Accessible viewing, researching and learning about the history of Richmondshire
Richmondshire Museum houses a large collection of local and folk history artefacts within its reconstructed Cruck House, Post Office, Chemists, Ironmongers and Fenwick's Shop, plus Lead-Mining, Toys and Transport exhibitions and displays. It is also proud to display the very popular BBC TV James Herriot surgery set and offers visitors an interactive experience in the Discovery Centre Gallery.
The Discovery Centre can also be hired for educational sessions and through role play, costume, the study of documents and photos, and in particular the hands on experience of artefacts, children enter the lives of people from previous times, experiencing not just the world they lived in, but their feelings and aspirations. What was life like for a Georgian child playing in the market place, a harassed Victorian mother looking after large family, a child at the end of the 19th Century on their first day at school or an evacuee stepping off the train at the start of WW2? Experiencing the life and times of others, through drama, provides a mirror for children to view their own lives, hopes and values.
By prior arrangement, records can be researched in the Wenham Study Centre in the Museum with varying degrees of support from volunteer historians and other specialists. The Wenham Study Centre and the Discovery Centre, along with kitchen facilities, can be booked in advance by groups for meetings, research, conferences and educational sessions.
Richmondshire Museum is located down Ryders Wynd, which is situated about one hundred yards from the Market Place. If approaching on foot from the roundabout next to the Georgian Theatre, walk down the cobbled street/Wynd linking the Chemist at the top to the Cake Shop at the bottom. Turn left after seventy five yards and you will see the Museum in front of you.
The Museum is open to general visitors between April or Easter and the end of the October half-term each year and opens its doors to visitors between 10.30 hrs and 16.30 hrs with last admission at 16.00 hrs.
Admission Charges: £3 adults and £2.50 concessions. Children under 16 free when accompanied by an adult. An individual adult season ticket is also available for £6. The Museum works with other Richmond attractions to operate a discounted joint Town-Ticketing scheme.
The Museum operates a membership scheme and is run by volunteers and funded by donations. Existing members of the Management Committee are always keen to welcome new expertise into the team. Anyone interested in becoming a member or volunteer can call round, contact the Museum on tel: 01748 825611 or send an e-mail via firstname.lastname@example.org.