Monday, 10 July 2017

Ryedale Folk Museum Tractor & Engine Day Sunday July 30th 2017

Tractor & Engine day 2015

Come & join us at Ryedale Folk Museum for the ever popular Tractor & Engine Day.

Vintage tractors and engines on show, with fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. Tractors and engines will be judged in various categories and awards will be presented at 2pm – you can vote for your favourite too! A village tractor run will take place from 4pm.
Sandwiches, cakes, drinks and snacks available from our pop-up café and hot sausages rolls from the Victorian range.
Normal admission charges to the Museum apply, or visit for free if you have a Ryedale Folk Museum Annual Pass.  Open 10am-5pm.  Wheelchair accessible.  Dogs on leads welcome.
If you would like to enter a tractor or engine for this event, please download a copy of the entry form here:

Tractor pulley driven mill

stationary engines

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Under The Boardwalk...

Oh when the sun beats down and burns the tar up on the roof
And your shoes get so hot you wish your tired feet were fire proof...

Not exactly, but The Drifters' mighty tune was on our minds as we repaired the boardwalk over the wetland area at the top end of the museum.    
Volunteer Keith on, not under, the boardwalk.

 Much sturdier now.


Thursday, 18 May 2017

Threshing Machine Tyres

 Memories of September 2010 when tyres were fitted to the threshing machine.Made by Marsalls of Gainsborough, this model went out of production in 1870.  Volunteers Albert and Peter constructed the wheels. It was museum staff member Richard Bowman's first day at work as an apprentice when a large fire was lit to heat the iron tyres in order to fit them on the wheels. The heat was intense as can be seen by Albert's face!

As seen in May 2017

The floor in the Hayes photography studio needed repair.  Seems that rabbits are to blame.  Luckily we avoided an Alice in Wonderland situation and got it sorted!

Monday, 1 May 2017

Sunflowers 2016

Hazel & Pauline in 2016 at Vegetable Garden RFM

Pauline & Albert kindly sent this photo from last year when Hazel & Pauline grew sunflowers to an impressive height - no mean feat in our Northern climate!


Thursday, 13 April 2017

Plastic Pig Attacks Ryedale Folk Museum Volunteer & More...

Our plastic pig was due repainting a while ago, I think volunteer Peter was trying to teach it a waltz...
Museum's pig attacking volunteer

Long time serving volunteer and the maintenance technician were busy giving the roof on this building some much needed tlc, making sure the rain stays out.
Richard & Jim roofing


Life In The Iron Age Wednesday 19th April 2017

Iron Age House

Life in the Iron Age

Wednesday 12 & 19 April

Experience life in the Iron Age with a visit to our Round House and activities.
11am-12pm & 1pm-2pm
Introduction to Iron Age Life & Pottery – visit our replica Iron Age Roundhouse to see how people lived in prehistoric times, then have a go at making an Iron Age pot to take home.
12pm-12:45pm & 2pm-2:45pm
Weaving – learn how weaving was used to make Iron Age clothing and other items, then have a go yourself.
No booking is required for these activities, but the maximum number is 16 and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis on the day at the Museum. Please ask on arrival.
Suitable for all ages (please note all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult for the duration of their visit).

Normal admission charges to the Museum apply, or visit for free if you have a Ryedale Folk Museum Annual Pass. Museum open 10am-5pm. Wheelchair accessible. Dogs on leads welcome.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Beans Carburettors & Paint At Ryedale Folk Museum

Today on the kitchen garden I got some broad beans sowed. This variety  are called the Sutton. They don't grow as tall as other varieties so hopefully won't need staking. Just sow them in rows in fertile cultivated soil 2'' deep a foot apart and a foot to 18''between rows.

Meanwhile in the workshop Raymond was busy giving the cultivator a makeover.

New volunteer Nick was cleaning the carburettor on the muse um's Lister D stationary engine. 

The old Allis Chalmers benefited from some TLC and was soon running. 

Friday, 10 March 2017

Some Vintage Footage Of Ryedale Folk Museum 1960's

Some very brief footage of the museum from this old cine film,  it starts about 5:18. Look at the hay pikes in the field and carts stood outside, not under cover. There is also loads of local sights including Rosedale Chimney. The museum was in its infancy in those days, how it has grown since. We still have school trips, has South Holderness school been back for more visits?


Thursday, 9 March 2017

Moorland Shepherdess (1965) - British Pathe Newsreel Of Hutton-Le-Hole

Found this 1965 newsreel clip of Rose Farrow, a shepherdess who worked in Hutton-le-Hole, it hasn't changed much has it? Does anyone know who lives in Rose Cottage now?


Saturday, 4 March 2017

Friday, 3 March 2017

Garden Activity At Ryedale Folk Museum

Today we have been busy planting onion sets and also weeding. David has been busy getting the greenhouse set up for tomatoes and Peter has been busy with his engines. The new Middle White pigs failed to appear out of their ark,  but the Manx sheep didn't seem to mind having their photo taken.
Richard weeding veg garden

David tidying greenhouse

Peter levelling the Lister stationary engine

Manx sheep

Pig ark
In case people aren't sure what a Middle White looks like, I got this from


Saturday, 28 January 2017

Opening Hours 2017

Opening Hours 2017

18 February to 31 March 10am - 4pm
1 April to 30 September 10am - 5pm
1 October to 3 December 10am - 4pm


Friday, 20 January 2017

Harvesting With The Reaper Binder At Ryedale Folk Museum

Today was rather a grey day at the museum, so, thinking ahead and of some better weather, I thought people may enjoy this old harvest video from Youtube, 2009. The binder is a Sunshine Massey Harris, made in Australia, and is PTO powered not wheel driven. I was very close to being run down that day as you can see towards the end of the video.


Friday, 6 January 2017

Happy New Year

Happy New Year To You, from All of Us at Ryedale Folk Museum!

Today we removed the old fence from the cornfield, taking advantage of the fair January weather (meaning it hasn't snowed).