Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life
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.
Daily from the end of March to the end of October.
10.00am - 5.00pm, last entry 4.30pm.
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.
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