Friends of Malton Museum

Friends of Malton Museum

Details of our next virtual lecture

The Friends of Malton Museum are keen supporters of the museum, and many of the members are active volunteers.

Since we were formed in the 1970s, the Friends support the museum in a number of ways – in particular, they raise vital funds for special purchases or other specific purposes such as the staging of new exhibitions.

See Membership for further details on how to join.


Upcoming Events

Until we are able to resume our in person lectures, we shall be hosting a series of virtual lectures.

We shall soon be announcing our Autumn lecture series.

Virtual Lectures

In this time of restriction on all types of meetings some of our speakers have very kindly offered to join us for virtual lectures – with an opportunity to ask questions too.

Anyone is welcome to join our lectures, and we suggest a donation of £4 for non-members (details on registration).

For details on how to access all our lectures, past and present:

Email us at [email protected]


Our next Virtual Lecture

Bog Bodies: face-to-face with the past

Thanks to Dr Melanie Giles for our final lectures before our summer break

When is this lecture?

on Wednesday 21st April at 7.30 pm

What is this lecture about?

In this lecture, Dr Melanie Giles will explore the iconic phenomenon of well-preserved human ‘mummies’ from the peat bogs of north-western Europe. She will explore how our changing relationship with these wetland environments has shaped the reception of these remains, examining the different techniques through which they have been conserved and curated. She will compare different explanations for their often violent deaths before discussing the ‘cold case’ of Worsley man: Manchester Museum’s own ‘bog head’ and the new research which tells a rather different story of his death in the context of the Roman conquest of the north. Finally, she will discuss issues around their exhibition, display and continuing hold upon our imagination, arguing they have to power to both appal yet impel us to form new relationships with the bog itself.

How do I access this lecture?

Email us at [email protected]

We are also planning to make a recorded version available after this lecture


Previous Virtual Lectures


Bird life of Bempton Cliffs

Thanks to Dave O’Hara for another virtual lecture, our fifth so far this season

When was this lecture?

Wednesday 17th March at 7.30 pm

What was this lecture about?

A lecture following how our relationship to seabirds has shifted from collecting their eggs, to conservation practices such as monitoring and observation.

How do I access this lecture?

Email us at [email protected]

We are also planning to make a recorded version available after this lecture


EquistryRoman & Medieval cavalry theories put to the test

Thanks to Kaitlyn Beattie & Simon Burrows for joining us on a topic that suits our latest museum exhibition theme ‘Horse Power’

When was this lecture?

On Wednesday 17th February at 7.30 pm

What was this lecture about?

An exploration of how experimental archaeology has help us to understand how horses have been used over many centuries

How do I access this lecture?

Email us at [email protected]

We are also planning to make a recorded version available after this lecture


Family History – Myths and Lies

Thanks to Gillian Waters for joining us for our third virtual lecture

When was this lecture?

On Thursday 21st January at 7.30 pm

What is this lecture about?

Family History – Myths and Lies – can we trust the family stories we uncover

How do I access this lecture?

Email us at [email protected]

We are also planning to make a recorded version available after this lecture


Project Emily

Thanks to Malcolm Brooke for another exciting first as we uploaded this lecture to our own YouTube channel (email us for details).

What is this lecture about?

The story of Project Emily follows a brief history of some of the Thor missile sites that were set-up along England’s east coast during the height of the Cold War in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.

When was this lecture?

On Wednesday 18th November at 7.30 pm

How do I access this lecture?

Email us at [email protected]

We are also planning to make a recorded version available after this lecture


Woodland Trust

Thanks to Alan Hunton of the Woodland Trust we had an exciting first for Friends of Malton Museum with a virtual lecture.

What is this lecture about?

Learn about Ancient Trees in Yorkshire, how to recognise them, what they mean to our environment, and how organisations such as Woodlands Trust are helping to protect these trees.

When was this lecture?

On Wednesday 21st October at 7.30 pm

How can I access this lecture?

To see a recorded version of this lecture…

Email us at [email protected]


Past Events

Friends of Malton Museum has been running an interesting series of evening lectures, held on the third Wednesday of the month from September to April; these usually take place in the library at Malton School on Middlecave Road.

Entry to these lectures is free for members; for non-members a fee of £4 is payable on the door.

We also have a Friends Annual General Meeting and social evening, usually held in May, and always provides a good opportunity to socialise.


Membership subscriptions

New members are always welcome

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Adults: £10
Students/Senior citizens: £9
Family membership: Adults normal rate +£1 for every child under 16.
Life membership: £75