2016 Reopening weekend – 26th to 28th March 2016

The site is literally buzzing with activity at the moment as we prepare for our re-opening over the Easter weekend as work is pressing ahead with various projects to enhance our facilities.

Alongside work to improve the paths and trackways linking the various parts of our site, a major construction project is well underway 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. For further details about these activities see our events page for further details

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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:


Please note: The museum collection remains closed to the public for the winter season and will reopen at Easter 2016. The site remains open for school groups. 

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Family Attractions




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 a Sandford Award for excellence in Heritage Education.

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