A FASCINATING glimpse into the historic past of shopping and trade in Malton and Norton is on offer at a new exhibition.

Terrific Trades is a joint venture between Malton Museum and the Woodhams-Stone Collection and features displays on the business and commerce of the past including brewing and haberdashery and fascinating glimpses into shopping in the towns.

Sarah Maultby from the Woodhams-Stone Collection who worked alongside volunteers from Malton Museum in this second joint museum said:

'It has been really interesting working on the exhibition as part of my role with The Woodhams-Stone Collection cataloguing thousands of items which all originate from Malton and Norton.

She added: "It is great to see some more items from the collection come out of storage into public display and I am sure that people will find the exhibition interesting. It is a fascinating glimpse into Malton and Norton as they used to be and we have some lovely examples of materials from the sort of businesses that used to trade here."

Margaret Shaw, from Malton Museum, said the display would be combined with a series of workshops over the summer holidays featuring local trades and skills such as making lemonade, pottery and sewing.

"We are really pleased with the reception the exhibitions have received and the number of visitors since we opened," she added.

The exhibition is held at the ParishRooms, Yorkersgate, Malton and is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

Entry is free, but donations are welcome towards the running costs of future exhibitions and activities.

Terrific Trades workshops

• Thursday, July 31- Lynn Murrell, Malton Sewing Bee, “The Farmers in his Den” Create a fabric collage picture with a decorative take on farming in Ryedale

• Thursday, August 7 - Alison Williams, “Burning the midnight oil” Pottery making a a simple oil lamp.

• Thursday, August 14 - Sarah Maultby & Michelle Petyt, “Making it fizz!” Making and tasting drinks from the past inspired by the history of Malton’s non-alcoholic drinks business.

• Friday, August 22 - Keith Matthews, “Shield walls and how to get round them" - Battle tactics from Romans to the Normans

• Friday, August 29 - Rachel Matthews, “Twisting Threads” creating decorative cords, braids and plaits.

Workshops are free and run between 10am and 4pm. For more information and to book phone 01653 697845.