Rievaulx Reviewed - Celebrating 100 years of care

Date

Fri 16 Jun - Sun 18 Feb 2018 

Time

10am–6pm

Location

Rievaulx Abbey 

Suitable For

Everyone

A black and white photo of abbey ruins.

2017 marks 100 years since Rievaulx Abbey was taken in to the care of the state.

Discover the most recent century of the abbey through a showcase of never before seen imagery and artefacts. Explore the transfer of the site into guardianship, the people, the process, the change - and how this set the pattern for the public care of monuments.

For 300 years after the abbey's suppression the walls of Rievaulx Abbey slowly became overtaken by nature, the monastic buildings disappearing beneath piles of soil and rubble. 

In the summer of 1917, the abbey passed into the care of the state.  Rievaulx became a test bed for new conservation techniques and a new philosophy; a monument for public understanding and appreciation.

Enjoy a unique exhibition of photographs and documents, some never seen before. Charting Rievaulx Abbey's journey from the 1870s to the 1930s, the exhibition displays remarkable archive images of late 19th and early 20th century photographs - photographs of ruins hidden under blankets of ivy and scrub and people caught on camera.

Victorian tastes favoured a romantic ruin and the invention of the Stereoscope in the mid 1800s (a binocular apparatus to view slides, called stereograms) proved popular with tourists to achieve 3D effects.  

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to use a stereoscope and view slides of old images. Courtesy of the London Stereoscope Company, co-owned by Dr Brian May of Queen, these modern day stereoscopes provide a brief step back in time to view Rievaulx as seen by the Victorians.

Read more about how Rievaulx Abbey came into our care here.

Prices

Type Price
English Heritage members Free
Adult £8.50
Child, 5-15 years £5.10
Concession £7.70
Family £22.10

Price Notes

Corporate members can now enjoy free entry to our site on event days. To see if your membership includes this benefit, please call English Heritage customer services on 0370 333 1181.

How to book

Tickets will be available to purchase at the event site on the day. Ticket price includes entry to Rievaulx Abbey.

How to find us

Property
Address
Rievaulx, Nr Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5LB
Location
North Yorkshire, Yorkshire and the Humber

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