Events at the museum ( >
Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June. 2pm to 5pm WOVEN. Celebrating the textile industry of Huddersfield. Traditional textile crafts will be demonstrated during our normal opening hours each weekend.
Film. The story of the Textile Industry in the Colne Valley. By Trevor Spencer of the Huddersfield Film Makers’ Club
Julia Batley of TEAZEL Will be demonstration how to make a stylish Liberty fabric flower corsage in our Victorian Kitchen. There will be an opportunity to buy some of the lovely TEAZEL items hand crafted by Julie.
Current exhibition ( >
- Right on Cue
Saturday June 1st to Sunday July 14th.
An exhibition of Billiards and Snooker in Huddersfield their history. Curated by John Ingleby. Inventor of the Snooker Ball Marker.
WELCOME TO THE BILLIARDS EXHIBITION
Billiards originated about 1560 with a London pawnbroker, William Kew, taking down the THREE BALLS which identified his profession and pushing them about with a yardstick.
Billiards arrived in Huddersfield sometime around the 1850’s and one of the first amateur leagues was the Huddersfield Liberal League which started in 1889. In 1890 the first league winners were Lockwood and Salford Liberal Club.
You are invited to look over the exhibition and perhaps find a relative or two in the old photographs.
Over the next few weeks, we are also offering a chance to win a dinner for two with John and Lesley Ingleby at the Hare and Hounds Kirkheaton. Pick up your entry form and see if you can find the eight answers from the exhibits on show. Put your form in the marked box.
In the photograph John is seen at Ballcraft Engravers Ltd (which is now owned by Kirkheaton brothers Shaun and David Fox) putting the finishing touches to an 1890’s Billiard Championship cup. The small silver player on top of the cup had, at some point, lost his cue.
Photograph shows Fartown & Birkby Liberal Club winning the cup in 1914 Captain J.H. Clayton does anyone know the names of any of the other players?
Back in1891 & 1892 Golcar Central Liberal Club won the cup Captain L. Whitwam and again in 1893 but captain was James Baxter. Golcar went on to win it in 1897,1898, 1899, 1912 (various captains) then 36 years later in 1948 won it again with captain N. Brook. Sadly back in 1964 The Billiards league was folded and the cup reintroduced for snooker winners with Moldgreen Liberal club (Capt G.Lockwood) being the first recipients .