Yorkshire Museum of Farming
and the Danelaw Centre
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The Yorkshire Museum of Farming and the Danelaw Centre are located in Murton Park, a 16 acre rural setting just outside York. The Museum of Farming covers the agricultural history of the region from the first farming practices to present day. There is something for all ages to enjoy, including events and activities throughout the year.
The collections are displayed in 2 main buildings, the Four Seasons Gallery, which tells the story of the farming year from winter ploughing to autumn harvest and the Livestock Gallery, which explores the rearing of animals. There are also a variety of open-air exhibits. A collection of livestock is kept on site, and visitors can get close to the animals.
With lots of open space, Murton Park is ideal for letting off steam, with an adventure playground and toy tractors for children ,as well as a Millennium walk around the site and a farmhouse cafe. The museum also has a large library and archive available for researchers by appointment.
The Yorkshire Museum of Farming is also home to the Danelaw Centre for Living History. Apart from during school visiting hours, the reconstructed Viking Village and Roman Fort are available to explore and offers school pupils the chance to try out life in the "dark-ages" for themselves. During the Summer Holidays, costumed interpreters will be on hand every day to lead activities. Also on site is the last remaining stretch of the historic Derwent Valley Light Railway, which visitors can ride on Sundays.
Events are held throughout the year. During the school holidays Viking and Tudor themed family workshops are held on topics such as making oil lamps, spear and shield drill and candle dipping. Disabled access to most of the site but currently limited to lower floor in one of the display galleries.
|Jorvik Viking Centre||National Railway
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