The museum is temporarily closed until early 2016 for building work.
We apologise for any disappointment but we're looking forward to our re-opening of a sparkling new museum and hope to see you then!

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.

More Bobbins

Roller and spindles on the spinning jenny

Lots of bobbins

Cops of yarn from which the shuttle bobbins will be filled.

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 lunch at
The Golcar Lily, Slades Road, Bolster Moor HD7 4JR
Tel. 01484 659277
on Saturday December 5th at 12.30pm

A 4-course Christmas Fayre Luncheon menu is available (and optional) at £15.95.
Please let Lesley Crawshaw or Margaret Woodcock know if you are coming as we can reserve a table, or if you need a lift.
Also, the Christmas meals need to be pre-ordered so check out this link:
Click on Christmas Fayre Luncheon Menu.


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.

We'll be at the Golcar Christmas Lights Switch-on, Friday November 27th, and we are hosting a Victorian Christmas Fayre in the Golcar Scout & Community Centre Manor Road on Saturday & Sunday November 28/29th. Open from 12 - 4pm.
As well as the Christmas market stalls there'll be traditional fun and games for all the family, mince pies being baked, puddings being stirred (on the Sunday) and teas and coffees served by our volunteers, as well as that most important person Father Christmas.

We are supporting the Macmillan Charity Fair at Cedar Court, Ainley Top, on Sunday December 6th

In 2016 our bakers will be busy at St. John's Golcar making all sorts of bread to taste and take home on Saturday January 23rd. Open from 10am - 3pm.
Our volunteers will be serving teas, coffees and homemade cakes, as well as soup and freshly baked bread rolls.

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.)

Events at the museum Event Calendar

From 27th November 2015 to 27th November 2015

Christmas Lights Switch On in Golcar

A great event all over the village to switch on the Christmas Lights. Our volunteers will be out and about the streets and we have a stall in the Scout & Community Hall in Manor Road.

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!