Thursday, 25 July 2013

Rural Crafts Day

Demonstrations Include:

Pottery - Wendy Greenwood
Wendy Greenwood from Greenwood Crafts will be demonstrating pottery on her kick wheel and will also be showing how Raku pottery is made.

Quilting - Scarborough Heirloom Quilters

Lace Making - Cleveland Lace Guild. Cleveland Lace Guild has approx 90 members, who have an interest in lace. There are monthly meeting/workshops, which cover a wide range of crafts, including bobbin lace, needle lace, patchwork, beading, embroidery and crochet, but with a major emphasis on lace. Meetings are held on Saturdays at Egglescliffe Community Centre, Durham Lane, Eaglesliffe, TS16 0EH, from 10am to 3.30pm. The next meeting is on 14th September. Visitors pay £1 for the day, members pay £3 per year. Bring your own craft work and a packed lunch. At 1pm, Pat Martin will give a talk  on 'The Royal Wedding Flowers' and Lacemaid will be there with lace supplies. For more details, phone 01642 783840.

Stone Carving - Jennifer Tetlow. Jennifer Tetlow was introduced to the possibilities of carving and sculpting in stone many years ago as a consequence of living in an area with a strong history of quarrying and tradition of stoneworking. She became a full-time sculptor in 1999 and is self-taught. 

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

Bush Crafts - Mark Barker
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

Saddlery - M.A. Hadfield

Morris Dancing - Briggate Morris Dancers
Briggate Morris are a women's group who dance Northwest style Morris. They have members ranging from 8years old to founding members who are in their 80's.

Farrier - Jason Richardson
Making Shoes for our Clydesdale

Millinery - Veronica Hartley

Corn Dollies - Jill Pearson

Dry Stone Walling - Hugh Boyd

Heavy Horses - Max our Clydesdale. Learn how Max our horse is looked after by his owner Graham Slater.

Other Crafts demonstrated includes:
- Weaving
- Stick Making
- Cooking on the range
- Chair Caning
- Spinning
- Blacksmithing
- Basketry
- Ragrugging
- Felting
- Rope Making

There will also be a children's trail around the museum to try and complete!

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Keeping up appearances – Yorkshire In Bloom

Ryedale Folk Museum is gearing up for another year’s entry to Yorkshire in Bloom with Judging next Tuesday! Yorkshire in bloom is an annual award and is part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in bloom. This is the Ryedale Folk Museum’s 8th year taking part. In our first year we won silver followed by five consecutive ‘Yorkshire Rose Gold’ awards in the visitors’ attraction category. But last year the Museum finally won Gold and best in category!
‘Its not just about the flowers and plants its about the whole museum, public awareness, conservation, recycling, growing better communities and improving our environment. The reason we win is thank to staff and volunteers working hard throughout the year to achieve a high standard within the museum’ Kevin Simms Museum Manager.
This year the museum has done some extra planting and bedding, and has run awareness events like their recent ‘Bee Aware’ all around the importance of bees.
The Museum is really pleased to take part in such a prestigious event and is continuously trying to improve, now the challenge is on to remain Best in Category, can we do it for two years running?

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Ryedale Folk Museum shortlisted for major tourism award!

Ryedale Folk Museum has been shortlisted for a White Rose Award – the biggest tourism awards in the UK. The Museumhas made it through to the final of the ‘Small Visitor Attraction’ category.
Winners will be announced at the glittering ceremony on November 11 at New Dock Hall near the Royal Armouries, Leeds. Winners of each category will not only scoop one of these prestigious accolades, but they are also entered into the national tourism awards next year.
“We are really delighted to have made it onto the shortlist, and it is a great recognition for the hard work all the staff and volunteers have put in, especially over the last few years with numerous developments. We try really hard to keep fresh with new exhibits and campaigns, and with the opening of the New Harrison Collection, we hoped to have had a positive impact  on Yorkshire Tourism, bringing people to the area and celebrating it!”
Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Competition this year was so fierce that every business making it to the shortlist should consider it a huge achievement in itself as they have had to contend with some real quality competition. It’s always a close run thing, but there’s every chance they could go on and win one of these prestigious White Rose Awards.”
More than a thousand people are expected to attend the awards and tickets plus more information are available