We are very disappointed that the museum will remain closed for the Heritage Open Days weekend (September 10th - 11th). We had hoped to be fully operational by then but unfortunately further roof work is need before our museum can be open to the public. Please continue to check this website for updates.
We shall be attending many other events - see below 'COLNE VALLEY MUSEUM ON TOUR'
We would like to thank our loyal supporters for their concerns and patience at our delayed opening - watch this space!
Meantime we are taking bookings for schools and group visits from October onwards.
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)
We are holding a Volunteer Recruitment Day on Sunday September 18th from 2.30pm at the museum Come and have a cuppa and see what we do!
The next Volunteers pub lunch is on Saturday September 17th 12.30pm at the Scape House Scapegoat Hill.
Please let Lesley know if you are coming.
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 September 10th Penistone Show
Saturday October 22nd Lace Fair, Pudsey
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 1st October 2016 to 2nd October 2016
Traditional crafts demonstrated throughout the weekend from 12 - 5pm including bread making, spinning, weaving, patchwork, rag rugging and more. Children's activities.
From 1st October 2016 to 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.