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Colne Valley Museum

Address : Cliffe Ash
Address : Golcar
Town/City : Huddersfield
County : Yorkshire
Country : England
Post code : HD7 4PY
Phone : 01484 659762
Web Site :  www.colnevalleymuseum.org.uk

The Colne Valley Museum is housed in a row of handloom weavers' cottages, which have
characteristic stone-mullioned windows that provided plenty of light for weaving. 

First established in one weaver's cottage, the Museum opened its doors in November 1970, with just one room on display, and was officially opened the following June by the celebrated author Dr. Phyllis Bentley.
Run entirely by its volunteer members, the Museum has gradually acquired the adjoining three cottages, which comprise the terrace originally called 'Spring Rock', which was built by James and Sally Pearson in 1845 and used for handloom weaving.
To celebrate the 50th birthday there will be a series of events in June, including an Open Day with free admission (as it was when the museum first opened, although a charge of 10p was introduced the following year.) WThere will also be a specially designed birthday cake too, and one of the volunteers, who is also a member of the Huddersfield Film Society, is compiling a film about the Museum from its early days and this will be shown alongside an exhibition of fifty years of the history of the Museum. A Golden Recipe book is to be published and a Victorian Murder Mystery evening is also planned.

Alongside these celebrations will be an exhibition by the well known artist/illustrator Ed Klutz, specially commissioned by the Museum as part of the Meeting Point art project, funded by the Arts Council England.
When the idea of creating a local history museum in the hillside village of Golcar was first mooted it seemed an impossible dream. Even the locals were unconvinced – "It'll never catch on in Golcar" they said with typical Yorkshire bluntness, but it did catch on, and here we are, 50 years later, welcoming lots of visitors to the thriving museum and educating local (and not so local) children about their textile inheritance.

2020 Events
April 4th & 5th Easter Craft Weekend and Bread Bake, with craft activities for younger visitors.

May 9th Golcar Lily Day - this very popular local community annual celebration is all about VE Day this year. Free admission to the Museum with lots more going on in the village.

June 6th - Open Day with free admission to clebrate the 50th anniversary of the museum.


Working life

The museum shows the domestic textile history in an original setting. Most of our exhibits are in full working order and are often demonstrated by the museum's volunteers, who preserve the traditional skills of the time.

Family life
The hub of family life was the Yorkshire range, which provided the main source of heat for the cottage and was used for baking, cooking and heating water for washing and cleaning.

In the living room you can see the flagstone floor, rag rugs, and numerous items of 19th century life. Built into the hillside there is a wash kitchen complete with mangles, washboards and dolly tubs.
Explore the newly created period bedroom complete with truckle bed and chamber pots!

Clog-maker's workshop
An Edwardian clog-maker's workshop that had remained virtually untouched, rescued from nearby Slaithwaite, complete with benches, tools and gas lights.

Exhibitions and events
We have a programme of exhibitions and events throughout the year - see website.

Tea Room and Shop

A selection of teas and coffees, home-made cakes and preserves, vintage toys, books, guides and souvenirs are available.

School and group visits arranged by appointment.

Opening times

  • Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays,
  • April to October: 2.00pm to 5.00pm.
  • November to March: 1.00 to 4.00pm
  • Admission charge (Adult and Concession).
  • Children (accompanied) FREE.

The new main entrance to the museum is from the top of a steep setted lane - it is accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. There is an alternative level access to both the top and ground floor - please contact us in advance. There are stairs to all floors.
Toilets, including baby change facilities and accessible toilets, are on the middle floor and on the top floor. A full access statement is available from the museum.



















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