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.