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About the Social History Collection

There are approximately 7000 objects in the Social History collection. The date range of the objects is from around 1880 to 1960.

There is a good selection of cooking items, household heating, cleaning and laundry. There are also tools for certain trades, like joinery, butchery and coopering. Gardening, farming hand tools and animal husbandry are well represented. Sewing and needlecraft items and some clothing have been collected. There are also items relating to specific local businesses, these include Russell’s and Roses’s breweries, some of the tailor’s shops, chemists, seed merchants, grocers etc.

A selection of the Social History collection is shown here. The full collection is available to view by appointment.


Sport
  •  Malton Cricket Club WS ref: MALWS.2018.1298

    Malton Cricket Club WS ref: MALWS.2018.1298

  •  Malton AFC 1925-26 WS ref:  MALWS.2018.1078

    Malton AFC 1925-26 WS ref: MALWS.2018.1078

  •  Malton Town Hockey Club 1913-14 Photograph taken by Harry Edwards. WS ref: MALWS.2018.1933

    Malton Town Hockey Club 1913-14 Photograph taken by Harry Edwards. WS ref: MALWS.2018.1933

  •  Malton Mystery Cricket Photograph taken by Randolph Smith 
 WS ref: MALWS.2018.1077

    Malton Mystery Cricket Photograph taken by Randolph Smith WS ref: MALWS.2018.1077

  •  Shancrotha AFC 1905-6. Photographed by Randolph E Smith. WS ref:  MALWS.2018.1950

    Shancrotha AFC 1905-6. Photographed by Randolph E Smith. WS ref: MALWS.2018.1950

  •  St Peter's Football 1921-22 Photograph taken by Harry Edwards 
WS ref: MALWS.2017.586

    St Peter's Football 1921-22 Photograph taken by Harry Edwards WS ref: MALWS.2017.586

Schools
  •  Bower Memorial School - Certificate of Attendance. The Bower Memorial National School opened in 1873. It was dedicated to the memory of Robert Bower of Welham. It had three rooms, boys, girls and infants with room for 600. At the end of 1907 it became the Norton Council School WS ref: MALWS.2016.1553

    Bower Memorial School - Certificate of Attendance. The Bower Memorial National School opened in 1873. It was dedicated to the memory of Robert Bower of Welham. It had three rooms, boys, girls and infants with room for 600. At the end of 1907 it became the Norton Council School WS ref: MALWS.2016.1553

  •  Greengate School, Malton. This was originally a Wesleyan School with origins in Saville street. The school became a general primary school in the early 1900s. WS ref: MALWS.2018.1843

    Greengate School, Malton. This was originally a Wesleyan School with origins in Saville street. The school became a general primary school in the early 1900s. WS ref: MALWS.2018.1843

  •  Malton Grammar School. Archbishop Holgate of York founded this school in 1547! Originally it was in Old Malton before moving over 350 years later in 1911 to the Middlecave area of Malton. Educational re-organisation saw it merge with the County Modern school in 1971. WS ref: MALWS.2018.803

    Malton Grammar School. Archbishop Holgate of York founded this school in 1547! Originally it was in Old Malton before moving over 350 years later in 1911 to the Middlecave area of Malton. Educational re-organisation saw it merge with the County Modern school in 1971. WS ref: MALWS.2018.803

  •  Programme Marking the Opening of New Buildings We have the programme for the opening of the new buildings in September 1959 WS ref: MALWS.2015.1507

    Programme Marking the Opening of New Buildings We have the programme for the opening of the new buildings in September 1959 WS ref: MALWS.2015.1507

  •  Malton Wesleyan Day School - Christmas Card.James Sadler was a schoolmaster at the Wesleyan school. He can be traced through the censuses 1881 to 1911. He is described in the 1911 Census as 'Head Teacher' His father, also James, was master of the Uppleby Workhouse - see 1871 Census. WS ref: MALWS.2016.1558

    Malton Wesleyan Day School - Christmas Card.James Sadler was a schoolmaster at the Wesleyan school. He can be traced through the censuses 1881 to 1911. He is described in the 1911 Census as 'Head Teacher' His father, also James, was master of the Uppleby Workhouse - see 1871 Census. WS ref: MALWS.2016.1558

  •  St. Michael's School Hockey Team This was a private girls school on The Mount in Malton. It later became The Mount Hotel. WS ref:  MALWS.2018.804

    St. Michael's School Hockey Team This was a private girls school on The Mount in Malton. It later became The Mount Hotel. WS ref: MALWS.2018.804

Amateur Entertainment
  •  Checkers - Norton Bethel Methodist Church - 1933/34?. Possible L to R: Reg Matthew, Vera Redpath, Cyril Matthew, ?, Ron Humble, Ivy Jefferson, Fred Dennis, Mary Plummer, Mary Arnott, Bill Arnott WS ref: MALWS.2017.716.4

