50th anniversary of the Beck Isle Museum

Beck Isle Museum

Beck Isle Museum

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life in Pickering. The museum is housed in a grade II* listed building which was inherited by the agriculturalist William Marshall in 1816. He set about converting the building to create England’s first agricultural college, but died in 1818 before his project came to fruition. Founded in 1967 by a small group of local volunteers, Beck Isle Museum started out as a museum and arts centre in the ground floor rooms of this building. The original museum included a Wheelwrights shop, a costume room and a display of military uniforms from the Crimean war. Over the last 50 years the Beck Isle Museum has developed and expanded, and now displays thousand of objects relating to the social history of Pickering and its traditional trades, crafts and industries.

Come along and join the 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday 27th May between 10am and 4pm as Beck Isle Museum goes back to the 1960s, the decade in which the museum was founded. Enjoy free admission to the museum, displays of 1960s memorabilia as well as games and crafts for all the family. Take a trip down memory lane and listen to your favourite record, visit the village shop to buy a handful of penny sweets and test your knowledge of 1960s popular culture in our special quiz.

There is still a chance to look at the temporary exhibition ‘50 years, 50 objects’ which includes a range of artefacts from the collection from Bronze Age arrowheads to 19th century costume to 1960s domestic appliances. This exhibition as well as displays about the history of the museum will be running until the end of November.

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