Brass rubbing trail opens at Richmondshire Museum

Richmond Rotarians with Zoe Johnson outside Richmondshire Museum.

A new brass rubbing discovery trail has been opened at Richmondshire Museum thanks to Richmond Rotary Club.

It is designed to encourage young people to explore the museum’s various galleries in an enjoyable and educational way.

The original brass rubbings were donated to the museum by volunteer Arnold Robson whose wife was an ardent brass rubber.

Richmond Rotary Club provided bespoke metal rubbing and Ian Armstrong, a local Rotarian, mounted them on English oak plinths for display both in and outside the museum.

Museum officer Zoe Johnson thanked Richmond Rotary for their help.

She said: “Richmondshire Museum holds a vast and exciting variety of local history items which we love to share with families.

“At a time when people are feeling the pinch financially, we are delighted to welcome children free of charge and a family season ticket costs just £8.

“The new Brass Rubbing Trail enhances our provision and is a great way to get children to learn without them knowing they are doing so.”

A selection of the brass rubbings.

Richmond Rotary president Jos Huddleston said: “Richmond Rotary has supported Richmondshire Museum regularly over the years but this project is especially important.

“During my year as president I have tried to develop the themes of inclusion and local involvement.

“This trail covers both and really fits the bill by reaching out to families and young people.

“As a former head teacher I know how important it is to engage children in new and stimulating activities. We wish the museum well and hope that the trail is a great success.”