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

Thanks for the Memories

Date: August 7, 2021

Time: 1800 - 2130

Come along and join the Rotary Club of Pocklington for an evening with the Chris White Jazz Trio here in the Gardens. Buffet at 7pm. See poster for full details. Tickets cost £20 (which includes the buffet and glass of […]

Elland Silver Band

Date: August 8, 2021

Time: 1400 - 1600

Time Travellers!

Date: August 11, 2021

Time: 1100 - 1530

Have fun travelling through space and time with Rusticus Arts on this epic adventure featuring characters from the past, present and future who all have their own ideas about what makes Burnby Hall Gardens so special! Get stuck in with […]

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Date: August 13, 2021

Time: 1830 - 2130

Take a trip down the rabbit hole this summer as Chapterhouse Theatre Company present this brand new production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Join Alice as she stumbles into the magical world of wonderland and meet a whole host of […]