Nine reasons to visit York Castle Museum

Blossom S By Blossom S, 10th Feb 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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York Castle Museum is one of Britain's leading museums of everyday life, displaying thousands of household objects in room settings and exhibitions.

Nine reasons to visit York Castle Museum

As a social history museum, York Castle Museum is one of Britain's leading museums of everyday life, displaying thousands of household objects in room settings and exhibitions. It is considered to be a landmark in the development of museums and has twice won the York Tourism Award for best attraction.

York Castle Museum is located in York, England, on the very site of York Castle. During the 18th century the museum buildings were used as a prison. First they were a Debtor’s Prison and then later a Female Prison. As a museum York Castle Museum was founded by Dr John Kirk in 1938, who was a Yorkshire country doctor and a passionate collector of historical items used daily in the local area. Today the museum collection is of national importance in its scope and quality.

Highlights of York Castle Museum:

1. The Recreated Rooms

The recreated rooms represent the lifestyles from Late Medieval to Victorian and on to post war. Those rooms include a Victorian Parlour in 1870, a Moorland cottage in the north-east of Yorkshire in 1850s, a Georgian drawing room, a dinning room from the 17th century and a living room of a semi-detached suburban house at the time of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953.

2. The Exhibition Hall of daily used products

At the Exhibition Hall of daily used products you can see almost everything connected with people’s daily life, such as mops, vacuum cleaners, bath tubs, washing machines and refrigerators, etc. There are a few interactive areas for you to experience some past time daily used products.

3. The Gallery: From cradle to grave; birth, death and marriage 1700 to 2000

From the name you can imagine how informative the gallery is. There you can learn the customs of birth, wedding, death and mourning from 1700 to 2000 in England and in local area. A Burneston Parish Hearse in the centre of the gallery brought the Victorian funeral history more alive.

4. Chinese Reflections

Chinese Reflections is a permanent exhibition in York Castle Museum, opened at Chinese New Year, 2008. In this exhibition you can see 300 years of Chinese influence on everyday life in Britain.

5. The Kitchen rooms

At the Kitchen rooms you can see different kitchens in different periods. Besides you can also see a Yorkshire hearth and a transparent modern kitchen in which a staff may provide traditional local food for visitors to try.

6. Kirkgate

Kirkgate is a recreation of a Victorian street and named after Dr John Kirk, the founder of the museum. Kirkgate uses real shop fronts and collections of authentic goods to take visitors back to another era. Kirkgate reflects the flourishing prosperity of Victorian times.

7. Edwardian shops

Next to Kirkgate there is an area to display Edwardian shops, such as sweet shop, shoes making shop, banks and post office, etc. An ice cream handcart is standing in the front of two shops.

8. The World War II display

The WW2 display doesn’t tell you the history of the war itself, but the story of the local people between 1939 and 1945.
There are some good display cases here, such as the gas masks, ration books, newspapers, radio, and objects about the black market.

9. The Old Cells

The Old Cells were once used when the castle was a city prison and once locked many famous criminals in British history including the notorious highwayman Dick Turpin. Walking around in the low ceiling rooms you can see a few characters appears on one of the walls telling their story of how they became a prisoner.

You can also go outside and visit the old watermill and play some old-fashioned games in the old prison exercise yard.

Extra information:

The entry prices are £7.50 for adults, £4 for children and £6.50 for concessions. You are entitled to free entry to the museum at any time over the next 12 months. It is open daily from 9.30am to 5pm except for the Christmas period and New Year’s Day.

York Castle Museum is two minutes walk from Clifford’s Tower, five minutes from Jorvik Viking Centre, 10 minutes from York Minster and 30 minutes from National Railway Museum.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
10th Feb 2011 (#)

Your links are great, I would just LOVE to see you add some pictures!

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10th Feb 2011 (#)

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