The Stewart Museum

The Stewart Museum is primarily dedicated to the travels of Major Percy Stewart and the eight World Tours he undertook between 1906 and 1926.

Often accompanied by his wife Katharine, Percy visited every continent, explored remote regions and collected a remarkable range of cultural and religious exhibits. Several of these have been recognised by UNESCO as of national and international importance.

The Stewart Collection is now housed in state-of-the-art display cases in the museum with a number of interactive stations.

In 2012, Yorkshire Museums selected 100 objects from around the region for their “Precious Cargo”project, an exploration in depth of the exhibits in Yorkshire Museums that celebrate world cultures, and five artefacts from the Stewart Museum were featured.

These were a Maori feather cloak made from Kiwi feathers and given to the Major by a Maori Chief, the diary of Herbert Stewart, Percy’s brother, who was tutor to the Tsar’s nephews at the time of the Russian Revolution, a ceremonial facemask from what is now Papua New Guinea; a decorative snuff bottle from China with incredible artwork painted inside the bottle, and a carved wooden figure of a man from the Solomon Islands, collected by the Major en route from Singapore to Sidney in the early 1900s.

In 2014, the “Mr Stewart and the Romanovs” project received some international and academic attention, following research completed in relation to Herbert Stewart’s life in imperial Russia, and this was followed in 2015 by “The Adventurous Stewarts” project, which raised the profile of several of Percy Stewart’s siblings who each travelled the world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Upcoming events

Halloween

Start date: October 23, 2021

End date: October 31, 2021

Time: 1000 - 1600

Join us for spooky fun in the Gardens for Halloween. We have spooky characters in the Gardens all week and, on Wednesday 27th October, join us for the Rusticus Wizarding Adventure from 11.00 in the Gardens.

Rusticus Wizarding Adventure!

Date: October 27, 2021

Time: 1100 - 1500

Come on a journey into the secret places of Burnby Hall Gardens to find where the wild wizards dwell! Be ready for anything as you get caught up in an exciting adventure to help save the mortal world this Halloween! […]

Magical Springtime

Date: April 18, 2022

Time: 1100 - 1530

Join Rusticus Arts for a springtime celebration. Further details to be announced in early 2022.

Shepherd Group Band

Date: April 24, 2022

Time: 1400 - 1600