The Collection

The Museum Collection consists of  six main categories: Textile, Domestic Artefacts, Costume, Clog-making, Political Collection and several Photographic Collections.

We operate a rotation system, whereby artefacts are on display at various times in the museum, either in an exhibition or within the period rooms.

We can arrange for members of the public to view specific items in our collections by appointment.

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The Textile Collection contains three witch looms, several spinning wheels including two  Great or Walking Wheels, a replica Spinning Jenny, warping frame and creel, pattern books, replica cropping bench and the associated minor items of equipment necessary to produce cloth.  The Collection also contains a range of textile related documentation and associated items.

Domestic Artefacts

The Domestic Collection contains furniture, ceramics, costume, books, implements of laundry, kitchen, baking, and rugmaking.  There are a large number of ceramic items, from table ware and moustache cups to jelly moulds and colanders, commemorative ware, ornaments and a quantity of storage jars.

The Household Linen Collection includes chair and settee sets, cushion covers, table cloths and table runners, flat embroidered textiles, samplers, and locally made rag rugs.


Costume is represented mainly for the period 1870 – 1920 and this is largely ladies’ clothing, especially underwear nightwear and dress accessories.  There is some children’s wear, although mainly for very young children, and a few men’s garments.

Clog making

The Clog making Collection consists largely of tools, simple jigs including lasts, benches, storage facilities, clog furniture and many clogs on display.

A large proportion of the collection came from Parkin’s (Boot, Shoe and Clog manufacturer, repair and retail shop) of Carr Lane, Slaithwaite.  The period of the reconstructed shop is set at 1910 to accommodate the gas lighting.  The collection was augmented by donations of clog-making equipment and sundries that were representative of the trade in the West Riding.  It also includes clog clasp, toe plate manufacturing dies and accessories given to the museum for safe keeping by James Watts catalogue printing plates.  There is also a large collection of clog clasps made by Horsfield’s of Bradford.


The Photography Collection largely consists of three major collections of local photography as well as collections of glass negatives, lantern slides and transparencies.  The majority of the images are local to the Colne Valley and feature local events, buildings, architecture and people.

Political Collection

Part of the Museum’s history is linked to Victor Grayson, the Colne Valley’s first Socialist MP, and the Museum holds a small collection of artefacts, personalia and political material.  A small but significant collection belonging to a suffragette was donated to the Museum, including personal notes and records, a medal and brooch.