We're sorry the museum is temporarily closed for building work as part of our Sustaining the Dream project. However, we shall be attending many other events - see below 'COLNE VALLEY MUSEUM ON TOUR'
We are holding an OPEN DAY on Saturday May 14th - Golcar Lily Day - when most of the museum building will be open for visitors to have a look at our new Exhibition Gallery and the new period bedroom. Our Spring Rock Tea Rooms will be open too from 10 am - 4pm so come and see us!
Step through the door of our traditional weavers' cottages and you'll be transported back to the early 1850's.
Wander through Colne Valley Museum's period living room and wash kitchen to admire the Yorkshire range, flagstone floor and rag rugs.
Visit the Loom Chamber, Spinning and Cropping rooms to delve into textile history, and venture into the clog-maker's workshop with its full range of period tools.
There's always something new to see in our Exhibition Room and often spinning, weaving and clog-making demonstrations.
A Children's Activity Corner is usually tucked away in the Exhibition Room of the museum, with a variety of activities and traditional toys to occupy younger children.
There might be some supervised activities such as painting, paper-modelling, or story-telling, or children can help themselves to a book to read.
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 next lunch meeting of volunteer members is on Saturday May 21st at 12.30 at The Golcar Lily.
Please let Lesley know if you are coming to book your place and main course. www.golcarlily.co.uk
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:
Sunday June 26th Rotarians Charity Fair, Huddersfield Open Market
Saturday July 2nd Meltham Memories 1940s weekend
Saturday July 30th Woolley Horse Show
Saturday July 30th Upper Hopton Summer Gala
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.)
Although we are only able to operate on 2 floors of our museum we are opening our doors on Golcar Lily Day (Saturday May 14th) to let visitors see what has been achieved so far.
We would also welcome any feedback on our 'new look' museum to see if we are achieving the aims of the project, so do come along and tell us what you think.
Our Bread Team will be busy in their new kitchen baking the famous Golcar Lily Loaf, and our Spring Rock Tea Rooms will be fully operational - home made cakes, scones and savouries will be available from 10am.
Events at the museum
From 1st August 2016 to 1st October 2016
We aim to have a great exhibition programme ready for our re-opening in 2016.
Watch this space!