    Checkers - Norton Bethel Methodist Church - 1933/34?. Possible L to R: Reg Matthew, Vera Redpath, Cyril Matthew, ?, Ron Humble, Ivy Jefferson, Fred Dennis, Mary Plummer, Mary Arnott, Bill Arnott WS ref: MALWS.2017.716.4

  •  Trinity Male Voice Choir - 1940s.L to R: Jim Thorpe, Walter Dobson, NJ Anderson, Claude Kirby, Lilian Anderson, ? Smith, Gordon Smith, Fred Spink, Jack Jefferson, Sid Dennis, ? Redpath, Carrie Anderson, ? Hawes WS ref: MALWS.2017.603

    Trinity Male Voice Choir - 1940s.L to R: Jim Thorpe, Walter Dobson, NJ Anderson, Claude Kirby, Lilian Anderson, ? Smith, Gordon Smith, Fred Spink, Jack Jefferson, Sid Dennis, ? Redpath, Carrie Anderson, ? Hawes WS ref: MALWS.2017.603

  •  Robinson Crusoe Pantomime. These young ladies appeared in a Malton pantomime and from L to R are: Vivian Warwick, Jane Cass, Angela Stolting, Pam Hildreth and Sally Brewster WS ref: MALWS.2018.1061.1

    Robinson Crusoe Pantomime. These young ladies appeared in a Malton pantomime and from L to R are: Vivian Warwick, Jane Cass, Angela Stolting, Pam Hildreth and Sally Brewster WS ref: MALWS.2018.1061.1

Grooming and Accessories
  •  Hair Accessories. Women of the late Victorian period washed their hair with soap thus removing natural oils which were replaced with vegetable oil and grease! In 1890 Marcel Grateau invented the curling iron leading to trends in styling.

    Hair Accessories. Women of the late Victorian period washed their hair with soap thus removing natural oils which were replaced with vegetable oil and grease! In 1890 Marcel Grateau invented the curling iron leading to trends in styling.

  •  Shaving. Our collection includes everything an Edwardian gentleman would need. A cut-throat razor with strop for keeping it sharp. A shaving brush and soap stick. We also have an early safety razor in a case with space for razor blades!

    Shaving. Our collection includes everything an Edwardian gentleman would need. A cut-throat razor with strop for keeping it sharp. A shaving brush and soap stick. We also have an early safety razor in a case with space for razor blades!

  •  Victorian and Edwardian times brought enormous changes. The quest for knowledge and compulsory education encouraged reading. A deeper understanding of the eye helped improve the general standard of the public's eyesight - usually through the prescription of spectacles.

    Victorian and Edwardian times brought enormous changes. The quest for knowledge and compulsory education encouraged reading. A deeper understanding of the eye helped improve the general standard of the public's eyesight - usually through the prescription of spectacles.

  •  Smoking Accdessories. Now, less acceptable, smoking was part of everyday life for many over the centuries. From pipes to cigarette cases, there have been many items produced specifically for the consumption of tobacco. Some of these items are highly personal and tell fascinating individual stories.

    Smoking Accdessories. Now, less acceptable, smoking was part of everyday life for many over the centuries. From pipes to cigarette cases, there have been many items produced specifically for the consumption of tobacco. Some of these items are highly personal and tell fascinating individual stories.

Domestic
  •  Butter Making Equipment Traditionally butter making was carried out by small scale producers. Items in the Woodhams Stone Collection represent the whole process from setting dishes, used to separate the cream from the milk, to carved moulds and stamps, often used to decorate the butter ready for market.

    Butter Making Equipment Traditionally butter making was carried out by small scale producers. Items in the Woodhams Stone Collection represent the whole process from setting dishes, used to separate the cream from the milk, to carved moulds and stamps, often used to decorate the butter ready for market.

  •  Butchery Items. The history of butchery, slaughter and the preparation of meat, dates back many centuries to the rise of towns and the need to feed a growing urban population. An important trade in Malton and Norton, the Woodhams Stone Collection has a a wide variety of items associated with this skilled occupation.

    Butchery Items. The history of butchery, slaughter and the preparation of meat, dates back many centuries to the rise of towns and the need to feed a growing urban population. An important trade in Malton and Norton, the Woodhams Stone Collection has a a wide variety of items associated with this skilled occupation.

  •  Enamel Kitchenware. Until late-Victorian times cooking was generally in earthenware pots or cast iron pans. Processes for covering metal with enamel were developed and in later times such utensils became affordable. Our examples are probably 20th century.

    Enamel Kitchenware. Until late-Victorian times cooking was generally in earthenware pots or cast iron pans. Processes for covering metal with enamel were developed and in later times such utensils became affordable. Our examples are probably 20th century.


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Malton & Norton Memories

This group is for those who are interested in life as it used to be in the twin towns of Malton and Norton. It is chiefly a showcase for photos and items from the Woodhams-Stone Collection but you are welcome to post any comments, memories or photos you may have to share.

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