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

Photographic Competition 2018

Start date: July 1, 2017

End date: June 29, 2018

Throughout the year, we actively encourage our Visitors to take photographs that can be submitted for our annual photography competition. 2018 will be our third year of running this really popular event, and we really enjoy looking at all the […]

York Railway Institute Band

Date: July 1, 2018

Time: 14:00

Location: Burnby Hall Gardens

York Railway Institute Band at Burnby Hall Gardens.

Sense and Sensibility – Chapterhouse Theatre

Date: July 6, 2018

Time: 19:30

Location: Burnby Hall Gardens

Adapted by award-winning writer Laura Turner, this exquisite and lively tale follows the sisters as they fall in love, make mistakes and experience heartbreak for the first time in their quest to find a balance between sense and sensibility.   […]

Humberside Police Band

Date: July 15, 2018

Time: 14:00

Location: Burnby Hall Gardens

Humberside Police Band. Sponsored by Pocklington Town Council