Here we are again. Another blog post that is split into two - simply because I got far too carried away taking photographs and couldn't choose only a few to post!
Ryedale Folk Museum, in the heart of the sleepy village of Hutton-le-Hole in North Yorkshire. If you read one of my previous blog posts on my visit to Hutton-le-Hole, you'll know that I wanted to come back to this quaint village and check out the museum. I had driven past it numerous times, and never thought twice about it. As soon as I found out it was basically a miniature version of Beamish, I NEEDED to go.
And it didn't disappoint.
I love signs. If I could then I would have my entire house filled to the brim with retro reclaimed signs from antique shops and auctions. I just LOVE them. I really do wish signs on shops looked like this everywhere these days. It's so much nicer than the LED lit up hideous signs you see on supermarkets :( How times have changed!!!
As soon as you step foot into the 6 acres of beautiful buildings and gardens, you come across a traditional street with a village store-cum-post office, and a chemist. I jumped with joy at the thought of a traditional village store with the retro food packaging that I adore.
I think I spent almost 10 minutes just in absolute awe of the entire shop. It literally felt like I had just walked into a shop from waaaaaaaaay back when. Once I had spent a good amount of time admiring the shop, a thought suddenly came to me. Why, how, what. Why have we landed ourselves in such a predicament with the environment and plastic packaging, when not so long ago all food was in cardboard? How did anyone think it was a marvellous idea to 'evolve' from the original branding? What do I have to do to persuade the whole world to go back to these designs, and in cardboard packaging?! Also, why aren't supermarket deliveries sent in these amazing wooden boxes? Oh, my heart breaks. If anyone out there knows where I can land myself one of these beauuuuutiful wooden boxes, please do hollaaa!
Just look at how amazing the Weetabix branding and packaging used to be! Everything in that shop is my idea of heaven. When can I kit my house out like that?
Glass bottles, drawers, jars, funnels, and pestle and mortars! Imagine walking into a chemist now asking for medicine and your request is ground, weighed and funnelled into a pot right in front of you. It made me wonder how many accidents may have happened with weighing the ingredients!
One of the things that I really love about visiting these types of museums is that all that you see in front of you, were either found or donated to the museum yeaaaaars ago. There's no mock-ups, or fakes. It's all real.
Just off the Village Store and Chemist was some workshops - saddlers, tinsmith, and undertaker and funeral services. As soon as you walked in, you could smell the soot, the iron and the leather - it hit you like a wall. The saddlers had original horse shoe covers, and the blacksmith had the original signs. What fascinated us the most about the undertaker and funeral services, was that there was a coffin on display that was found in the basement of a flooded nearby library many moons ago!
Inside the undertaker and funeral services workshop/office...
The exquisite Manor House dating back to the Tudor times was pretty impressive, absolutely huge, and it really is beautiful to look at from the outside as well as from within. Info about the building states that it was moved from a neighbouring village by volunteers and rebuilt at the Museum in 1971. Inside were a wide range of archaeological discoveries dating back to pre-historic times to not so long ago with arrow-heads to horses skulls to ogle at.
We all also had the chance to play a spot of Quoits!
As soon as you step in this looooong house, you felt like you were stepping back to the 18th century, and you could really have a sense of what life used to be like. It was a traditional farming household who would make homemade cheese from the milk from their cows. Originally, it would have been just a one-roomed house where the family would live with their livestock under one roof, however, it seemed that at some point in time it was extended to have a kitchen, living room, bedroom and dairy!
I would certainly recommend anyyyyyone to have a visit. Once you buy a ticket, you have full access for a whole year, and even though we spent just over 2 hours there, we didn't even see it all!!!!
Part 2 coming soooooon...
- MM x