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A great British view from the Scarborough Collections

A Victorian photograph from the Scarborough Collections is to feature in the popular ITV programme Rory Bremner’s Great British Views on Wednesday 8 May.

The image, by an unknown photographer and showing the South Bay thronged with boats, and a family making sandcastles in the foreground, will be shown in the second half of the programme during which presenter Rory Bremner visits Scarborough.

Joanna Lewis of Shiver TV, the production company behind Rory Bremner’s Great British Views, says: “The photo comes up as he’s talking about how Scarborough became a well-known holiday resort in the UK for Victorian holidaymakers after the railways were built.”

Scarborough Museums Trust Head of Collections Karen Snowden said: “This is a wonderful picture showing a Scarborough long gone – we were delighted to lend it to Shiver TV for this great series.”

Rory Bremner’s Great British Views can be seen on ITV at 2pm each weekday until 10 May. It follows the impressionist, satirist, and writer on a personal tour of the British Isles celebrating sweeping vistas of the rolling countryside, dramatic coastlines, historic buildings and architectural cityscapes.

Along the way, Rory immerses himself in the local culture finding out how the landscape is used today, learning about its surprising history and heritage, and its charming past and present inhabitants. He also unveils other vistas in the region, discovering plenty of unfamiliar facts about Britain and revealing the places that are close to his own heart.

The Scarborough Collections is the name given to all the museum objects acquired by the Borough of Scarborough over the years, now in the care of Scarborough Museums Trust. They are used by researchers including professional and amateur academics, freelance writers, television production companies and students studying art, costume design, geology, history and tourism.

40 years of celebration on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

1 May 2013 and 3-12 May 2013

Spring sees the North Yorkshire Moors Railway reach the age of 40 and to celebrate this milestone, the NYMR has planned a special anniversary day and a 10 day festival to mark the occasion.

On the 01 May 1973 the Duchess of Kent travelled by special Royal Train to officially open the North Yorkshire Moors Railway between Grosmont and Pickering. With trains now also running through to Whitby, the railway has developed to become the world’s most popular heritage railway, visited and enjoyed by almost 350,000 people each year.

40 years to the day on Wednesday 01 May 2013, a special train will run from Whitby hauled by K1 2-6-0 No 62005. It is hoped that the newly over-hauled ‘Lambton, Hetton & South Joicey Colliery’ tank No 29 (one of the engines that worked the royal train in 1973) will double-head the train at Grosmont to make the picturesque journey along the line to Pickering. The fare for travel on and the special train is £40 and includes a special souvenir ticket signed by the original Royal Train crew, a glass of sparkling wine and a slice of celebration cake.

One of the original royal train drivers is Chris Cubitt who has been an active volunteer and member since the earliest days, and today is vice-chairman of the owning North York Moors Historical Railway Trust. He explains, “The 40th Anniversary day and festival that will follow is a great chance to celebrate everything that has helped the railway develop, during our first 40 years.”

The 10 day NYMR 40th Anniversary Festival will take place from Friday 3rd to Sunday 12th May and will focus on the locomotives that have contributed to the history of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Highlights include a visit by LNER B1 No1306 ‘Mayflower’ and visits back home by the 62005 and J72 No 69023 ‘Joem’.

The home based fleet will be headed up by the 112mph record holding streamlined Pacific ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’ 60007, the fastest steam locomotive since World War 11, and the only other surviving B1 locomotive of 407 originally built, No 61264  – making a first special event appearance since the engine’s overhaul.

Philip Benham, General Manager said, “We believe this is the first time both surviving B1 locos have appeared together on a heritage railway. These were the very last class of steam locomotive to work the line for British Railways prior to closure in 1965, so should be an exciting spectacle to see.”

The Festival will also feature 3 LMS Black 5s, including 44871 and 45407, and the North Eastern Railway Saloon coach that featured as the “Old Gentleman’s Coach” from the 1970 film “The Railway Children” coupled up to ‘Joem’ (at a special supplement). Demonstration freight trains will run on various days throughout the event. There will be a chance to travel in style through the heart of the North York Moors including historic pre-war teak carriages, or passengers can upgrade to First Class Travel in recently refurbished compartment seats.

If all that wasn’t enough there will be a special Pie and Peas supper on the Esk Valley route to Battersby departing from Grosmont at 19.50 on Monday 6 May, which can be booked online www.nymr.co.uk. This is the perfect chance to sample the Railways new 40th Anniversary Ale and one of only a few times in 2013 to enjoy an NYMR steam journey on the Esk Valley Line. Scarborough & District Railway Modellers will be displaying a model railway exhibition in the Learning Centre on Platform 2 on the 11-12th May featuring Haymarket Cross (as seen in Hornby & BRM magazines) Rumbling Bridge, Heron Lane & Glengary.

