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.

Venue Type:

Museum

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.
Image of a lady spinning

Rural Craft Day

  • 26 October 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

Admission

Normal admission charges to the museum apply

Website

http://www.beckislemuseum.org.uk/visit-us/special-events

Half term events: Giant Map of Yorkshire

  • 22 — 30 October 2016

Come along and help make a giant map of Yorkshire. Add your favourite local landmarks or draw a place that's special to you. Print, draw, colour or collage using a range of materials.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission prices apply

Website

http://www.beckislemuseum.org.uk

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

Website

www.beckislemuseum.org.uk/

E-mail

info@beckislemuseum.org.uk

Telephone

01751 473653

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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