Thirsk Museum

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Thirsk Museum occupies the house where Thomas Lord, the founder of Lord’s Cricket Ground, was born in 1755. There are eight rooms full of exhibits, featuring local life and industry, cricketing memorabilia, farming equipment, furniture, costumes and toys. Marvel at the bones of our Saxon Giant and shudder at the legend of the Busby Stoop Chair!

We also provide a wide range of services, particularly for schools. Our Museum Society organises illustrated talks about local history which everyone is welcome to attend.

Thirsk Museum is in Kirkgate, just across the road from The World of James Herriot. We are open to the public from Easter to the end of October. Come and see what Thirsk Museum has to offer.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

From 2nd April to the end of October:
Monday to Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
10.00am to 4.00pm
Closed Thursday and Sunday

Admission charges

Adults: £2.00
Children: Free when accompanied by an adult
Students: £1.00 on production of a valid student card
Museum Society members: Free

Collection details

Social History

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

The Victorian Bedroom

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

Peep into the bedroom - don’t be shy!

A traditional iron and brass bed is covered by a patchwork bedspread originally from a maid's bedroom in Thirsk Hall.

Freshly laundered undergarments are laid out ready to wear, while the gentle ticking of the grandfather clock leaves the quiet of the room undisturbed.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.thirskmuseum.org/displays.htm

The Edwardian Sitting Room

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

Step back in time to the beginning of the 20th century.

An invalid lady and her young maid can be seen by the fireside, surrounded by cabinets of fine china, intricate needlework and other treasures.

Her furniture, sewing machine, harmonium, pictures, books and curios complete the scene.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.thirskmuseum.org/displays.htm

The Shops

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

Our “shops” have received a fresh new look. Among the latest displays are “A century of Wedding Belles” - wedding dresses from the 1840s to the 1940s; “The Office” - ledgers, writing equipment and stationery from the 19th and early 20th centuries; “The Music Shop” - wind-up gramophones and 78rpm records from the 1920s and 30s; and “Lace” - examples of lace-making in a variety of styles.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.thirskmuseum.org/displays.htm

The Reynolds Room

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

See ceramics, coins, jewellery and tools found by archaeologists around Thirsk, many from Roman, Anglo-Saxon and Mediaeval times.

Among the exhibits are the remains of the “Saxon Giant” recovered from an ancient burial ground near the Museum. This room is named after Bernard Reynolds who converted the room for the Museum’s use.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.thirskmuseum.org/displays.htm

The First Floor Display Area

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

Just feel the nostalgia! There are collections of toys and childhood possessions, items reflecting the experiences of two World Wars, and documented photographs telling the lives and fortunes of families from the area. A special exhibition follows the rise and fall of Bamlett’s, the agricultural engineering firm synonymous with Thirsk for over a century. Some displays here are temporary - we change them regularly to reflect topical themes or recent anniversaries.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.thirskmuseum.org/displays.htm

The Cottage Kitchen

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

With its stone sink, cast-iron range and linen hanging above to air, this is where the 19th century housewife spent her time washing, cleaning and cooking.

The kitchen has a variety of household utensils once in daily use, including an early washing machine and a heavy mangle. High up on the wall (so you can’t sit on it!) is the infamous Busby Stoop Chair.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.thirskmuseum.org/displays.htm

The Herriot Room

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

Evoking the farming life of the 1930s and 1940s, this room contains a collection of agricultural and dairy tools, and a display of the blacksmith’s craft. A series of illustrative panels traces the development of agriculture in the Vale of Mowbray and explains the processes of butter- and cheese-making.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.thirskmuseum.org/displays.htm

The Thomas Lord Room

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

Here you’ll find cricketing memorabilia including a portrait of Thomas Lord presented by the MCC, a copy of his only known surviving signature, and a number of items connected with Yorkshire cricket and Yorkshire players.

For non-cricket fans there are maps, drawings and photographs tracing the changes in Thirsk over the last 200 years, together with a fine collection of sticks and riding crops.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.thirskmuseum.org/displays.htm

Thirsk Museum
70 Barton Street
Thirsk
North Yorkshire
YO7 1PQ
England

Website

www.thirskmuseum.org.uk

Telephone

01845 527707

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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