About us

Thirsk Museum

All the exhibits shown on this site come from Thirsk Museum’s extensive collection. Some are on permanent display in the Museum, others form part of themed displays which change from time to time. We encourage you to come to Thirsk Museum to see them for yourself and learn more about their history.

If you wish to study any of the featured documents in more detail and are unable to visit the Museum, we can usually provide photocopies for this purpose. Please contact us for details. Some documents on this site can be viewed at a scale suitable for reading – look for the ‘Read this document’ link after the main description.

Home Front: Thirsk was launched in 2005 to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe. We continue to seek additions to our Home Front archive and would be grateful for the donation of more WW2 items or the opportunity to copy photographs or documents linked to the wartime experiences of folk from Thirsk and the surrounding district.

Thirsk Museum

Thirsk Museum was established in 1975 with the aim of preserving and displaying items that told something about the past generations who lived in the area. It occupies the house where Thomas Lord, founder of Lord’s Cricket Ground was born, and stands close to the surgery where the author and vet James Herriot worked for many years.

Besides preserving and displaying items of local historical interest, we provide a range of complementary services:

  • Tracing family history
  • Identifying unusual items
  • Providing access to archives
  • Presenting illustrated talks

Thirsk Museum is a UK Registered Charity (number 505106) and is staffed entirely by volunteers. To learn more about the Museum and the services we provide, please visit   www.thirskmuseum.org.