While Malton and Norton have historically been known for two main industries – horse racing and beer production – leaders of the towns’ history have highlighted a number of others in exhibitions and workshops.
Already sewing, pottery and the bottling of aerated water have been featured and this week the family workshops will focus on battles dating back to the Romans, said organiser of the initiative, Margaret Shaw.
“We shall be showing youngsters how to make chain mail,” she added.
Expert demonstrators have been brought in by the enthusiasts behind the Malton Museum and Woodham-Stone Collections. As a result, said Mrs Shaw, many local families have experienced a big learning curve on the skills which existed in the twin towns over many centuries.
A workshop on August 29 will feature the art of twisting threads to make braids which were used to adorn costumes in medieval times.
Pottery making played a major role in the area, said Mrs Shaw because of its high quality clay and youngsters have been shown the skill of making Roman lamps.Other crafts have included the making of silks for jockeys, pre-Victorian sewing, and haberdashery.
“All the workshops have been free and run between 10 am and 4 pm.”
Meanwhile the museum supporters and volunteers are now hoping to build on their success by running evening events for traders and to link with the Dickens Group because of its close proximity to the Subscription Rooms in Yorkersgate and the offices where Charles Dickens set his classic story, “A Christmas Carol”.
Their ultimate aspiration is to create a new future for the museum’s wealth of collections of Roman artefacts and those amassed by John Stone and Sydney Woodham.