Previous Exhibitions

Previous Exhibitions

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Malton Horse Power

2019 – 2021 exhibition

Our ‘Horse Power’ exhibition told the story of the long association between the Malton area and horses, from Iron Age chariot burials through the cavalry of the Roman army to the successful racing industry of today. There will be frequent changes of the objects on display throughout the duration of the exhibition.

In the entrance hall there is a display of photographs submitted by members of the public of them with their horse.

From our Malton Horse Power exhibition: a pair of black leather riding boots with a wooden tree insert that include an ornate spindle shaped carved handle at the top
Sir Guy Cunard’s Riding Boots

Malton Timeline

Find out more about the history of Malton and its surrounding area through the millennia, from Prehistoric discoveries, the important Roman fort that stood on what is now Orchard Field, and from medieval times through to the more recent past.

So that we can put on show more of the Museum’s extensive Roman collection, the objects on display in the cases are changed from time to time.

A decorated teracotta roof finial
Used as a Roman roof ventilator

Hands On Activities

The exhibitions contain ‘hands on’ activities for younger, and older, visitors. These have included a quern stone with which to have a go at grinding your own flour, period costumes for dressing up in, and two trails for children in which Fido, the museum’s dog, guides them around the displays.

Two different town trails are available to purchase: a leaflet format aimed at adults and backpacks which contain a trail and activities for families to enjoy.

A boy dressed in a Legionary Soliders uniform with a helmet and chainmail and holding his Sacrina (marching pack)
Dress up like Roman Legionary Solider

Malton Goes to Market

2016 – 2018 exhibition

For the 2016, 2017 and 2018 seasons the Museum staged the Malton Goes to Market exhibition. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England we were able to revamp our exhibition rooms, install new lighting and introduce new technology. The exhibition featured objects as diverse as Iron Age chalk figures, trade tokens and a decorative quilt.

For the 2017 season part of the exhibition space was used to house a display commemorating the First World War.

The Saxon Princess

2015 exhibition

In 2015 the Museum housed a temporary exhibition from Kirkleatham Museum: ‘The Saxon Princess’. The exhibition featured a replica of a rare Anglo-Saxon pendant which was discovered in 2006 by archaeologists excavating a cemetery at Street House, Redcar and Cleveland. It had been placed in a grave which is believed to be that of a Saxon princess who was buried lying on her highly-decorated bed.

Windows to the Past

2014 – 2015 exhibition

In 2014 and 2015 the Museum worked with the Woodhams-Stone Collection on ‘Windows to the Past’, a two-part exhibition exploring the changing nature of the town. It included a reconstruction of a Roman kitchen and one from the 1930’s.

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