Craven Museum goes on Tour!

Craven Museum may now be fully packed away, but the Museum team are still out and about bringing the Museum and some of its fantastic collection to you! Over the coming months, Craven Museum on Tour will be visiting local libraries in the Craven area for a day of hands on history, where you will also have the opportunity to bring in your own treasures for us to have a look at.

Our first library roadshow took place at Embsay Library and Village Hall on the 8th of February, and was a huge success. The Museum team brought along a variety of objects from the collection for a handling session, including some Roman pottery, a local newspaper from 1868 and an antique doll made over 150 years ago! Visitors had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the objects, and ask any question they might have.


One of our volunteers at the object handling stand

Alongside object handling, we also encouraged people to bring in their own heirlooms and treasures, and to tell us their stories. We got lots of objects, and some people chose to let us photograph their artefacts and add them to our new online ‘People’s Museum’ – click the link if you’d like to explore our current gallery of treasures! We got some fantastic stories and objects, such as a book of poems in Craven dialect:

Book of poems in the Craven dialect

And a teddy bear called Titi who was made in the early 1900s:

A teddy called Titi

As well as the Museum team, there were also lots of other local groups and activities at the event, such as a local archive display, children’s crafts and a Fairtrade café.

Are you interested in coming to a library roadshow yourself? Got an object to show us? Then come along to a future Craven Museum on Tour event (check out this page for upcoming dates). The next library roadshow will be at Settle on 23rd of April, 14:00-16:30.