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.


Part of a spinning wheel


A warp on the warping frame

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.

Children's Corner

Children's Corner

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.

Museum 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 next Volunteers meetings will be a pub lunch on Wednesday June 24th at 1 pm at The Scapehouse.
Also Saturday July 18th at 1 pm at The Golcar Lily

Please let us know if you are coming as we shall have to book.
Come and join us and find out how you can help in the next few exciting months of our Heritage Lottery project!!


Our doors will close temporarily on Sunday May 10th for extensive building work to commence for our Heritage Lottery project. We expect this will take about 5 - 6 months.
However, we will not disappear entirely!

The Museum 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 summer months.

Our next events are the Meltham Memories 1940s weekend on Saturday July 4th and also at the Emergency Services Gala at Birkenshaw on Saturday July 11th and at Woolley Horse Show on Saturday July 25th.

See you there!

Heritage Lottery Grant

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.)


The Grand Draw was carried out at 4pm on Golcar Lily Day - Saturday May 9th - and raised £1326 towards our HLF project.

Congratulations to all our winners and a huge thank you to all our supporters and donors of a wonderful selection of prizes.

Weekend in Anglesey (J Scott) – 02365 B Taylor
£50 note – 01893 – Davies
Bird feeding Station (CV Garden Centre) – 01556 – C Eaton
Free MOT (Newhaven Motors) – 00358 – Lesley B
Family History search (M Woodcock) – 00833 - L Wright
Golcar Lily Voucher – 12491 – P Best
£20 Sainsbury Voucher – 02121 – C Sinclair
£20 Morrison Voucher – 03477 - H Bodey
Vanilla Bean Voucher – 02414 - P Ashton
Cobwebs Voucher – 02230 K Woodcock
£20 Tesco Voucher – 01685 - A Lockwood
LBT tickets – 01304 – E Smith
Suma Hamper – 01912 – V Pawson
Bottle gin (J Jobber) – J Scott – 01748
Hudds Choral CDs – 01338 – Rosy
£10 Sainsbury Voucher – 01264 – S Stainton
H Copley Butcher voucher – 02092 – P Heminsley
Duck & Spoon voucher – 01985 - L Crawshaw
Bolster Moor Farm Shop Voucher – 02293 – P Radford
Green Valley Grocer Voucher – 00828 – G Gill
CV Male Voice Choir CDs – 00633 – P Price
Whisky – 01159 – J Pawson
Bottle Champagne Morrison’s – 01426 – A Taylor
Bottle Cava Lower Royal George – 01385 – P Groves
Bottle Asti Lower Royal George – 01949 – B Williams
Empire Brewing Beer – 00413 – A Kirby
Rag Rug (M Moriarty) – 02032 – M Parton
Slaithwaite Philharmonic tickets - 00672 – P France
Joanne Harris signed book – 00591 - M Maher
Pictures – 01800 – Russ
Designer cushion (A Keighley) – 01019 – M Haigh
Finishing Touches Florist Voucher – 01741 J Ellison
Junction Fisheries Voucher – 00646 – M Swinden
Water Jug – 02211 - J Barker
Herb Planter – 01559 – C Eaton
Knitted Dolls – 01996 – D Drinkwater
Sweatshirt – 01236 – V Ellis
Handmade Bakery Voucher – 01608 – S Danford
Chocolates – 02155 – S Ramsbottom

Events at the museum Event Calendar

From 4th July 2015 to 4th July 2015

Meltham Memories weekend

We have always supported this wonderful 1940s weekend and will have a stall on the street market on the Saturday, selling homemade preserves, plants, vintage toys, old fashioned sweets etc.

Next exhibition Exhibition Program

From 1st January 2016 to 1st March 2016

To be confirmed

We aim to have a great exhibition programme ready for our re-opening in 2016.
Watch this space!