The Woodhams-Stone Collection Trust was formed in 2011 to secure the future of two very significant local history collections for the communities of Malton and Norton-on-Derwent.
Mr Sid Woodhams has spent over 60 years collecting objects relating to local businesses and trades, including items relating to the once familiar Russell’s Brewery and the Co-operative Society, and tools from trades such as joinery, coopering and butchery. There are also a large number of old household items from kitchen equipment to bed warmers! It is a comprehensive collection representing many aspects of life in and around these two towns.
Mr John Stone has collected hundreds of postcards and photographs showing the streets and landmarks of Malton, Old Malton and Norton and surrounding villages, from around 1900 to the present day. Together with his large paper-based archive relating to local businesses, public notices, and advertisements for entertainment including dances, sporting events and concerts, his collection is a valuable source for tracing the history of Norton, Malton and the local area.
Sid and John very generously agreed to gift their collections to the towns of Malton and Norton with the express wish that they should be displayed to the public in the towns where they originated. The committee secured support from the DEFRA-led LEADER programme and Ryedale District Council to complete a collections assessment. This led to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a two year project called ‘Two Collections, Two Towns’. The project included cataloguing the Collection, recording oral histories from the two collectors, recruiting volunteers and raising the profile of the Collection through small scale exhibitions and events.
Charitable Objects and Trustees
The Woodhams Stone Collection is governed by a Board of Trustees. You can see the names of the current trustees on the Trustees page of the Charity Commissioners website
Our Charitable Objects are: 'The advancement of education of the public in particular but not exclusively by the establishment of a museum housing the Woodhams Stone Collection for the benefit of the inhabitants of Malton and Norton Yorkshire and the general public.'
Sid and John Introduce the Collection
In their own words, Sid Woodhams and John Stone tell us how it all started. Artefacts from local businesses, printed matter associated with businesses and social events in Malton, Norton and Old Malton with the focus on the period 1900 - 1960 - but you might find some items are older than that!
Transforming the Old Bookmakers
The Malton & Norton Heritage Centre in Norton is home to the Woodhams Stone Collection. A lot of work was carried out to transform the building from the previous bookmaker’s shop into what it is today and the setting up of the ‘Shop’ Exhibition was carried out by a small team of volunteers. We finally opened the doors to the public on Saturday 14th March 2020, the intention being to open for 7 days; sadly this was cut short after only 3 days by the covid 19 epidemic. Work continues behind the scenes cataloguing and organising this vast Collection.
Contact us by email
Reg'd Charity No: 1177312
Malton & Norton Heritage Centre
3 Commercial Street
Norton YO17 9HX
Our opening hours are:
Regrettably we are currently operating an 'appointments only policy' to ensure the safety of staff and visitors. Please contact us via the email link above to arrange an appointment.
The Woodhams Stone Collection is entirely run by volunteers and is housed in the Malton & Norton Heritage Centre. A donation however small would help towards our running costs and the purchase of archive quality materials required to store and preserve the Collection for future generations. If you should decide to donate via the PayPal button neither you nor Woodhams Stone Collection will be charged a fee for this donation.
At the end of the transaction you will be asked if you wish the payment to be made as part of the GiftAid scheme. If you are a UK taxpayer and able to do this it means that Woodhams Stone Collection can benefit by an additional 25% of your donation.
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.