Our volunteers have worked really hard over Christmas and New Year and all of the period rooms on the upper floor are now open to the public.
We look forward to welcoming visitors old and new to our newly refurbished museum
PLEASE NOTE - Doors will be open from 1 - 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, our new winter opening hours for November to March
From April to October we will be open from 2 - 5pm.
Meanwhile 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.
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)
Watch this space for the date of our next volunteers' meeting when you can come along for a cuppa and meet up with other volunteers and see what is going on.
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 47 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 extra work needed on the roof means we 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 8th April 2017 to 9th April 2017
Our volunteers will be baking white bread in our Victorian kitchen. Oh, that heavenly smell! Come and see, taste and buy some for tea perhaps?
Until 23rd April 2017
This exhibition staged by the Huddersfield & District Family History Society looks at the families who built and lived in the rows of handloom weavers’ cottages such as those at Spring Rock, Cliffe Ash, where the museum is housed, and also offers the opportunity for people to explore their own family roots.