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Job Vacancies

There are currently no vacancies at the Museum. Please try again another time!

Become a Trustee

We are currently seeking a new Chair and two additional trustees who are forward thinking, open-minded, willing to contribute their time and effort, and who have a passion for the museum. 

We are keen to welcome a diverse range of experiences and perspectives and at present, we are particularly seeking trustees with the following expertise and experience including fundraising strategy, environmental issues and climate change, farming or rural life and marketing strategy. However, if you are interested in this role and feel that you have different skills to contribute, please apply, as all applications will be considered.

We have outlined the trustee roles in a Trustee Recruitment Pack, where you can also find out more about the expectations of becoming a member of the museum’s board and what the responsibilities are.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Friday 30 June. Details on how to apply are included in the Trustee Recruitment Information pack.

For further information or to discuss the roles, please send email your contact details to [email protected] and one of the current trustees will contact you.


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:

Complete this simple online form  and we will get in touch with you.

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.