Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life

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The Beck Isle Museum is housed in a handsome Regency residence near the centre of Pickering, adjacent to the Pickering Beck, a stream that flows under a four-arched road bridge. One arch of this bridge (originally much narrower) is reputedly of mediaeval origin.

Here William Marshall planned England's first Agricultural Institute in the early 1800's. It is therefore fitting that today this house should contain a collection of bygones relating largely to the rural crafts and living style of Ryedale.

The museum is owned by the Beck Isle Museum Trust and is staffed and operated completely by volunteers.

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Opening hours

Daily from the end of March to the end of October.
10.00am - 5.00pm, last entry 4.30pm.

Admission charges

Please phone for details.

The collection is not restricted to a particular period of interest, it aims to reflect the local life and customs and to trace many of the developments in social and domestic life during the last 200 years. Formality has been avoided as far as possible and the accessibility of most objects displayed is a particular attraction.

A selection of photographs from the extensive Sidney Smith collection held in the museum are displayed around the building - particularly the photography and model rooms. Sidney Smith was born in Pickering and his work is appreciated world wide. He is thought of as a successor to Frank Meadow Sutcliffe of Whitby.

Collection details

Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Land Transport, Maritime, Medicine, Music, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Social History, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Sidney Smith
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Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: Beck Isle Museum

  • 11 — 12 September 2015

Once poised to be the first agricultural college in England, the fine regency period house and grounds which overlook Pickering's picturesque beck have been home to Beck Isle museum since 1947.

Packed full of exhibitions, objects and stories, the museum gives a taste of life in a rural market town in times gone by. Stop for a game of shove ha'penny in our pub, visit the chemist for a cure to your ills, head to the barbers for a close shave or drop into the blacksmith's for horseshoes and a wish in the well.

Beck Isle Museum is a great place to visit for all the family.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life
Bridge Street
North Yorkshire
YO18 8DU




01751 473653


01751 473653

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