Friday, 27 July 2012

My Last Car

My Last Car

Exhibition 14th July – 2nd September 2012 

Live performances daily from 30th July – 5th August (12-2pm)

Do you remember your first car?

How about your last?
My Last Car is an epic road trip that looks at our relationship with the car through a series of poignant, funny and uplifting tales. It explores all that the car means to us at the end of a great transport era.

‘The performance…was incredibly touching and thought-provoking (without being in the least bit eco-preachy, if you know what I mean). I found myself veering between moments of smug pride for never having owned a car, to feeling like I’ve missed out on an awful lot of life because of that, to having tears in my eyes at the incredibly moving and personal stories that the play told.’
     audience member, Bentham

Explore the world of the automobile in all its complexity through live performance; discover an exhibition of a Rover 316 carefully dismantled into thousands of individual parts; listen to the memories of others recorded on both video and audio.

Hundreds of people have posted their car stories online or recorded them on a dedicated phone line.

These unique stories and the journeys they involve –have been made into a production to reveal the ways the car has shaped so much of our lives.

‘We wanted to take ‘My Last Car’ to rural settings where communities acutely understand the impact of motoring on the environment. The people are totally dependent upon the car for work, school and simple everyday activities…’My Last Car’ is part homage, part celebration and part wake.’
– Artistic director, Al Dix

‘My Last Car’ meets ‘My First Tractor’

Witness a unique clash of engines and environments, rural and urban, art and life in Atom Film Company’s new piece, My First Tractor.

In their own words local men and women recall what acquiring their first tractor meant to the working day at a time when horses were an essential part of farm life; how it changed them, and their environment.

Did you know that tractors also used to be transport to and from the local Saturday night dance? Cars were widely unaffordable, so if the lady didn’t mind, she could hitch a ride home on an Aliss-Chalmer Model B, a rare tractor that could romantically seat two!

For others it was the start of a lifelong relationship between man or woman and machine, one that continues for the enthusiast to this day.

For more information and to book your place visit and 

My Last Car’ is the product of a unique collaboration between 509 Arts, Warwick Arts Centre, Pioneer Projects in Bentham North Yorkshire, Ryedale Folk Museum, and imove, the Legacy Trust UK’s celebratory programme for Yorkshire and part of the Cultural Olympiad. 

‘Imove’ has been funded by Legacy Trust UK, creating a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK.


Games in the Park

Games in the Park
18th – 19th August
 Playground favourites brought back to life
Join us as we celebrate games from yesteryear in a Yorkshire-wide scheme inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
Indulge in nostalgic activities or try something new!
Morris dancing

British skipping team
Traditional Victorian playground games
Hiring Fair – including ‘bat the rat’, ‘chuck a duck’ and sheep hoopla!
Games in the Park is part of New Worlds, which is a strand of imove, a Cultural Olympiad programme in Yorkshire @imoveand 
imove has been funded by Legacy Trust UK, creating a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK.
New Worlds is a partnership between Alchemy; Bradford Council’s Department of Regeneration & Culture; Harewood House; National Centre for Early Music; National Media Museum; The Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
Games in the Park also involves partnerships with Hull City Council and Ryedale Folk Museum.
Led by Bradford Council, ‘Games in the Park’ has been conceived, brokered and curated by Alchemy.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Secrets from the Sweetshop

Last week we saw another new evening event go by with plenty of laughter and yummy noises!

'Come and learn the history of Yorkshire's confectionery story with Sophie Jewett from the celebrated York Cocoa House. Explore the route of the confectioner dating back to the early arrival of sugar and cocoa into the wealthy kitchen. Then get hands on making your own medicinal sweets, chocolate drops and more!'

Tonight we see 'From Tree to Bowl'

An evening demonstration of wet turning by well known wood turner Philip Greenwood.  Come and watch a natural edge bowl being turned from wet wood; learn how to care for your wood, keeping your timber and converting it at home.
Come and learn from the expert- Philip is on the register of professional turners, demonstrator, tutor and writer for worldwide publication ‘Woodturning’ magazine.

Other up and coming evening events:
Thursday 16th August- Rare and Unusual ( Edward Harrison and the Harrison Collection)
Friday 24th August - 'Singing the 40s, 50s and 60s' (live music in the grounds)
Thursday 30th August - ' Make your own Glass Wall Hanger'


Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Evening Talk - ‘Spitjacks, Skewers and Skillets’ - Thursday 12th July

– Cooking through time - a talk by Edward Harrison with items from the Harrison Collection. 7pm, Doors Open 6-30pm.  £ 6  a head.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Tractor and Engine Day, Sunday 8th July

Don't miss Ryedale Folk Museum's biggest and most exciting event of the year. Plenty of action and noise and fun for all the family ! Come and see the fantastic displays of vintage tractors and engines at the Museum as well as cooking in the cottages and other traditional crafts.