York Castle Museum

York Castle Museum
The Eye of York
York
North Yorkshire
YO1 9RY
England

Website

www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk

E-mail

enquiries@ymt.org.uk

Telephone

01904 687687

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York Castle Museum
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Come and see hundreds of years of York's history in one place – from recreated Jacobean dining rooms to infamous Victorian criminals and all the way to the Space Age and the swinging Sixties.

There's something for everyone this year at York Castle Museum. Our interactive galleries hold thousands of historic objects that really bring the past to life, and our new exhibitions for 2014 promise fascinating displays and innovative new ways of learning about York's past.

Don’t forget that kids go free with a paying adult – it's the perfect family day out.

Exhibition: When the World Changed Forever. York Castle Museum's stunning new exhibition brings First World War to life like never before, on its hundredth anniversary.

Venue Type:

Museum, Castle or defences, Heritage site

Opening hours

York Castle Museum is open daily from 9.30am until 5pm, except 25 and 26 December and 1 January, and will be closing at 2.30pm on 24 and 31 December.

Admission charges

Adult: £10.00 (25 years + over)
*Access Ticket - £5
**Child (16 and under) - Free (16 and under)
York Card Holders - Free (subject to a valid York Card)
Wheelchair user plus one carer – FREE

Group rates are available for groups of 10+. For further details please contact Group Bookings on 01904 687633.

Come Back For Free:
Tickets purchased before 22.05.15 are valid for 12 months, at no extra charge, so you can come back as many times as you like for a year. Tickets are non-transferable so we need to take your name and address, and you will be asked for ID on your return. If you don’t want to give your details, day tickets are available at the same price.

*Access Tickets: Up to 50% discount for visitors aged 17-24 or in receipt of Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income-based Jobs Seekers Allowance, Pension Credit or Income Support. Evidence of support may be required.
**Maximum four children per adult, additional children will be charged at £4.50 per child.

The entire collection of York Castle Museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

It houses some of the country's finest collections of costume, textiles, military and social history. Kirkgate, the famous reconstructed Victorian Street that provides the core of the Castle Museum, is a milestone in the history of museums.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Science and Technology, Personalities, Music, Medicine, Land Transport, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Agriculture

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

Toy Stories

  • 23 February 2013 — 31 December 2016 *on now

Take a trip back to your childhood and rediscover some of your favourite toys in this new exhibition.

Bikes, bath toys, computer games, Lego and beautiful handmade dolls are among the toys on show from the last 150 years so you can pick out your favourites and share stories with family and friends.

Play together in our exciting Castle inspired play area or head off on the teddy bear trail for children around the exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult: £8.50
Concession: £7.50

Website

http://www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk

From Cradle To Grave

From Cradle to Grave

  • 1 August 2013 — 1 August 2016 *on now

This exhibition focuses on the history of three rites of passage - birth, marriage and death.

Visitors can see examples of many of the nursery and childcare items used during the last three hundred years including cradles, christening gifts and some superb christening gowns.

Outfits from our collection of wedding clothes make a centrepiece for our weddings theme, together with wedding gifts, trousseau items, and even a Victorian wedding cake.

An Edwardian hearse forms a dramatic centrepiece to the displays about death. There are mourning clothes and jewellery, a funeral biscuit, and coffin furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Admission

£8.50/£7.50 (free for under-16s)

The Sixties

The Sixties

  • 1 August 2013 — 1 August 2016 *on now

The Sixties aims to recreate the spirit of this exciting decade which saw momentous change in so many areas of public and private life.

The gallery uses fascinating and iconic objects from the social history, art, fashion, military and astronomy collections to bring back the atmosphere of change which swept over the country during the 1960s. Highlights include a Lambretta scooter, a Dansette record player, Beatles singles and fashion by Mary Quant.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£8.50/£7.50 (free for under-16s)

York Castle Prison

York Castle Prison

  • 1 August 2013 — 1 August 2016 *on now

Come and see York Castle Prison's infamous residents and fascinating history brought to life in our special exhibition. Experience a brutal and crooked prison system and meet our most notorious prisoner: the legendary highwayman, Dick Turpin.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

£8.50/£7.50 (free for under-16s)

1914: When the World Changed Forever

1914: When the World Changed Forever

  • 28 June 2014 — 31 December 2018 *on now

The terror of total war and its revolutionary impact on life around the world will be explored in this major new exhibition marking the centenary of the First World War.

