We have partnered up with Ryedale District Council to collect photographs and other creative responses, that capture the spirit of the people of Ryedale and the wider North York Moors area.
This is an extraordinary time for the whole country and we are seeing a wonderful array of community actions, in response to the coronavirus outbreak. We want to collect memories and stories during this time, that reflect, in particular, the community support networks that are being established to help those in need and each other. This is in keeping with the Museum’s long history of collecting the stories of ordinary folk in our area.
We are asking people and communities in our area to share their photographs, stories and creative responses right now. We do not want any to travel or put themselves in danger, but just to think about taking a mobile snap when they drop off at a local food bank or jot down the kind act of a neighbour.
It is our hope that some of these materials and memories will become part of the Museum’s permanent collection, as a record of these unprecedented times we find ourselves.
We expect the collecting aspect of this project to run throughout the whole of 2020.
If you want to share your photos and stories please email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org and please include your name, contact details and a description of what you have submitted or if an image, a short caption.
- Please note – it is your responsibility to ensure that all permissions from individuals depicted in photographs have been agreed in advance.
- Submissions are sent on the understanding that they may be catalogued and archived as part of the Ryedale Folk Museum’s permanent collection. If Ryedale Folk Museum wishes to place your items into its permanent collection we will discuss that with you and ask you to complete some simple object entry paperwork. We do not expect this to take place until late 2020.
- Submissions are sent on the understanding they may be included in social media feeds and a physical exhibition to be developed in the future.
- Your contact details will be held in accordance with the Data Protection Act and they will only be used for the purpose of contacting you in relation to your submission and for no other reason.
Become a Trustee
We are looking for trustees to join our friendly and dedicated Board, to help oversee the management of Ryedale Folk Museum and be involved in shaping the future of the museum, to ensure that we can continue to be a thriving venue for visitors and the local community for the next fifty years and beyond.
We welcome applications from people with a wide range of skills and experience. At this time, we are particularly seeking a new Secretary for the board.
However, if you are interested in a trustee role and feel that you have different skills to contribute, please apply, as all applications will be considered.
If you would like to join us, you can find out more about the roles and how to apply here:
There is no deadline. Applications should be emailed to [email protected]
For further information or to discuss the roles, please call Jennifer Smith on 01751 417367.
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!
Site Maintenance – helping keep our six acre site, gardens and twenty buildings in top-shape to be enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year.
If you’d like to get involved, please contact Craig Irving (Operations Manager) on 01751 417367 or email [email protected]
Senior Visitor Services Assistant
Join our small and friendly Museum team this summer!
We are looking for Senior Visitor Services Assistant to provide a welcoming experience for visitors through the efficient handling of admissions and shop sales and maintain our excellent standards of customer service. The postholder will undertake work which supports the running of the Museum’s gift shop and basic administrative duties.
For all the information including the full job description and how to apply, please see the following documents:
We are not accepting CVs for this post. Please use the application form.
Closing date – 12 noon on Wednesday 24 April
Engagement Officer (Dialect and Heritage project)
Do you have a track record of engaging new audiences for a museum or heritage venue/project?
This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, creative and flexible individual to work on a project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund that aims to engage new audiences with collections at the University of Leeds and at five partner museums across England, including Ryedale Folk Museum. The partner museums are: Dales Countryside Museum, Ryedale Folk Museum, Weald & Downland Living Museum, Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, and the Museum of East Anglian Life.
There are five posts, with one based at each of the partner museums to develop audience engagement programmes and relationships with external organisations who can support you to access new, diverse audiences.
The project centres around the Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture (LAVC). The LAVC is a unique and nationally important multi-media archive including the records of the Survey of English Dialects and the Institute of Dialect and Folk Life Studies. The collection is housed and accessible at the University of Leeds Special Collections.
For all the details including the Candidate Brief and how to apply, please see the University of Leeds Job Vacancies page.
To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:
Dr Sarah Hughes, Project Manager
Email: [email protected]
Ryedale Folk Museum is not dealing with pre-application questions or enquiries regarding this role.
Working hours: 0.5 FTE
Contract: Fixed term, 17.5 months
Closing Date: Tuesday 20 April
Salary: £23,067 to £26,715 p.a pro-rata
It is likely that an appointment will be made no higher than £23,067 p.a., since there are funding limitations which dictate the level at which the appointment can start
There are many ways that you can support the Museum – and becoming an individual or corporate sponsor is one of those. We have a range of support packages available, and many come with benefits to share with your staff, colleagues and families.
For more information, download our Corporate Sponsorship Brochure.
We are very pleased and proud to announce that our current sponsors are:
Wold Ecology – sponsorship of our traditional cornfield
Towler’s Chemists of Kirkbymoorside – sponsorship of our Chemist’s Shop
Adam Collier Funeral Services – sponsorship of the Undertaker’s
Greenwood Crafts – sponsorship of the Carpenter’s
Hungate Cottages – sponsorship of the White Cottage