History will come to life  at the North Yorkshire County Record Offfice in Northallerton next week.

As part of the nationwide Museums at Night event, North Yorkshire County Council will be opening the doors of the Record Office from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Thursday 16 May for a light-hearted, interactive evening in which members of the public will be able to explore behind the scenes in the archives.

Highlights include:

Romance: Meridith Towne, costume historian, who will be giving a lively presentation, ‘Romance in the Raj’ a journey of Edwardian and twenties fashion, through the eyes of a young lady on the hunt for a husband in India.

Riches: ‘Viscount Fairfax and his housemaid’ are visiting the archives to show the original receipts and vouchers detailing the lavish expense required to maintain Fairfax House in York, the finest Georgian town house in England.

Rags: Ripon Museums Trust is sending ‘Matron and inmates’ to open a workhouse for the evening, signing you into the admissions register and taking you through the rules and regulations inmates had to abide by.

Other histories will be brought to life throughout the building using records from the collections, providing something for all ages. The event is free and refreshments will be provided. Car parking is available in the doctor’s surgery next door.

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