From the pre-war golden age of peace and prosperity visitors will be sent to the recruitment office and travel via train to the horrors of the front line - from rats to foot rot, shell shock to gas warfare. Back home, daily life in Britain was changing beyond recognition while around the world millions would die as Europe's empires clashed in the first truly global conflict.

The exhibition opens on June 28th - 100 years to the day that Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, which then sparked a chain of events which led to the outbreak of war.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Exhibition included in York Castle Museum admission.

Website

http://www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk

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.
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Gallipoli

  • 25 April 2015 2-3pm

The Gallipoli Campaign ran between 25 April 1915 and 9 January 1916 and was disastrous for the Allies. Many Australians, New Zealanders and Britons lost their lives. Find out what happened in this talk by museum curators.

To book a place please contact York Museums Trust on 01904 697979.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free event – museum admission applies.

Website

http://www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk

York Castle Museum

History Wardrobe Presents: Fairytale Fashion

  • 6 May 2015 6-8pm

Once upon a time… Step into your favourite stories as we enter a world of magical clothes and well-loved tales. Explore the story of the Princess dress, from Cinderella’s ballgown to Princess Diana and Disney. A dazzling fairy godmother dresses Cinderella for all the glory of an 18th century ball.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£8 per person, museum admission included.
To book a place please contact York Museums Trust on 01904 697979.

Website

http://www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk

Raindale Mill at York Castle Museum

Raindale Mill Family Days

  • 9 — 10 May 2015 11am-3pm

Visit the Victorian water mill at York Castle Museum, find out about the history of the mill and see how the wheel is powered. Have a go at grinding grain using a quern stone, making a grainscape picture and a corn dolly.

Plus – see bread being made in the Castle Kitchen, using traditional recipes.

Part of National Mills Weekend.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, no need to book. Museum admission applies.

Website

http://www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk

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A Victorian Walk Through York

  • 12 May 2015 2-4pm

In 2012 York Castle museum upgraded Dr Kirk’s Victorian street to represent York in the 1880s, featuring the lives of seven real York residents and many businesses from that time. Now with the help of a costumed guide you can go out into York and see those places and traces of Victorian York.

Meet outside York Castle Museum. As this is a long walk, please wear sensible footwear and advise us when booking of any mobility issues you may have.

To book a place please contact York Museums Trust on 01904 697979.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5 per person.

Website

http://www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk

York Castle Museum

Low Light and Macro Photography

  • 16 May 2015 10:30am-3:30pm

Learn how to make the most of your camera and create high quality imaginative images. Part of the day will be spent within a studio environment looking at close-up macro photography of interesting artefacts, the rest of the time will be spent ‘on location’ within the museum’s recreated Victorian street, Kirkgate, studying low light photography. Please bring your digital camera, with fully charged battery and an empty/formatted memory card. Also bring your camera’s instruction manual, and a tripod if you have one.

For more information please visit www.yortime.org.uk, phone 01904 552806 or email york.learning@york.gov.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£40 per person, museum admission included.

Website

http://www.yortime.org.uk

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Toys Through Time

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=261

A resource about toys past and present focusing on how toys move, and the materials from which they are made. There is a quiz at the end which can be used to reinforce what children have learned.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Bitter Sweet History - aspects of the British Slave Trade

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=260

Recognising how important the slave trade was to Britain and focussing on goods such as sugar which were related to the movement of slaves and their work on the plantations, also contains resources to support the teaching of the issues around Fair Trade and the many forms of slavery which still exist today.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Everyday Life in Victorian York

“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times...”
Pupils experience opposite ends of Victorian society as they take a Grand Tour through the museum. To get an appreciation of the opportunities and limitations of the 19th century class system, all pupils will try their hand at doing the laundry, receive a short, sharp lesson in the Victorian schoolroom, explore the shops, businesses and factories in Kirkgate with a Gentleman guide and help make butter to be taken back to school.

How to obtain

Call 01904 650333 or email groupbookings@ymt.org.uk to book a 2 hour session, available 29 June-3 July 2009. Price £90 per class of 30. Visit www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk/Page/WorkshopProgramme.aspx for more information.

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