This is a museum depicting rural life. An added attraction is that the museum itself is housed in a beautiful regency period Grade II* listed mansion with farm outbuildings. Within the 27 themed rooms and courtyards of Beck Isle Museum there's a diverse range of objects to explore. The rooms reflect the local lives and customs of Pickering and Ryedale over the last 200 years. The informal layout of the collections and the accessibility of the many thousands of objects leads you to truly believe you are in a 'Victorian Pub' with horsehair seats and shove ha'penny board, or the 'Cobbler's Shop' with long-handled knives and boot jacks. Step into the 'Chemist's Shop' and see the 116 drawer hand-made drug run. Enter the 'Costume Room' and see the models dressed in clothes from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The 'Gent's Tailors', the 'Victorian Parlour', the 'Wheelwright's and Hardware Store' and don't miss the extensive 'Rosedale Railway and Mines' Display and so much more...the museum's collections goes on and on.
The print room houses letterpress printing equipment over 160 years old, where demonstrations and talks are regularly given. The star piece of this room being the Columbian Printing Press once used in Pickering by a local printers and still in operation today at the Beck Isle Museum. A huge variety of farm implements sit alongside the blacksmith's shop, where skilled volunteers restore and convert the tractor-pulled equipment back to their original state of horse drawn. The tools and machinery date from the late Victorian era (1890) to 1960. There is also an extensive collection of photographs of rural life by the celebrated local photographer Sydney Smith. The outbuildings are fully wheelchair accessible and they have two self-operated chair lifts which enable access to the upper floors. The main museum building is accessible on the ground floor and a DVD tour is available. The first floor is accessible by a flight of stairs. Disabled parking is available outside the museum. They welcome support dogs. The toilets are fully wheelchair accessible. Baby changing facilities are available. Pickering Station on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is close by, as is Pickering Castle.
Location : Beck Isle, Pickering, North Yorkshire YO18 8DU
Transport: Seamer (National Rail) then 128 bus. Bus route 128 stops nearby.
Opening Times: Daily 10:00 to 16:00. April to October 10:00 to 17:00
Tickets: Adults £6.00. Concessions £5.00. Children (5 - 16) £3,00.
Tel: 01751 473 653