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

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Sun, Sea and Sandals: Holiday fashion through the ages

  • 10 February — 24 November 2018 *on now

New for 2018 is an exhibition exploring how holiday fashions changed over time. From swimming to sunbathing, explore the fashions worn at popular seaside destinations, alongside postcards, tourist guides and other holiday accessories.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Normal admission prices apply.


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.
Spring flowers in the Beck Isle Museum garden

Springtime Storytime

  • 29 March 2018 10:30-11:30am

Pop into the museum and join us for our monthly storytelling session with popular children’s stories, for the under 5’s.

Suitable for

  • 0-4


Normal admission prices apply.
Under 5s visit the museum for free


Easter chicks in the Village shop

Beck Isle Easter Trail

  • 31 March — 8 April 2018

Find the clues around the museum for a chance to win a chocolate treat and get creative with some springtime craft activities in the Activity Room.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10


Normal admission prices apply, £1.00 to take part in the trail


Pages from a Victorian scrapbook

Museum Explorers: Scrapbooking

  • 4 April 2018 11am-3pm

The Victorians loved making scrapbooks. Come along to the museum and create your own scrapbook using paper, stickers, pencils and crayons. You could also bring along your own magazines and leaflets to use. Suitable for all the family.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Normal admission prices apply


Image of a lady spinning

Traditional Craft Day

  • 11 April 2018 11am-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
  • Family friendly


Normal admission charges to the museum apply


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




01751 473653

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