Ryedale Folk Museum – Preserve the past

Britain’s Rich cultural heritage is perfectly displayed in this quaint open air museum which lies in the heart of the North York Moors, truly a must see for everyone in the family, including the pooches!

Ryedale Folk Museum is the home of an incredible collection of English everyday antiques and rare curiosities put together by Edward and Richard Harrison. Spanning five centuries of history, the collection covers everything from cooking pots to brain surgery tools. You can see a specially chosen selection of items from this collection in the new display ‘Highlights of the Harrison Collection’, which was opened by Eric Knowles in August 2012. The Harrison Collection has been put together by local brothers Edward and Richard Harrison over nearly five decades! Covering aspects of English everyday life from medieval and Tudor times to the Victorian era, the Collection is incredibly varied and has been critiqued as a truly astonishing collection of unusual items, by Eric Knowles, of the famous BBC show, Antiques Roadshow! There is one item from the collection representing every century from the 1500s onwards and was featured recently on the BBC’s ‘History of the World in 100 Objects’ website! The next phase of the Harrison Project is to raise funds for an extension to the Harrison Building to show temporary displays of themes covered in the collection.

There are over 20 historic buildings showing the lives of ordinary folk from earliest times to the present day. Set in 5 acres, there are rescued and reconstructed historic buildings including, shops, thatched cruck cottages, an Elizabethan manor house, barns and workshops. The museum records the daily life of North Yorkshire people from the Iron Age to 1953. Amongst the treasures in the museum is the oldest daylight photographic studio in the country, the renowned Hayes collection of photographs and the splendid 1850’s Merryweather fire engine, not to mention the 1950’s Post Office! The witch post in Stang end cottage is one of only 20 known examples in the world and amazingly most of the collection in this museum comes from Yorkshire!

The museum hosts a series of special days and events throughout the year, including, craft demonstrations, rare breeds of farm livestock, engine days, working cottage life, and many more besides!

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