Saturday, 6 December 2014

Merry Christmas From Ryedale Folk Museum & Don't Forget Tomorrow Is Last day For Free Entry

Richard & Wendy Getting Into The Christmas Spirit

Free admission tomorrow.

Please come with the family and take part in the last day of the free admission weekend. There is plenty to do for all the family, extra activities and crafts on as well as the massive collection of artefacts from neolithic age to the 1950's. Don't miss out !


Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Geoff Willey Cine Projector

Here is photographer Geoff Willey's Bell and Howell 613 16mm cine projector.

During the war, Geoff worked for the government and travelled around the North of England showing propaganda films. In his book - Ryedale In My Heart - he recounts the time when he came to Hutton-le-Hole village hall. There was no electricity and a generator was used to power the projector.
In the picture below, Geoff is shown putting on a film for army personnel.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Christmas preparations...

On Monday, 24th November, Jo and Veronica put up these lovely Christmas garlands and wreaths in the Manor House.

It's looking really festive now.

Meanwhile Roger, Tom and Hazel are clearing leaves from the area around the model village.


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Curious artefacts and classification

A visit behind the scenes at Ryedale Folk Museum reveals a wealth of artefacts which have been classified but are not yet on display.

Whenever the museum acquires new items, volunteers have to work out what it is and classify them. The document used is Social History and Industrial Classification. 

Everything which arrives at the museum is categorised.  There are four categories – Community Life; Domestic and Family Life; Personal Life; and Working Life.  Each of these are subcategorised – so within personal life is costume and within that is hats and so on…

Can anyone guess what this is….

This device was used for pigeon shooting – the pigeon is held in the box and when it is to be released, a wire is pulled which opens the box releasing the bird.  Thankfully illegal now, replaced with clay pigeons. Is that where “Pull!” comes from?

Here we have another curious artefact – Greener’s Humane Cattle Killer with helpful illustration showing how it’s used.


Finally, a very rare Tudor clock showing its hand made cogs.  This was once used as a church clock. 

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Museum Closed For One Day Tuesday 18th November 2014

Image found at: accessed 15/11/14. 
Ryedale Folk Museum is closed on Tuesday 18th November due to a scheduled power cut, we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Friday, 14 November 2014

How To Chop Wood Easily With The Ace Chopper Axe

 This is a quick demo on using the Ace Chopper Axe, made in the U.S.A, very useful for chopping logs, filmed by Museum Technician Richard Bowman.

Jonathan S

Ploughing The Cornfield

Here are a few pictures I found of Ken Hornby ploughing the cornfield with a Ford Dexta.
Ken Hornby ploughing with Ford Dexta.


Getting Ready For Christmas Weekend

Today Richard & I cleaned up the carousel ready for the free Christmas Weekend. Originally it had been a searchlight from the Second World War.


Monday, 10 November 2014

A Foggy Monday Morning....

Monday 10th November and it's a crisp foggy morning....

The workshop is a hive of activity.

Here we find Albert, Geoff, Alan and Peter busy with various projects...

Constructing a case with pigeonholes for selling items in the shop.

John is checking the electrics and is shown here upgrading a section of wiring.

Hazel is busy in the Victorian kitchen garden taking out some beetroot which is ready.


Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Volunteers work

Volunteers play a huge and invaluable part in ensuring the continued success of the museum.  Here are some pictures of the work some of the volunteers were doing on Monday 3rd November.

Here are Roger and Eddie, busy clearing and preparing the allotment.

The chickens liked the chard leaves they were given.

The Merrills boards which are sold in the shop are all made by volunteers.
Here Alan shows the tool used to burn the lines into the wood.

Here Albert shows this in action.

All the artefacts in the museum have to be catalogued using Adlib cataloging software. 
Here is Sally using this for pillow lace making patterns, dating from the 1970s...


Monday, 3 November 2014

Christmas At Ryedale Folk Museum December 6th & 7th 2014

Our free weekend is next month come and join  the festivities at Ryedale Folk Museum.
Ryedale Folk Museum Free Weekend 2014

Friday, 24 October 2014

Autumn at Ryedale Folk Museum

A walk around Ryedale Folk Museum showing the beautiful colours of Autumn.

Puss the Cat earns her keep and supplements her diet with a craftily caught mouse!