Adult day rover tickets start from £23. Book your NYMR 40 Festival tickets online now www.nymr.co.uk. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is open every day from 22nd March – 3rd November. For more information please call 01751 472508, book online www.nymr.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @NYMR and Facebook @North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

Watch the birdie at Scarborough Art Gallery

The ornithology section of the Scarborough Collections is the subject of the next store tour, which will take place on Tuesday 30 April.

Led by Scarborough Museums Trust  Vistor Services Assistant and keen birder Jim Middleton, the tour is entitled ‘Eggs, Extinctions and Endlings’.

“We’ll be looking through the ornithological collections at some tragic losses, both locally and globally, and what we can learn from these,” says Jim.

SMT_eggsThe Scarborough Collections is the name given to all the items accumulated by the Borough over the years, now in the care of Scarborough Museums Trust. Since it’s not possible to have all the thousands of items in the Collections on display at any one time, the public are welcome to visit and view them – and the easiest way to do that is by joining one of the regular and popular store tours.

They take place on the last Tuesday of each month, and last around an hour. Participants are asked to meet at Scarborough Art Gallery at 2pm before heading next door to Woodend Creative Workspace, where the Collections are housed in modern storage facilities in the basement.

Places on the tour cost £2 each, and are limited, so booking is recommended. To book, or for further information, please call the Art Gallery on 01723 374753.

 

Scarborough Open Air Theatre Acts 2013

All announced acts for the Scarborough Open Air Theatre 2013 season.

Scarborough Open Air Theatre 2013 events

Status Quo 27th July – £35 per ticket (Tickets on sale)

Brit Award winning and triple platinum album selling rock band Status Quo, whose famous ‘Rockin’ All Over The World’ track is instantly recognised around the globe, is the first act to be announced for next summer’s line up at Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

On Saturday 27 July, Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Andrew Bown, John ‘Rhino’ Edwards and Matt Ledley will rock the stage with one of their legendary live performances, treating fans to many of Quo’s most popular hits from the last 50 years.

Status Quo’s total world-wide record sales exceed 118 million units.  The band has recorded 64 British hit singles, more than any other band, with 22 of those reaching the UK Top 10.  Quo’s 1990 ‘Rockin’ All Over The Years’ album sold over 1.1 million units in Great Britain, attaining triple platinum sales status.  The album spent over six months in the British Albums Chart, including ten weeks in the Top 10.  World-wide sales of the album exceed seven million.

McFly 30th August – £32.50 per ticket (Tickets on sale)

On Friday 30 August, band members Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter and Harry Judd will wow fans with energetic performances of a string of their hit records, recorded since the band formed in 2003.

McFly has sold more than 10 million records worldwide.  In 2005, the band won the Brit Award for Best British Pop Act.  Their debut album, Room on the 3rd Floor, debuted at number 1 in the UK Album Chart and is certified as double platinum.  It led to them earning an award from Guinness World Records for the youngest band ever to have an album debut at number 1 – a title they took from The Beatles.

By November 2010, McFly had eighteen consecutive top twenty singles, seven of which reached number 1 in the UK Singles Chart and fifteen of which were consecutive top ten singles.  The band has just released their ‘Best of’ album ‘Memory Lane’.

Leona Lewis 12th July – £35 (Tickets on sale)

Leona Lewis is to play Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre on Friday 12 July 2013. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Monday 21st January.

Leona Lewis first came to prominence after winning of the third series of The X Factor in 2006. A multi-platinum selling artist and three-time Grammy Award nominee, Lewis’s most successful single, “Bleeding Love”, reached number one in over 30 countries around the world, and was the best-selling single worldwide in 2008.
She was proclaimed “Top New Artist” by Billboard magazine in 2008. Her two albums Spirit and Echo, released in 2007 and 2009 respectively, have collectively sold in excess of 10 million copies worldwide and topped the charts in numerous countries. Lewis’s debut tour, The Labyrinth, took place in 2010. As of December 2001, Lewis has sold over 20 million records worldwide. Her third album Glassheart was release 12 October 2012. It was preceded by the single “Collide”, which became her seventh top-five hit in the UK. With the release of Hurt: The EP and “Trouble”, Lewis has had nine top-ten hits in the UK.

The Wanted June 14th – £32.50 (Tickets on sale)

The Wanted are set to perform at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre. As of writing this is their only UK tour date. The Wanted are an English-Irish boy band, formed in 2009 who made their debut release in July 2010. The group consists of members Max George, Nathan Sykes, Tom Parker, Jay McGuiness and Siva Kaneswaran and are currently signed to Island Records and in the US Mercury Records.

