During our recent trip to York, we visited York Castle Museum in York, North Yorkshire. The museum is on the site of York Castle which was originally built by William the Conqueror in 1068. The museum is housed in the historical prison buildings which were built on the site of the castle in the 18th century, the debtors’ prison which was built in 1701 to 1705 and the female prison which was built in 1780 to 1785.
The museum was founded by John Lamplugh Kirk after he advertised for expressions of interest from sites who wished to house his large collection of items relating to the study of social history. York was the successful applicant and the York Corporation bought the Female Prison in 1934 and modified it to house Kirk’s collection. The York Castle Museum opened on 23 April 1938.
This post shares some of my photographs of the various galleries in the museum.
Toy stories – a history of children’s toys
This elaborate doll’s house is called Dulce Domum which means Sweet Home and belonged to an eight year old girl called Phyllis Dulce in 1895.
Puppets from a Punch and Judy street show. I never saw a show like this but I remember reading about them in What Katy Did Next by Susan Coolidge and thinking it sounded wonderful.
Kirkgate – a recreated Victorian Street, named after the museum’s founder
Michael and I standing beside a Victorian coach at Kirkgate
A replica of a jail cell at Kirkgate
1914: When the World Changed Forever – WW1
Michael crawling through a replica trench from World War 1
The Cells – a display about life in the prison
A selection of manacles from the cells and a cat-o-nine tails.
Recreated period rooms including a Victorian parlour and a 17th-century dining room
A witch ball hangs in the window of this 1850s home, to ward off any evil.
Dick Turpin: the Untold Story
If you would like to learn more about the famous highwayman, Dick Turpin, you can read my post over at Sue Vincent’s lovely blog.