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Become a Trustee

Our friendly, enthusiastic and dedicated trustee group is seeking new recruits 

Following the retirement in 2023 of several trustees who made a substantial difference to the museum in recent years, we are looking for new trustees to join the Board. 

We’re looking for people who are forward thinking, open-minded, willing to contribute their time and effort, and who have a passion for the museum. Although we’re keen to welcome a diverse range of experiences and perspectives, we would particularly like to recruit trustees with expertise in fundraising, environmental issues and climate change, or farming and rural life. However, if you’re interested and feel you have something else to contribute, please get in touch as we’d love to hear from you. 

The Board has the ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of museum and charity, and, as a trustee, you will have the opportunity to help us deliver our strategic aims, contributing to a thriving and sustainable future. We aim to make your experience as a trustee both rewarding and enjoyable; and we offer support and development opportunities to help you grow your skills, as well as a formal induction process. By joining us, we hope that you will have the chance to use your expertise to make a real difference to the museum and local area. 

If you’d like to know more, just drop a line with your phone number to [email protected] and one of our existing trustees will get back to you. To apply, send us your CV and a covering letter detailing your relevant experience, why you’re interested, and what you have to offer. 

There is no deadline for applications.


There are always opportunities to volunteer at Ryedale Folk Museum. So if you have a few hours a week or a month and want to join our dedicated team, please get in touch.

We are currently seeking volunteers to help in the following areas:

1950s Village Store – welcoming visitors and providing interpretation in our characterful and nostalgic shop.  We can provide all the information you need relating to this exhibition space.  It’s a favourite with many visitors and we encourage them to leave us with memories of their local shop or use of the products on display.  We also sell a small range of traditional sweets – popular with the ‘big kids’ too!

Victorian White Cottage – welcoming visitors and providing interpretation in the White Cottage. You’ll be cooking and baking on the range, the warmest place at the museum! We can provide some historic recipes for you to try, or you can bring your own. 


If you’d like to get involved, please either:

Call us on 01751 417367 and ask to talk to Hannah Highsted

Or email us at [email protected]


Donate an object

We are very fortunate to have an extensive collection of objects, archives and photographs that have almost entirely been donated by local people over the last sixty years.

If you would like to consider donating an object to Ryedale Folk Museum, then we would be delighted to hear from you. We cannot accept all objects that we are offered and normally we take-in only around half of the things we are so generously offered by people.

This is normally because objects we are offered don’t meet some basic criteria that we have for deciding whether we accept an object into the Museum’s collection.

The first thing we normally want to find out is where is your object from or where was it made (the object’s origins and history). We collect items that originate from or have a history in the area approximately 10 miles around the Museum. After that, we will normally ask you a few other basic questions e.g. general condition etc. We always ask you to see the item before it is donated or supply a range of good quality photographs of it.

If you would like to talk to someone about a donation, then please call us on 01751 417367 and ask for Helen Mason, or send us an email to [email protected] 

We are unable to accept items ‘over the counter’ and without an appointment. Thank you for your understanding.