Monday, 5 December 2011

Ryedale Folk Museum at the Cinema!

Ryedale Folk Museum had the pleasure of loaning some objects for the making of
  Wuthering Heights by Andrea Arnold.
Its in the Cinema's now!! so go see it and look out for us in the credits!

We provided a range of general household and agricultural items.

Here you can see some of the items we lent out including the stool (made by Kevin the Manager), griddle and pit hook.

A few more items they borrowed including our dough trough, spice jars, butter churn and much more.

We also lent out a number of agricultural items seen in the film including a drenching horn, sycthe, branding irons and leg hook to name a few.

We're Famous! :)


We finished the Ryedale Folk Museum season with a wonderful Christmas Weekend Celebration!
We opened up our doors for the weekend with free entry and plenty of festive cheer.
We had record breaking visitors and would like to thank everyone who braved the cold weather to come.
We would also like to say a thank you to Ampleforth Community Children's Choir and Kirkbymoorside Primary School choir and band  that came and sang, they sounded great and really added to the Christmas atmosphere.
The weekend wouldn't have been successful without the hard work and support from our staff and volunteers who gave up their time to make this Christmas Weekend the best ever! From baking mince pies and providing raffle prizes to helping kids with crafts in the Study Centre, so I must say a BIG THANK YOU for all their hard work.

Max getting new shoes for Christmas!

Joan showing off her basketry skills

Pam baking biscuits for the children to decorate

Jim and Eddie woodworking in the workshop

Wendy making badges in the crafts hub

Busy stalls in the Manor House

Anne teaching rag rugging

The staff enjoying some of the freshly baked goods!

Once again a big thank you to everyone who came and spent the Christmas Weekend with us.
We look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

Sunday, 20 November 2011


To celebrate another year we are holding a FREE ENTRY Christmas Weekend at the museum, there is plenty going on with choirs, childrens crafts and much much more!

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Happy Halloween!

Once again Ryedale Folk Museum opened up its doors for the annual Halloween Party.
Full of family fun activities , there was story telling, biscuit decorating, apple bobbing, crafts and much more.

Thanks to everyone who braved the rain and came to either enjoy the party or to help out.

Roll on halloween 2012!!


Saturday, 29 October 2011

Kite Making

As part of our half term activities we had members of  Refugee Youth making kites with our visitors.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Whitby Wartime Weekend

For a second year the museum was invited to be part of the wartime weekend at Whitby, Emma, Jim and I had a very busy day promoting the museum.
John L.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Europe at War Weekend

Photos from Europe at War Weekend

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Morris Minor Car Rally

Some photos from our popular car-rally, Sunday 4th September :

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Ground Breaking Ceremony Celebrations!

We have now formally launched the Harrison Project with the celebration of Geoffrey Willey's 100th Birthday!

Geoffrey is one of the original museum volunteers, photographing its progress in the 60's and 70's.

Below are a couple of pictures from the fantastic day!

Friday, 29 July 2011

Napoleonic Re-enactors this weekend!


1811 (An outline)
Britain is at War, there is a Tory Government and the system of Governance is changing.
In February King George the IIIrd was pronounced ‘unfit’ to rule having descended into madness. His son George the Prince of Wales has been declared sovereign by proxy. He rules as king in all but title. So begins ‘The Regency’. However his extravagant lifestyle and spending continue to make him unpopular as is the Tory Government which has made him Regent. Led by Spencer Perceval, (In 1812 to become the only British Prime Minister to be assassinated.....yet?), the Tory Government is notable only for is lack of senior statesmen. Taxation is rising to pay for the war.
The War with Napoleon’s France continues. This year the Royal Navy has again defeated a French Fleet at the Battle of Lisa on March 13th. Whilst Napoleon himself fights the armies of Russia and Austria in central Europe a succession of his Marshalls lead armies in Spain and Portugal against the Anglo Portuguese Army under Sir Arthur Wellesley, later Duke of Wellington. They have recently been defeated at the Battle of Albuera on May 16th. Portugal is clear from French occupation and the British Army is setting the conditions to commence clearing Spain of its ‘French pestilence’.

