Beck Isle Museum

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Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life
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Beck Isle Museum
Established1967 (1967)[1]
LocationPickering, North Yorkshire, England
Coordinates54°14′47″N 0°46′53″W / 54.246332°N 0.781317°W / 54.246332; -0.781317Coordinates: 54°14′47″N 0°46′53″W / 54.246332°N 0.781317°W / 54.246332; -0.781317
AccreditationArts Council England (AN:1359)[2]
Collection size60,000 objects[1]
Public transit accessPickering (NYMR)
Listed Building – Grade II*
Designated12 May 1969
Reference no.1315853

Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life is a social history museum in Pickering, North Yorkshire, England. The museum features period business displays including the shops of a barber, blacksmith, chemist, cobbler, cooper, printer, gentleman's draper, dairy and hardware store. There is also a Victorian-era pub and parlour, and a historic costume gallery.

The large collections it holds are housed in a fine regency period Grade II* listed mansion with farm outbuildings. Among the collections are the photography and photographic equipment of Sydney Smith, noted photographer of Pickering. The images from the collection number several thousand, quite a number are on display throughout the museum. Most of the images date from the 1920s to the late 1940s and are of Pickering and the surrounding villages, events and local people.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Beck Isle Museum". North York Moors National Park Authority. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  2. ^ "List of Accredited museums in the UK, Channel Islands, and Isle of Man" (xlsx). Arts Council England. 5 April 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Beck Isle Museum". Rydale on the Net. Retrieved 20 September 2016.

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