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 mainly by volunteers.

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Opening hours

Daily from mid- February to the end of November.
Winter opening times (February, March & November): 10am - 4pm
Summer opening times (April to October): 10am -5pm
Last entry one hour before closing

Admission charges

Adults, £6.00
Concessions, £5.00
Children 5 to 16, £3.00
Children under 5, Free
Family ticket (2 adults, 3 children) £15.00

Please enquire for group and school visits

The collection reflects local life and customs and to trace many of the developments in social and domestic life during the last 200 years.

A selection of photographs from the extensive Sydney Smith collection held in the museum are displayed around the building. Sydney 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

Costume and Textiles, Music, Social History, Agriculture, Photography, Toys and Hobbies

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
First page of the Book of Remembrance

Book of Remembrance

  • 1 — 31 July 2016 *on now

The Book of Remembrance commemorating the men from Pickering who died during the First World War goes on display in the museum for the first time on 1 July, the 100th anniversary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

The Book of Remembrance is the result of nearly three years of research by a team of volunteer researchers from the museum. It is part of an ongoing project to celebrate the centenary of the First World War supported by a grant from Arts Council England through the Remember Scarborough Project.


Summer Fun poster

Summer Fun at Beck Isle Museum

  • 27 July — 4 September 2016 *on now

Join us at the Beck Isle Museum for exciting art activities suitable for the whole family everyday from 10am-3pm throughout the summer holidays. Try making yarn dolls in our country craft week, designing and making penny spinners and other Victorian toys and creating bugs using old pegs, pipe cleaners and all sorts of other materials. See dates below for the theme of each week’s activities:

27 July – 7 Aug: Country crafts
8- 14 Aug: Victorian toys
15-21 Aug: Flight and aviation
22- 28 Aug: Bugs and beasties
29 Aug – 4 Sept: Paper crafts

Suitable for

  • Especially for children


Normal admission prices apply


Image of a lady spinning

Rural Craft Day

  • 3 August 2016 10am-3pm
  • 24 August 2016 10am-3pm

Find out how rural life used to be, from perfect paper quilling and rag rugging to complex crocheting and butter making.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Normal admission charges to the museum apply


Visionary Victorians

  • 10 August 2016 11am-3pm

Travel back in time to Victorian England. Explore the museum and discover more about some of the amazing inventions from the 19th century.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children


Normal admission prices apply


Image of fossil at Beck Isle Museum

Fossil Hunters

  • 16 August 2016 10am-3pm

Do you fancy being a dinosaur detective? Take part in our family fun activities and find out about fossils, search for clues in the ground and learn more about dinosaurs.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly


Normal admission prices apply


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




01751 473653

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