The Museum is now closed for Christmas and will re-open on January 14th at 1pm with our new exhibition The Havercake Lads.
We hope to have at least some of the rooms on the upper floor open to the public and our volunteers will be working hard over the holidays to try and make this happen.
We look forward to welcoming visitors to our newly refurbished museum on Saturdays and Sundays. Doors will be open from 1 - 4pm each day, our new winter opening hours.
We would like to thank our loyal supporters for their patience at our delayed opening and wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful New Year .
Meantime we are now taking bookings for schools and group visits in 2017.
Step through the door of our traditional weavers' cottages and you'll be transported back into the early 1850s.
Wander through Colne Valley Museum's period living room and wash kitchen to admire the Yorkshire range, flagstone floor and rag rugs.
The Museum Collection
Once we are fully open our Collections will be available for research purposes. Please contact the Museum so that access can be arranged.
We are so proud of our new Exhibition Gallery the newly created period bedroom. We will still be holding demonstrations in our Victorian kitchen.
Unfortunately the Loom Chamber, Spinning and Clog shop are unavailable to visitors at the moment but our volunteers are working hard to get them ready for 2017- watch this space!
Our new Children's Activity Corner can be found in the small gallery adjacent to the tea room, with a variety of activities and traditional toys.
There might be some supervised activities such as painting, paper-modelling, or story-telling, or children can help themselves to a book to read or a game to play.
There is also a 'selfie' opportunity to dress up in Victorian clothes!
Museum Members & Volunteers
The museum is run entirely by volunteers--without them we would cease to exist.
If you are interested in playing a part in keeping the museum going--either by sharing your skills or learning new ones, then do consider joining us. (Click on Membership--Volunteer members)
The members are getting together for Mince Pies and Merriment on Saturday Dec 10th at 7pm at the museum.
Please let Lesley Crawshaw or Margaret Woodcock if you are coming.
Heritage Lottery Grant
WE DID IT!
We are over the moon at securing a £719,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for our "Sustaining the Dream" project!
Our dedicated team of volunteers have kept the museum running for almost 45 years now and it has always been our dream to have the whole row of Spring Rock back under single ownership and to create an entire weaver's cottage complete with living kitchen, wash cellar, bedroom and loom chamber.
A new meeting room is also planned for the use of local groups, as well as better facilities for our visitors and schools.
We aim to create a Community Heritage Resource Centre, which will give greater access to the museum's collection, especially for those tracing their family history, and many of our documents and photographs will be digitised.
One of the conditions of the grant is that we raise 5% of the funding ourselves - £36,000
We have made a good start but still need to find more, so we have set up an on-line donation opportunity at:
We know that our museum is valued by our visitors and if you feel able to make a contribution you can do so either on-line or by old fashioned cheques (payable to Colne Valley Museum, addressed to The Treasurer, Colne Valley Museum, Cliffe Ash, Golcar, Huddersfield. HD7 4PY.)
Events at the museum
From 14th January 2017 to 15th January 2017
Come in out of the cold to see brown bread being made in our Victorian kitchen. And maybe take some home for tea?
From 14th January 2017 to 26th February 2017
The Havercake Lads—Life in Wellington’s Army from 1812-1816
The exhibition will depict the lifestyle of a soldier of His Majesty’s 33rd of Foot Regiment.
As well as close ups of the stunning uniforms visitors will be able to examine the contents of a soldier’s pack and discover the various weapons used at that time.