Museum at 50

2023: Museum at 50. The golden anniversary of the museum being at home at the heart of Richmond.


The museum first opened its doors in 1973. Ever since, we’ve been caring for one of the finest collections of its type in the country, and welcoming visitors to this very special place.

what’s being done to mark the museum’s 50th anniversary?

In 2023 we’ve launched a three year project to deliver a programme of enhancements to one of the museum’s much loved spaces, The Normanby Room.

2023: fundraising | 2024: fundraising and enhancement works | 2025: completion and special exhibition

Prior to the museum’s last major refurbishment in 2014, The Normanby Room was off-limits to visitors. Now an enchanting display gallery and event venue, the room exudes its own very special appeal. It’s filled with glistening silver, art and our extensive collection of Mousey Thompson furniture, purchased by the Officers’ and Sergeants’ Messes during the inter-war years, and in use ever since.

We’re trying to raise almost £40,000 to implement our plans for The Normanby Room, which include:
• restoration of the Mouseman furniture
• repair and refurbishment of the leaded glazing
• structural and masonry repairs, with associated redecoration
• replacement flooring
• improved museum-standard lighting scheme
• additional artwork installation
• additional object interpretation
• modern AV provision



Festive Teas. Enjoy a seasonal afternoon tea in the stunning surroundings of the room we’re fundraising for! Sittings in December. More details…

The Normanby Chase. A special range of shades, prints and cushions available in the museum shop. Featuring the beauty of the Yorkshire landscape and a circular race through nature, Normanby Chase the range has been specially designed for our anniversary year. Buy a Normanby Chase item for your home and support the museum at the same time. More details…

We are Golden. A FREE exhibition in the museum entrance charting the story of the museum and its collection over the past 50 years, and its place at the heart of the Richmond community. More details…

Grand Draw. Tickets £5. This event ran to 15 November 2023. More details…


You can donate to the museum here or by BACS: The Green Howards Trust 16-19-26 19902560.

If you would like to run a fundraiser to help us reach our goal please get in touch: [email protected]