The Harrison Collection Project

Harrison Collection Exhibition OPEN !

On a glorious summer's afternoon Eric Knowles of the Antiques Roadshow opened the Harrison Building and the Highlights of the Harrison Collection exhibition. Everyone was entertained by the guest of honour's speech and the exhibition got off to a great start !

The exhibition is open daily and entry is included in the museum admission ticket.

May 2012 - Harrison Project Phase 1 UNDER CONSTRUCTION

The new Harrison building (phase 1) is now under construction. Our former High Barn is being converted into an exhibition-standard space suitable for displaying objects. As the building work takes shape it is looking more and more exciting - 

- watch this space for more details and the schedule for opening the new space. The first displays will show 'Highlights of the Harrison Collection'.

Formal Project Launch
This was the formal launch of the Harrison Project with the celebration of Geoffrey Willey's 100th Birthday last year !

Geoffrey is one of the original museum volunteers, photographing the Folk Museum's early years in the 60s and 70s.

Below are a couple of pictures taken on the day!

Left to right :  Edward Harrison, Lady Polly Feversham, Geoffrey Willey, Mike Benson, Tony Clark
                          Geoffrey digs the ground for the Project.

Harrison Project to be featured in BBC Magazine

Stang End Long House was turned into a photographic studio for a special shoot. All because the Harrison Project was being featured in the September 2011 issue of BBC Homes and Antiques Magazine. Stang End was a wonderfully atmospheric setting for items from the Harrison collection - even our amateur photos looked good ! 

Student Research Project
Students from the University of Huddersfield visiting Ryedale Folk Museum in 2011 to study items from the Harrison Collection as part of a costume research project.
They measured, drew and photographed the costumes :

They also studied items from the same periods to understand the context and decorative styles :

Edward Harrison was on hand to answer questions about the objects. 
It was a really enjoyable day - thanks to all the students and tutors who took part and to Emma, Claire and Claire for organising the visit.

Here is a link for the video from the day,15231,en.php
- David, May 2011

Harrison Project Fundraising Gets in Gear
On Sunday 27 March the Museum hosted a Tractor Fun Day, organised by five students from Lady Lumley's School to raise funds for the Project.

The Day raised £ 1,200 for the Project. A big thanks to all who supported us on the day, the organisers and Edward Harrison who kindly showed some agricultural items from the collection.
 - David, April 2011

2011 Harrison Project News
Hello from the new Harrison Project page. Ryedale Folk Museum is building the first phase of the Project in 2011, opening 2012. Watch this page for more news.
We have also put a Project Display in the Museum's village hall building - Edward Harrison opened the display on our Valentine's open day and brought some of the love tokens to show.

The Project Display in the museum's village hall will be updated as the project progresses. I'll also put some info on here.
 - David, March 2011
~ For a video of the Harrison love tokens please click here.

Phase 1 in Development
In 2011, with support from charities and local funders, the Museum is developing Phase 1 of the Harrison Project. Items from the Harrison Collection will be displayed in a converted High Barn building and a viewable Working Store. There will also be a new Community Archive and History Library for public use.

Plans of the Harrison Quarter Buildings were given planning permission in 2010.

Phase 1 will include the first two parts of the development

These facilities will open in summer 2012. There will also be a new agricultural display next to the Harrison Quarter featuring vehicles from the current High Barn display. 

The current High Barn and Tractor Store will close to the public in late 2011 to allow the works to go ahead. We hope to relocate them to their new display as quickly as possible. Please check this page for updates.
- David, March 2011