Saturday, 7 August 2010

Fun at the folk museum...

While we were on holiday in Yorkshire recently, we visited the Ryedale Folk Museum and it was great fun! The museum is set in three acres of land and there are all sorts of buildings from around the country and through the ages that have been dismantled and rebuilt on the site.
Ryedale Folk Museum

One of the first things you come to is a selection of old craft workshops and a fantastic old village shop (the kind that used to sell everything). Check out the shelves full of vintage packaging...
Yorkshire shop 1

Shop shelves 1

There were also some very cool old adverts and promotional items in the shop, like this giant packet of chewing gum hung from the ceiling...
Wrigley's gum

And a very random McVitie's biscuit advert on the wall...
Parrot biscuit ad
Did everyone have a parrot chained to the mantelpiece in days gone by?!

It also turned out that Vimto used to be a very pushy company...
Vimto closed

There were some great examples of cruck framed houses, including one called 'Stang End'...
End of thatched cruck house

And an example of a crofter's cottage...
Crofter's cottage

The interiors were very impressive, with fantastic exposed beams showing the structure of the buildings and the inside of the thatch...
Rafters

The windows let in a lovely soft light...
Window light

And there were some 'artefacts' dotted about that made us feel at home, such as these baskets of dyed wool (there's a lot of that in my house!)...
Baskets of dyed wool

And a wooden bowl very similar to the ones we've got that were made by Robin Wood...
Wooden bowl and spoon

I don't know why, but I got really excited about the wash house... Maybe all the threads that I've been reading on Ravelry about washing sheep fleeces have got me lusting after a wash house of my own to save bending over the bath? Very strange... I even bought a book called Laundry Bygones and I've already read it from cover to cover!

The dolly tubs were particularly appealing (I'd never seen one before but I know what some of the designs are called now thanks to an old advert in my Laundry Bygones book) and the museum had a good collection of them, all slightly different in design...
Stronga dolly tub

Two dolly tubs
This one's got a wooden dolly peg in it!
Dolly tub and dolly peg

This one has a special anti-splash rim!
Non-splash dolly tub 1
I'm so sad... :D

I love old wooden boxes like these...
Monkey soap and Colmans starch

I spotted a lovely bull with curly hair on an old Colman's mustard box...
Colman's mustard bull

We had a great time in the Victorian photographer's studio that has been rebuilt on the site. I didn't get a photo of the studio itself because I was instantly distracted by the area that had been set up for people to take their own photos of each other dressed up in the selection of clothes that had been thoughtfully left on a rail next to a painted backdrop and wooden chair!

Ade got stuck in straight away and found an RAF jacket and hat...
RAF man 1

RAF face 1

And then changed into a slightly more disturbing ensemble of green hat, red dress and some kind of furry creature...
Cat in a hat 1

I liked the look of the hat myself...
Me in a hat

Once we'd recovered from that, we went outside to meet Max the Clydesdale horse, who turned out to be at the museum on retirement after a lifetime of galloping about on beaches as one of the Cumbrian Heavy Horses team...
Ade meets Max

After chatting to Max, we wandered up to the Iron Age roundhouse that's been built from scratch using authentic materials and techniques. It was a very impressive structure with a very distinctive shape from the outside...
Iron age round house

There was a rustic upright loom inside with some clay weights hanging on the warp...
Loom warp weights

On the way back from the roundhouse we passed some of the other farm animals that live at the museum, including some friendly hens...
Buff hen

And some rare Lincolnshire Curly Coated pigs that were either too far away to photograph or too near and too fast to get a non-blurry photo!

The vegetable gardens were inspiring but we were a bit confused by the rows of potato plants that seemed to have tomatoes growing off them...
Spud tomatoes
What's that all about?!

There was so much to see, we'd definitely go back if we get the chance in the future. My full set of photos is on Flickr here if you're interested. I'd recommend a visit if you're in the area, especially if you like dolly tubs as much as I do! :)

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