BECK Isle Museum is offering a 50 per cent discount to people who live in Ryedale as part of a campaign to increase its visitor numbers and improve its chances of financial survival.
Figures released by the attraction in Pickering reveal only four per cent of its visitors in recent years have hailed from the district.
“We have worked hard at Beck Isle to fundraise and increase our sponsorship along with Gift Aid and of course entry fees,” said Mike Haigh, of Beck Isle Museum. “But with the knowledge that only four per cent of the thousands of visitors who pass through the doors of this museum each year are local to Ryedale, it is becoming more important than ever that local people support this wonderful community museum and ensure that this treasure house continues to offer its fantastic collection of local items of interest covering many of the lives, customs and times of Ryedale people along with the many examples of work done by local people.”
Beck Isle Museum has 27 areas of exhibits with many regularly turned into “Living History” rooms manned by volunteers demonstrating crafts such as blacksmithing, rag rug making, glass engraving and more.
To gain half price entry, visitors are asked to produce proof of residency in Ryedale, such as a utility or council bill, driving licence or equivalent.