About Us

Thirsk Museum

All the items shown on this web site come from Thirsk Museum, located in the market town of Thirsk in North Yorkshire. Some exhibits 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, the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. The site was developed as part of Home Front Recall, a nationwide project to preserve and share memories of life on the Home Front during the war. We continue to seek additions to our archive and would be grateful for the donation of more WWII 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 services:

  • We offer advice on the identification and dating of objects.
  • We have access to regional record offices and reference libraries for historical research.
  • We are home to the Thirsk & District Museum Society, which organises a popular series of talks in the spring and autumn months.

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