The Shops

Our “shops” have received a fresh new look. Among the latest displays are “A century of Wedding Belles” - wedding dresses from the 1840s to the 1940s; “The Office” - ledgers, writing equipment and stationery from the 19th and early 20th centuries; “The Music Shop” - wind-up gramophones and 78rpm records from the 1920s and 30s; and “Lace” - examples of lace-making in a variety of styles.

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Exhibitions and events

The Thomas Lord Room

Permanent exhibition

Here you’ll find cricketing memorabilia including a portrait of Thomas Lord presented by the MCC, a copy of his only known surviving signature, and a number of items connected with Yorkshire cricket...

The First Floor Display Area

Permanent exhibition

Just feel the nostalgia! There are collections of toys and childhood possessions, items reflecting the experiences of two World Wars, and documented photographs telling the lives and fortunes of...

The Cottage Kitchen

Permanent exhibition

With its stone sink, cast-iron range and linen hanging above to air, this is where the 19th century housewife spent her time washing, cleaning and cooking. The kitchen has a variety of household...

The Reynolds Room

Permanent exhibition

See ceramics, coins, jewellery and tools found by archaeologists around Thirsk, many from Roman, Anglo-Saxon and Mediaeval times. Among the exhibits are the remains of the “Saxon Giant” recovered...

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