At last! We look forward to welcoming visitors to our newly refurbished museum Saturdays and Sundays. Doors will be open from 2 - 5pm each day, although we may open earlier for special event weekends.
We would like to thank our loyal supporters for their concerns and patience at our delayed opening.
Meantime we are taking bookings for schools and group visits from NOVEMBER 2016 onwards.
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, currently hosting "Tony Haigh's West Riding" - the watercolours of the late Tony Haigh, and there are often demonstrations in our Victorian kitchen and newly created period bedroom.
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)
COLNE VALLEY MUSEUM ON TOUR!
The Museum still intends to 'pop up' in all sorts of places to enable the public to keep abreast of what is happening with the project and we hope to see you at various fairs and events we have booked over the following months:
Saturday November12th Huddersfield & District Family History Fair Cathedral House, St. Thomas Road, Huddersfield.www.hdfhs.org.uk
Friday November 25th Golcar Christmas Lights Switch On Golcar Scout & Community Centre.
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 29th October 2016 to 30th October 2016
Traditional parkin bake in our 'new' Victorian kitchen.
Buy some for tea (or Plot Neet) or enjoy a slice in our Tea room with a cuppa.
Open from 12 - 4pm each day.
Until 20th November 2016
The late Tony Haigh, a well known water colour artist, was a long time supporter of Colne Valley Museum and we are very pleased and proud to present an exhibition of his paintings, most of which will be for sale, with a percentage of the profits going to the Museum.