Welcome to Murton Park. Home of The Yorkshire Museum of Farming and the Danelaw Centre for Living History.


Welcome to the Yorkshire Museum of Farming and Danelaw Centre for Living History.

The site and the museum collection are now open to the public for our great 2016 season. Visit our ‘what’s on’ pages to see the special events and displays that are running throughout the season.

The museum is open seven days a week from 10:00am to 4:30pm with last admissions at 3:30. Our shop usually closes around 4:00pm.

This has been a very busy winter for the museum. Alongside work to improve the paths and trackways linking the various parts of our site, a major construction project is nearing completion to reconstruct a traditional ‘horse gin’ – a building designed for harnessing horse power to drive a variety of static machinery – as a new annexe to our reception building. The gin is being given a new lease of life, having been saved from demolition and transported to the museum over winter.

The museum is also delighted to be welcoming new friends to our community. Internationally renowned local writer and historian of all things knitting, knitwear design and yarn related, Penelope Hemmingway will become our official ‘Writer in residence’ for the 2016 season and will be offering a range of bookable events and talks. Joining her, local artist group York Printmakers will be acting as our ‘Artists in residence’ throughout the season and working towards an exhibition on the the theme of ‘Harvest’. They will also be offering a range of demonstrations and some bookable activities. We are also delighted to welcome local photographic artist  Peter Bayliss as Photographer in Residence. Look out for details of the workshops and exhibitions that Peter will be running throughout the year. For further details about these activities see our events page for further details

Keep up to date with developments at the site and more informal news items by visiting our Facebook page by clicking here:




Services for Schools

Murton Park is home to the award winning Danelaw Centre for Living History. Danelaw offers a range of educational services to schools at Key Stages 1 and 2. The award winning team run a range of pre-booked study days for groups of up to 60 children here on site, or in your school.

We offer a range of period specific, hands-on activity days, all structured to offer a range of fully inclusive learning experiences.

We are proud of our status as a Learning Outside the Classroom Q badge holder and are current holders of two Sandford Awards for excellence in Heritage Education.

For further information, please click on the Services for Schools tab on the menu above.

For an insiders view of what is going on for school parties at the moment and a bit of informal news about our living history activities, visit the Facebook page of the Danelaw Centre for Living History by clicking here:

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