Their debut album, The Wanted, was released on 25th October 2010 and peak at #4 in the UK. The album had three UK top twenty singles released from it. Their debut single, “All Time Low” which hit the UK #1 spot, “Heart Vacancy” which reached #2 and “Lose My Mind” which managed a peak of #19 in the UK.

Happy Mondays 22nd June – £32.50 (Tickets on sale)

Happy Mondays are an English alternative rock band from Salford, Greater Manchester. Formed in 1980, the band’s original line-up was Shaun Ryder on lead vocals, his brother Paul Ryder on bass, lead guitarist Mark Day, keyboardist Paul Davis, and drummer Gary Whelan. Mark “Bez” Berry later joined the band onstage during a live performance after befriending Shaun Ryder and served as a dancer/percussionist. Rowetta Satchell joined the band to provide backing vocals in the earl 1990s.

Olly Murs 6th June – £35 (Tickets on sale)

Olly Murs rose to fame after finishing as the runner-up in the sixth series of The X Factor in 2009. In late August 2010, Murs released his debut single “Please Don’t Let Me Go”, which debuted at number one on the UK SIngles Charts, becoming Murs’ second number one single after releasing “You Are Not Alone” with the other series 6 finalists. He is currently signed to Epic Records in the United Kingdom, Columbia Records in the United States, and Syco Music.

Katherine Jenkins 3rd August – £38.50 (Tickets on sale)

Katherine Jenkins is a Welsh lyric mezzo-soprano. She came to wide public attention in 2003 when she sang at Westminster Cathedral in honour of Pope John Paul II’s silver jubilee. Since 2004, she has released numerous albums that have performed well on British and foreign charts. In both 2005 and 2006, her album received Classic Brit Awards as Album of the Year. She has also been seen widely in concert, including concerts for British troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and has sung at sporting events, on television shows and in support of many charities.

The Saturdays 23rd August – £32 (Tickets on sale)

The Saturdays are an English-Irish gril group based in London, England. The band formed in 2007. The band rose to fame with the release of their debut single “If This is Love”, which gave them their first top-ten hit. They later released their debut studio album Chasing Lights. It was accredited platinum certification by the British Phonographic Industry, while “Up”, “Issues” and “Just Can’t Get Enough” all received silver certifications. To date, the band have released thirteen singles in the United Kingdom; eleven of which have become top-ten hits.

Cabinet of Curiosities at Scarborough Art Galleries

A Cabinet of Curiosities at Scarborough Art Gallery including stuffed birds and festive items will provide a fascinating insight into the Scarborough Collections over the next few months.

The Scarborough Collections is the name given to all the museums objects held by Scarborough Museums Trust on behalf of the Borough. From 10 November until next spring, each month a member of the Trust’s Visitor Services team will choose a variety of objects around a theme of their choice to be displayed in the Gallery’s reception area.

The first Visitor Services Assistant to curate a mini exhibition is Jim Middleton, who will choose items from the Trust’s extensive collection of taxidermy, and has called his cabinet ‘What’s hit is history’: the rise and rise of the Victorian ‘bird stuffers’.

Jim says: “Why are there so few examples of taxidermy from before the 1820s? Why was the 1851 Great Exhibition so important to British taxidermy, and how could a small town like Scarborough support no fewer than five taxidermists in the 1890s?

“With a resurgence of interest in the art of taxidermy, this is an interesting look at the history of ‘bird stuffing’. It aims to explore what caused its growth, the factors contributing to its decline, and the professional naturalists and stuffers of late Victorian Scarborough.”

On 8 December, Jim’s cabinet will be replaced by objects chosen by Visitor Services Assistant Sarah Moore, who will present Christmas at Crescent Villa.

She says: “Scarborough Art Gallery was called ‘Crescent Villa’ when it was originally built as a family home in 1845. For the next 80 years or so, it remained a home for various occupants until it became a maternity hospital in the Second World War. I’ve always thought that Christmas at Crescent Villa would have been particularly special with the grand entrance hall and cosy fireplaces.

“I plan to display festive items and toys that may have been used throughout this 80-year-period – Victorian, Edwardian and later – including a Noah’s Ark scene, tinplate toys and confectionery tins. I hope to create a really festive welcome for visitors to the Gallery!”

'Restore the enchantment of childhood' at Scarborough Art Gallery's 13 Club

Two leading academics will speak at Scarborough Art Gallery later this month on the topic of fossils and folklore – and hope to ‘restore the enchantment of childhood’ for their audience.

