Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Heritage Cycle Day

To promote the launch of the new Heritage Cycle Routes in August, we are putting on a free event including:
Organised Cycle Route
FREE Museum Entry for participants on the day
& a FREE Lunch!

Image copyright Mike Kipling NYMNP

The route:
The route taken on the day starts at Hutton-Le-Hole, goes to Gillamoor, then Fadmoor, then back around to
Hutton-Le-Hole, which is just under 8 and a half miles. A longer route is available for those who want to be challenged! It is suitable for most ages and abilities, with young children probably struggling to cycle the hills, but walking these is always an option!

The Heritage:
The route covers some interesting points, which you can learn all about on your way, including: the wonderful folk tale of Sarkless Kitty, and the very point she is said to have haunted, Gillamoor Church and the works of Joseph Foord.

Registration and set off from the Museum - Between 10am and 1pm.
Free lunch and refreshments at Fadmoor Village Hall - Open between 10.15am and 2.30pm.
Museum last admission* - 4.30pm for closing at 5.30pm
*Museum entry is free upon completion of the cycle route.

Booking is essential as there are only 60 places available for the day. Once you have booked it is essential you let us know if you can no longer make it, as lunches will have been bought, and other people could be given the opportunity to attend. For each place cancelled a £5 charge will be made if the place is then not
To book or for further information please contact Emma Mckenzie at Ryedale Folk Museum on
01751 417367 or email

New Arrivals

We have had two new arrivals this week in the form of two 6 week old Kunekune piglets. Named Maud and Ethel by the  staff the pigs have already settled into their new home, being very chatty with the visitors and are becoming quite the attraction. The Kunekune pig, originally kept by Maoris in New Zealand, are friendly hairy pigs, these two being tri-colour, black, white and a spot of ginger! They are the smallest domesticated breed of pig in the world, and a firm favourite among pet pig owners, due to their placid friendly nature and love of human company.
 We have had many different breeds over the years but the Kunekune pigs, have more character and intelligence than any of them!

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Community Mail

Here at the museum we are very lucky to receive some very lovely letters from our visitors. Now and again we get the chance to upload a little sample so others can enjoy them too! To see some from a recent visit from a primary school in Whitby go to:

Friday, 14 June 2013

Wonders of Wood

'Wonders of Wood'

Sat 22 – Sun 23 June

 Ryedale Museum and Ryedale Book festival join forces

The Ryedale Folk Museum is holding its wonderful ‘wonders of wood’ event for a second year. This year it is a little different with The Ryedale Book Festival holding activities alongside the traditional wooden craft demonstrators. A fantastic opportunity to celebrate all the uses of wood.

Wooden Craft Demonstrators

Chair Caning
Christine Addley has been caning and rushing for many years, too many to recall. She runs classes and workshops as well as demonstrating all over Yorkshire, including our wonders of wood event.
Christine can be found on the Brigantia website:

Clog Making
We will also see Clog maker Mike Cahill, demonstrating his interesting craft near the museums own old cobblers workshop.

Bush Crafts
Mark Barker will be demonstrating how to light fires using sparks and birch bark and making wooden 'flowers' by shaving wood.Mark has substantial experience in outdoor education, including most recently as the Forestry Commission's Educational Ranger at Dalby Forest. Building upon a lifetime's passion for the culture and history of American Indians, he has a wealth of bushcraft knowledge

Wood Turning
Demonstrator Phillip Greenwood is a full time professional woodtuner working from the Craft workshops in Hutton-le-Hole.  All my work is on show and is for sale in the shop. I am a writer for Woodturning Magazine one of the worlds leading turning magazines. I run courses in woodturning and Demonstrate the art of woodturning at clubs and shows in the UK.

Furniture Making
Mark Bennett: The Woodlark
Mark Bennett is a cabinet-maker who uses traditional woodworking techniques. He sources his wood locally, saws and air-dries it for at least five years. Mark has an extensive knowledge of wood and specialises in unusually figured boards and non-commercial timbers. Mark studied Architecture and Interior Design at the Royal College of Art, receiving an MA in 1999. He has been practicing fine woodwork for over ten years.

Wood Carving
We have a range of carvers demonstrating some very time consuming and intricate work including Graham Gamble and Wrelton woodcarving group.

Other bits
We also have stick and bow making demonstrations, and a variety of wooden games out for people to try, including our giant Merrils board.

Willow Work
Leilah Vyner from Dragon Willow is Based in North Yorkshire and make willow and greenwood products and run workshops in all things that have a green ethos. Specialising in willow weaving, greenwood carving, events and working with people with disabilities.

Paper Crafts

Paper Cutting
Clare is a Yorkshire based Artist who specialises in papercutting, this involves using just paper and a scalpel to create an image. 

"My work is influenced by the natural world, that's why you will spot so many birds floating about in trees! People sneak in from time to time, as do our four-footed friends! I started my papercutting just using black to cut the images from but have now started adding layers of colour, text and on only one occasion thus far, maps".

Other Things
We also have bookmark printing on our mangle, mask making, and North York Moors Artist Rob Parkin doing illustrating.

Other things going on...

Story Telling (Sat Only)
Irene is an artepreneur who fuses drama, arts and history through stories, characters, making workshops and fun. An actor, writer, creative facilitator and heritage interpreter, she works with schools, libraries, museums, galleries, theatres and appears regularly at festivals.

Book Trail
Try and find the book covers hidden around the site, and win a prize.

Friday, 7 June 2013

Traditional Creations

We are becoming more nostalgic about the things we have in our homes and how they are made. Retro and make do and mend are very popular, therefore Jacqui and Jo who have many years experience teaching crafts using traditional methods and tools are providing an opportunity for you to learn new skills and to create your own piece of history.

Workshops are from 10.00am – 4.00pm, all instructions and materials are provided throughout the day.Come along to enjoy a much deserved day out, relax and socialise while learning new skills and producing a beautiful item to take home,

For course details visit :-

8th july -  cottage garden embroidery   
sunday -14th july –hands on crafts fun  day
24th july - cushions all shapes and sizes
 7th August - hooked and prodded day – make a rug/landscape or flowers
4th september – wool on wool applique
18th september – goldwork
2nd october - rag rugs and penny rugs
16th october – autumn and halloween raggy wreaths
23rd october – christmas stockings and decorations
sunday 27th october – raggy wreaths / rag rugs / everything christmas
30th october -  candle wrap and  xmas decorations
6th November – applique santa stockings and decorations
13th november – totally christmas decorations

20th november – christmas wraggy wreaths and hearts

Thursday June 6th At Ryedale Folk Museum

Here are a few photos from yesterday at the museum. What a gorgeous day it was, I was busy in the machinery shed with the potato riddles whilst John Nicoll was busy cutting the grass in the model village.
I took a few shots of the scale model in the Manor House of the Vale of Pickering. This was made by museum volunteer John Paul , well done John.

Jonathan S

Thursday, 6 June 2013

World War II Weekend

We had another successful World War II weekend, with loads of re-enactors and displays onsite.
Here are just a few images from the weekend.

Our next war re-enactment event is 'Europe at War' on
 Saturday the 7th September and Sunday the 8th September.