at the video to see the Museum's spring chickens and their chicks as well as new Lincolnshire curly-coated piglets. The piglets haven't quite developed their full curly coats yet but they are getting there.


Thursday, 29 April 2010

May Pole Dancing

Come to the museumn on May 3rd and let the kids have a go at dancing round the Maypole. This footage shows a similar event at Whitelands College.

Jonathan S

Iron Awe

On May 2nd we are hosting an iron-awe event, here is some footage of the Corus Steel Plant at Redcar, Tesside which sadly closed in February 2010.

Jonathan S

Monday, 26 April 2010

New Arrivals

Max a Clydesdale Heavy Horse and two of the seven new Curly Coated piglets.


Sunday, 25 April 2010

St George's Day

1st Vale of Pickering Scout Group hold their St. George's Day Parade at the museum.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Minster Strays Morris Dancers

The first public dance by Eleanor, and bottom centre the first and last dance by Mike (rap yer knuckles) Benson.

John Lawson