Beck Isle Museum opens for new season this weekend

As the Beck Isle Museum opens its doors on the 10th of February for the 2018 season, visitors can see a new display of holiday fashion through the ages.

‘Sun, sea and sandals: Holiday fashion through the ages’, explores how holiday fashion changed over time. From swimming to sunbathing, explore the fashions worn at popular seaside destinations, alongside postcards, tourist guides and other holiday accessories. Amongst the items on display is a pair of 1920s rubber beach shoes and a men’s Jantzen bathing suit, purchased from Greensmith and Thackwray in 1934.

Ella Voce, Museum Manager says:

This is a great opportunity for us to display some of the fantastic costumes out of the museum store. We always try to rotate the collection so that there is something new for visitors.’

Other new displays for the season include a small display of local pottery made by Runtons of Pickering and a selection of different photographs from the Sydney Smith collection of local photography.

Throughout the winter months the museum has been closed which gives staff and volunteers an opportunity to change exhibits and thoroughly clean some of the display areas. This is quite a challenge with 27 display areas; the Gentleman’s Outfitters alone has 90 individual drawers which each need carefully emptying, cleaning and replacing. This is also a chance to check the condition of the items on display to see if there has been any deterioration due to light, temperature or humidity.

There is a full events programme throughout the year, starting with half-term activities for families with Valentine’s Crafts on 12 Feb and Fossil Hunters on the 16 Feb. On traditional craft days visitors can see the museum brought to life as our skilled volunteers demonstrate traditional rural crafts, from paper quilling and rag rugging to crocheting and butter making. Look out later in the year for our new Victorian scrapbook event and a monthly storytime session in the museum for the under 5s.

2018 marks the centenary of the end of the First World War and volunteer researchers at the museum are coming to the end of the three year project to find out about Pickering men and women who fought in the war. There are still a number of names on the Pickering Roll of Honour about which we know very little:

CARTER J.W. – Born in Rosedale, listed as serving in the Yorkshire Regiment.
DOWSON E. – Born in Lockton. Injured at the Somme. Regiment Not Known.
GRAINGER D.G. – Listed as being a Lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corps
HUMBLE B. – Listed as being in the Army Service Corps.
HUXTABLE E. F. – Listed as being a Corporal in the Royal Garrison Artillery
MASTERMAN B. – Private in the 5TH Yorkshire Regiment
MORLEY T. – Listed as born in 1890 and served in the Army Service Corp
WARD,W. – nicknamed Bangem., Of the Army Service Corps
WATSON, A. CORP of the Yorkshire Hussars

If one of the above names is one of your ancestors and you would be prepared to share information, photographs or stories about your relative, please contact the museum. This research will form the basis of a book which will be published to coincide with the centenary of the end of the First World War.

‘Sun, sea and sandals: Holiday fashion through the ages’ runs until the 24 November at the Beck Isle Museum. The museum is open daily from 10am-4pm (Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov) and 10am-5pm (Apr- Sept). For more information please visit our website or call 01751 473653.


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