Rural Roadshow comes to Kildwick & Farnhill!

This weekend we brought the rural roadshow to Kildwick and Farnhill Institute. It was another opportunity for visitors to come and have an up-close look at some of our historic items.

Visitors taking part in some hands-on history with one of our dedicated volunteers

Kildwick and Farnhill History Group also came along to show visitors some of their recent projects. It was a very busy morning with plenty to see and do!

We also continued our People’s Museum project, where visitors have been bringing us some of their own precious items to take a look at. We saw some very interesting objects, including a carved stone head found bricked in face down in the wall of a Farnhill garden shed. It was only discovered when the owner pulled the shed down!

A carved stone head found in the walls of a shed in Farnhill

A member of the Kildwick and Farnhill History Group also showed us a fascinating object that belonged to one of their relatives. It is known as a Bristow Coil and was named after Walter Rowley Bristol. He was an orthopaedic surgeon who developed the use of Faraday’s principle of using electromagnetically controlled voltages for treating joint and muscle injuries. It was also used during WWI to treat injured servicemen.

A Bristow Coil that used electromagnetic voltages to treat join and muscle injuries

To see all the other fantastic objects brought along on the day, visit our People’s Museum page. Have you got your own treasure that you’d like to share with Craven Museum? Check out our events page to see our upcoming Roadshows!

Thanks to all our visitors and volunteers who helped out on the day.

Pottery- old & new

We are half way through the summer holidays and we have been as busy as ever!

On Wednesday we travelled to Burton in Lonsdale to hold a Make & Take craft workshop in the village hall. Lots of people braved the wet weather and joined us to make dinosaurs, sheep and mosaics! A big thank-you to volunteers Jean, Janet and Ruth for helping to run the workshop and making sure everyone had such a great time! We hope to be back to visit soon.


On Thursday, our staff and volunteers went to York to meet Anne Jenner, a specialist in Medieval pottery at York Archaeological Trust who gave us plenty of tips to help research and document the pottery that was found in a site behind the Town Hall. Over the next three months, our collections volunteers will be identifying different types of pottery and we will be sharing more about these finds in a future blog- watch this space!

At Skipton Town Hall this morning we travelled back in time to create our own Neolithic clay pots! We got very messy and had lots of fun!  You can join us next Friday 16th August at Skipton Town Hall 10:00-12:00 where we will be making our own looms and learning how to weave. No need to book, just drop-in and see us!

Craven Treasures

We have been exploring ancient worlds and designing fascinating creatures with our family craft workshops! Last Friday was the very first of our summer craft Make & Take workshops in the Hub at Skipton Town Hall. It was amazing to see so many familiar faces from our workshops last year!

Using tiny fragments of mosaic found at the site of Kirk Sink villa in Gargrave as our inspiration, we created our own mosaic patterns using multi-coloured paper tiles. Wealthy Romans often decorated the floors of their homes with vast mosaics, using everyday scenes as well as myths and historical events to create intricate patterns using tiny coloured tiles called tesserae. We took inspiration from our town and made some special mosaic sheep!

Dinosaurs went extinct about 65 million years ago but this week saw an invasion of prehistoric creatures! We saw some amazing creations, from a T-rex with an array of different hats to dragons chasing a princess from her tower! A huge thank you to our volunteers Kathy and Chloe who helped at both of the events.

We have a summer full of activities planned and look forward to seeing you all again next Friday at the Hub 10am-midday and every Friday until 30th August!

  • Make & Take on the road- we will be making a special stop at Burton-in-Lonsdale Village Hall on Wednesday 7th August for even more craft fun. Join us there for a free drop-in event.