Social psychologist Professor Stephen Sayers from Leeds Metropolitan University and paleontologist Dr Paul Taylor from the Natural History Museum will speak at the 13 Club  – a supper club at the Gallery inspired by the Victorian gentlemen’s club of the same name. Attendees can enjoy an informal supper while listening to two fascinating talks inspired by the current exhibition at the Art Gallery, Fears, Foes and Faeries (until 30 September). The 13 Club supper will take place from 7pm (doors open 6pm) on Friday 31 August, and the £15 fee includes supper – wine and soft drinks will also be available.

Stephen Sayers says: “One of my interests is in the psychology of folklore. ‘Folklore’ is shorthand for myths, legends, fairy stories, astrology, superstitions, tarot, runes and so on. My interest is not in debunking it, but in the very opposite: I’m interested in how these things work.

“For almost a year now I’ve been transcribing four volumes journals by William Clarke, the Scarborough naturalist whose collection of charms and amulets form the basis of Fears, Foes and Faeries. I’ll be talking about the collection – I want to know why certain objects were thought to be lucky, or able to protect you, or cure you. Why was this object thought to do it and not another one? I want to know too, what the psychological effects of belief in these amulets are: how does believing in their power change you? In what sense, if any, do they really help you?

“There are real mysteries to be found amongst these things; real mysteries that can be explored and understood and enjoyed. If I can do that, it might restore the enchantment of childhood to some people’s lives.”

Paul Taylor says: “My talk will explore the peculiar myths that developed around fossils in the pre-scientific era, some still believed by modern societies. I will show how most of these myths have their basis in the chance resemblance between these fossils and objects to which they bear no relationship.”

Advance booking is essential for the 13 Club – please call 01723 374753 or 353665.

David Hockney Exhibition 1st August – 24th August, Woodend, The Crescent

The centrepiece of ‘A Festival of Yorkshire – Scarborough’ is an exhibition by the world famous Bradford-born artist David Hockney, hosted by Woodend in association with Goldmark Gallery. The exhibition will include Hockney’s Grimm’s Fairy Tales collection. Hockney began working on etchings for Grimm’s Fairy Tales in the late 60s. He had made some experiemental prints inspired by ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ in 1961 and 1962 and now wanted to make a whole book. He loved the stories and had read all 220 of them over the years. He eventually chose 12 stories but only did engravings for six.

Hockney loved the directness of the language of the Grimm Brothers and the elements of magic in the tales, and his illustrations to each of his chosen six focuss on his imaginative response to descriptions in the text rather than the more usual fashion of concentrating on the most important events in the narrative. For instance, he chose ‘Old Rinkrank’ because it starts with the words ‘A king built a glass mountain’, and he was fascinated by the problem of drawing a glass mountain. In one of the most disturbing stories, “The boy who left home to learn fear”, Hockney interprets the description of the sexton disguised as a ghost standing ‘still as a stone’ as a tall rock surrounded by stones, recalling Magritte’s paintings of ordinary objects mad out of stone.

The exhibition is free and we would urge you to take up this opportunity to  see some of Hockney’s work here in Scarborough.

Summer holiday days out and events in Yorkshire (English Heritage)

We may not have had much of a summer so far, but this summer holidays, English Heritage has a jam packed schedule full of summer fun for all the family.

Time Travellers Go…Royal – Clifford’s Tower
Become a King (or Queen!) for a day at Clifford’s Tower this summer as children get the opportunity to dress up in splendid costumes and hats – even a medieval crown! Step forward and discover medieval etiquette and sit on the throne – Parents bring your camera for this Time Traveller taster event every day during school holidays.

Dracula & Time Travellers Go…Myths and Legends – Whitby Abbey
Bram Stoker’s classic Victorian gothic tale is brought to life with a cast of 4 actors.  Our tale is told as a promenade performance within the ruins of Whitby Abbey, itself the author’s inspiration for the setting of this tale. These performances are suitable for children aged 8 and above, every weekend.  Plus there will be hands on activities throughout the day, every day until August 27, based on King Arthur, St George, Dracula and other myths & legends, with our Time Travellers Go.. Myths & Legends Big Top.

Warrior Weekend – Scarborough Castle
Could you make it as a medieval Knight or noble Lady?  Meet our costumed and armoured trio and discover the life of a Knight.  Junior knights can take part in sword practice and see hand-to-hand sword fighting every weekend until Monday August 27.

