Ryedale Folk museum marks 50 years

A youngster dressed in an Afghan coat in front of a Hillman Minx, both part of a festival of the 1960s at Ryedale Folk Museum which is celebrating its 50th anniversary

Steve Jennings, a retired French teacher from Ryedale School, with a collection of Sixties music on display at Ryedale Folk Museum Festival of the 1960s, part of its 50th anniversary celebrations

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VISITORS to a North Yorkshire Museum were swung back into the Sixties at the weekend, when they set foot in a specially constructed "pop up exhibition".

The Ryedale Folk Museum in Hutton le Hole, near Pickering, reached its 50th birthday this year, and to commemorate the momentous occasion looked back to the era of its founded.

The museum roped in volunteers from the Pickering Sixties Festival to help them pay tribute to the icons of the era, by setting up a pop-up museum on the site with memorabilia - including a vintage Afghan coat and records from the era, and classic cars.

The exhibition was opened by Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire Lord Crathorne, who paid tribute to the work of museum. Founded in 1964, it now inhabits a six acre site with 20 buildings, and houses more than 40,000 objects and antiques.

A lasting marker of the 50th anniversary is being created by stonemasonry students from Moulton College in Northamptonshire. The stone carved milestone will be hand carved by the students over the next few months and placed in the museum’s grounds.

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