Malton Museum has opened its doors for the season with additional projects on display.

New additions include a selection of oral histories andae resource area which houses a selection of unpublished and early books.

The museum's development officer Claire Sawdon, said: "It has been a busy few months at the museum preparing for this season.

"Our volunteers have also been working to develop the content of the town tour which has had us hunting for facts and delving into the past. However, we need active, engaging volunteer guides to make history come to life."

The oral history project was part of ‘Memories of Malton’ project in which volunteers encouraged visitors and the local community to share their stories.

Volunteers worked within Malton Library, with Racing Welfare and members Slingsby Local History Group to capture a variety of memories.

Maurag Carmicheal, a volunteer who has worked on the project said: "It has been a great experience listening to people’s fascinating stories. One of my favourites was hearing about the local company which was given the secret recipe to make Coca Cola during the war."

Hannah Thomson, a student from the University of York, has used memories to create a digital publication which can be seen on the museum website.

She said: "Collecting the memories from the labels, talking to people and listening to the recordings was so insightful. There was so much I didn’t know about Malton, from the humorous ‘loose bullocks running through a shop window’ to key events and stories of shops and people from times gone by. Working on the publication was a great way to pull them all together."

Volunteers at the museum have also been involved is the resurrection of the Museum’s collection of books, which have been in store since the museum left their previous premises in 2012.

This winter, volunteers began to catalogue and move books into the museum, creating a small, bookable community resource area. The books reflect a variety of interests from local history to specific topics such as Crambeck Pottery and coins. Many of the books are not in public circulation, often unpublished.

The resource area is available to book by appointment only. The oral histories and publication can be enjoyed within the museum. The project is ongoing so anyone who can contribute a memory should contact the museum.

The museum opened on the March 31, and is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10am – 4pm, entry is free.

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