The Knight’s Tournament – Richmond Castle
Come and marvel at our Medieval Knights as they take part in the Tournament of Foote. Watch these four brave armoured Knights and their squires, representing the North South East and West as they compete in archery and the fantastic Crest Melee. In between the competitions enjoy a display of poleaxe combat and browse the authentic Living History Encampment. Listen to period music and laugh out loud at our own medieval Jester!

Events
Sundays: 29 July – 30 September (& August Bank Holiday Monday)
Sunday afternoon band concerts
Brodsworth Hall and Gardens

Time Travellers Go…Myths & Legends
Every day from Sat 21 July – Monday 27 August
Whitby Abbey

Dracula
Every weekend from Sat 21 July – Sun 19 August
Whitby Abbey

Warrior Weekend
Every weekend from Sat 21 July – Mon 27 August
Scaborough Castle

Time Traveller Go…Royal
Every day from Sat 21 July – Sun 2 September
Clifford’s Tower

Robin Hood
Sat 28 & Sun 29 July
Conisbrough Castle

The Knight’s Tournament
Sat 4 – Sun 5 Aug
Richmond Castle

The Medieval Year – Lammas
Sat 11 & Sun 12 Aug
Rievaulx Abbey

Medieval Castle Clash
Sat 18 & Sun 19 Aug
Conisbrough Castle

Myths & Legends Weekend
Sat 25 – Mon 27 Aug
Whitby Abbey

The Medieval Year – Michaelmas
Sat 29 & Sun 30 Sep
Rievaulx Abbey

Summer Family Events at the Gallery & Rotunda

Witches & Wizards Academy

24-28 July, 11am-4pm

Drop in throughout the day to swot up on the essential skills to becoming a witch or wizard; from broomstick making, owl care, spell writing to herbology – we’ve got it all covered.

Haus of Faeries

31 July-4 Aug, 11am-4pm

Each of these daily drop in events will have a different faery tale theme from Red Riding Hood to The Iron Man, join in with a daily mix of craft and story telling.

Friday Late: Witchfinder General
31 July-4 Aug, 11am-4pm

Each of these daily drop in events will have a different faery tale theme from Red Riding Hood to The Iron Man, join in with a daily mix of craft and story telling.


Dinosaur Coast Fossil Hunts

Mon 23 July, 2-4pm – Filey Devils   Meet on the Cobble Landing slipway
Tue 24 July, 2-4pm - Plesiosaur Hunt Meet outside the supermarket within Reighton Sands Holiday Park
Wed 25 July, 1-3pm - Boggle Hole Belemnites Meet opposite the Youth Hostel at Boggle Hole
Thur 26 July, 2-4pm - Sandsend Sea Monsters Meet on the slipway to the beach, near the boat yard car park, at Sandsend
Fri 27 July, 3-5pm - Runswick Prey Meet at the bottom of the slipway to Runswick Bay

Big Night Out at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre

A ‘Big Night Out’ featuring a galaxy of stars from The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and The Voice is being brought to Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre this summer.

The line-up includes Amelia Lily and The Risk from The X Factor 2011; Loveable Rogues, The Mend and Scarborough-born Dalek impersonator Martyn Crofts from this year’s Britain’s Got Talent Contest; and Jaz Ellington and Max Milner from The Voice UK 2012.

The show on Saturday 18th August will also feature one of the most recognisable voiceover artists in the UK – Peter Dickson who is the voice of The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.

‘Big Night Out’ tickets go on sale at 9am this Saturday (30 June) at a special early bird reduced rate of £20 tickets bought in July, rising to the full price of £24 in August, with 2,500 tickets for the best seats available locally in Scarborough.

Under-14s who want to buy tickets from the Escape to the Sands offices, must be accompanied by an adult.

Janet Deacon, Area Director for Welcome to Yorkshire which is supporting the Open Air Theatre, said: “it’s fantastic to see some of the most recognisable television talent contestants in the country brought together for his one-off show – we think this caliabre contempory modern acts will appeal to a huge varitey of people, including families who just a few months ago may have sat together to watch these acts on TV.

David Archer, Strategic Director for Scarborough Borough Council, added: “We have been working extremely hard to put on quality acts at the Open Air Theatre this summer which will appeal to a wide audience.

“It was amazing to have an icon like Dionne Warwick perform in the theatre; John Barrowman was a great success; there’ll be a full house for Olly Murs on 15 July; Russell Watson on 4 August is going to be an incredible show; and we’re closing the season on 25 August with JLS who are possibly the biggest boyband in the world right now.

“It’s great we have been able to add even more talented acts to this summer’s line-up from some of the most watched television shows in the last 12 months and who, if past experience is anything to go by, could very well follow in the footsteps of Olly Murs and JLS.”