The 68th Regiment
The 68th has been recovering from the disastrous expedition to Walcheren in 1809 and has finally returned to fighting condition.
In early June the 68th sailed from Portsmouth to Join the British Army in the Peninsular. They have left behind a depot in Sussex, and recruiting parties throughout the country, scouring for recruits for the Regiment to be trained as elite Light Infantrymen.

One such party is moving through Ryedale en- route to Scarborough and Hull, enlisting likely lads for adventure in Spain and Portugal, to serve with Honour for King George and their country. Come and meet them today and perhaps ‘list for the life of a soldier’ and take the Kings Shilling.


A Rough Plan for the Weekend

10.30AM The Trotter Knapsack

11.00am "dress a soldier"

12.noon Civilans and Wellington's army.

1.00PM Messing

1.30PM Lunch

2.30PM Musket Firing Display.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Simply the best

Summers here and there is a lot going on at the museum (see main museum website for details?) But it is the simple things that are making the Ryedale Folk Museum one of the best museums in the country. J.L.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Bal Musette

Thanks Christine for another wonderful evening of French music and dance. J.L.

Friday, 15 July 2011

Tractor and Engine Day 2011

Click on the link below to see Tony Reilly's video from the Tractor and Engine Day last Sunday.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Evening Bal Musette 16th July

Evening Bal Musette 16th July

Join us for a fun evening of French music and dancing. Doors open from 7pm and the music runs from 7.30-10.30pm. Its £5 per person, £8 per couple & £12 for a family (2 adults, 2 children). To book your tickets contact the museum on 01751 417367.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Tractor & Engine Day Sunday 10th July

This Sunday is our Tractor and Engine Day with loads to see on site and a tractor parade through the village. Fun for all the family - starts 10am.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Harrison Collection

Building has now started to house the Harrison Collection. J.L.

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Probation Service Celebrates work with Ryedale Folk Museum!

The probation service in North Yorkshire has worked with the Ryedale Folk Museum over the last six years, with community payback participants helping out at the museum. Below is the link to a new short film that shows some of their fantastic work.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Harrison Project to be featured in BBC Magazine

Stang End Long House was turned into a photographic studio for a special shoot last Saturday. The Harrison Project is to be featured in the September issue of BBC Homes and Antiques Magazine. Stang End was a wonderfully atmospheric setting for items from the Harrison collection - even our amateur photos looked good ! To see the much better professional pictures look out for the magazine which will come out in August.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Quilting & Picnicking, Saturday 18th June


The Quilters’ Guild with Levencrafts of Guisborough 10 a.m.  to 4 p.m.
Special admission price £4.50 if you show your Guild membership card (£4 if over 65) Non-Guild members standard museum admission £5.50
Mini workshops (£1 each to cover materials), fun activities and demonstrations or bring along your own hand sewing and meet friends.
Bring your own picnic (Refreshments are available in the museum’s wonderful cafe)
Items from the Museum's textile collection will also be on show

For more information about the Quilters' Guild locally go to

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Land Army & 1940s Display

Our very own Land Army Girl Dorothy Taylor is here every day at the Museum until 17th June with her Land Army and wartime displays.

Demonstration: Tatting with David and Daphne Plum

Sunday 12th

Join David and Daphne Plum to learn about the traditional craft of Tatting. Watch as they create beautiful yet durable lace using a series of loops and knots.

Morris Men at Museum Sunday

This Sunday June 12th we're expecting about a dozen Classic MG cars at the Museum mid-morning and over lunchtime. Why not drop in and see them.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Adult Learner Week Success!

We recently held our very first adult learner week celebrations, offering free workshops upon entry to the museum.
Courses included blacksmithing, mangle print making, proddy hearts, creative embroidery, felt making and much more.
We had great interest in all courses and the week ran well. I therefore thought I would share some of the photographs we took during the week.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

WWII Weekend Continues Today Sunday 5th June

Some photos from our event yesterday. The fun continues today and the weather's nice so come and join us !