Help to keep history alive

by Handymag

Nestled in a garden beside Pickering Beck, Beck Isle Museum is a Grade II* listed Georgian building, displaying and caring for over 50,000 objects relating to the history of Pickering and the surrounding area.

The Museum contains period rooms, a pub, workshops and shops including a chemist’s and a gentleman’s outfitters. Behind the house there are workshops illustrating trades such as the blacksmith and the wheelwright and an open-air exhibition of horse-drawn agricultural machinery.

Beck Isle Museum was set up in 1967 by volunteers and has been run by volunteers for the last 52 years. Now overseen by a professional Museum Manager, the Museum continues to depend on volunteers for its day-to-day operation and governance.

And this is where you come in! Beck Isle needs new people to bring their skills and enthusiasm to help us to keep the Museum open for local people, visitors to the area, school parties and outreach to care homes for elderly people.
Can you help? Every day we need friendly faces on the reception desk to welcome our visitors. Without these important people, the Museum couldn’t open its doors.

We also need people with practical skills, whether this is maintaining our agricultural machinery, keeping the building well-maintained or demonstrating heritage crafts.

We need people with business/administration and IT skills to serve as trustees and to keep the organisation running. At the moment, we are particularly looking for someone with strong financial skills to serve as Treasurer – could this be you?

If you love history and would like to play your part in keeping this amazing local resource open for another 50 years, please contact Sarah Maultby for an initial chat about how you could help Beck Isle Museum. Call on 01751 473653 or email

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