A NEW woman has taken the reins at one of the key attractions on the North York Moors.

Jennifer Smith has been appointed as director of the Ryedale Folk Museum at Hutton-le-Hole.

She joins the museum from the North York Moors National Park and having previously worked in the museum sector, brings a wealth of experience in volunteer management, interpretation and visitor engagement.

Board chair Tony Clark said: “We are delighted to welcome Jennifer to our wonderful museum. She takes over at an exciting time and brings to the post the necessary skills and enthusiasm to the lead team.

“We’ve recently won the small visitor attraction of the year award and I am sure this is the start of a fantastic time for the museum.”

Ms Smith said: “I am thrilled and proud to be given this great opportunity. After seven years working in the area it is lovely to be able to continue working with and for the local community. I am passionate about museums and the Ryedale Folk Museum is a very special place.”

*The Ryedale Folk Museum will celebrate its 50th birthday next year and preparations to mark its half century are already underway with a programme of special events planned.