Craven Museum on Tour is now well underway and in April we took the Library Roadshow to Settle and Ingleton, with our new Community Heritage Curator, Gemma Bailey.
We brought along our handling collection for more hands-on history sessions, which included some replica toys from the past such as a Jacob’s ladder and a spinning top.
A visitor talking to one of our volunteers about her time working at Dewhurst’s Mill
Hand’s on history!
We also continued collecting people’s stories and photographing their fantastic objects for our online People’s Museum. One of the objects brought to Settle was a 40 year old handmade teddy, who still has a working growl!
A handmade teddy!
In Ingleton, we were shown some fragments of pottery, collected by young enthusiast Sienna. Some are thought to be from the Medieval period (the two in the middle with the yellow/green glaze), and one is thought to be an example of transfer ware from the 1800s (the decorated blue and white piece).
A collection of pottery found in a local Ingleton back garden and from the riverside
We also had a letter written in 1915 by Wilfred Brown, the owner’s relative, who was a soldier serving in the trenches in France in the First World War. Unfortunately, he was killed in action before the letter ever reached its recipient.
A letter from Wilfred Own, a soldier in WW1
For more information on these objects and the others we received, check out our People’s Museum page. Do you have an object that is precious to you? We are still visiting libraries taking photographs and noting stories at our upcoming roadshows if you would like to share them with us. We want to see any objects that are special to you – they don’t have to be valuable or rare, just important to you!
Thank you to all visitors who attended and to our fantastic volunteers for helping out.
As the HLF refurbishment opens up an exciting new chapter in Craven Museum’s life, we’ve been working on a timeline of the Museum throughout the years since it was founded in 1928.
Click the images below to see the wonderful photos of the Museum in our collection and learn some fun facts about its history!
4th April 1934: the Museums future was secured. The Museum was originally run by the Craven Museum and Archaeological society and supported by a group of volunteers (who, 30 years later, officially became the Friends of Craven Museum). In 1934 the Museum was handed over to Skipton Urban District Council to secure its future. In this photograph, Mr J F N Dufty (a teacher at Ermysted’s Grammar School) is pictured officially handing the Museum over to the council.
1940s: collecting the past. During the period 1934 to 1973, the Librarian at Skipton Library was also the head Curator of Craven Museum. This photo shows Mr Ward, an assistant at the Museum, holding a musical instrument known as a serpent (a bass wind instrument similar to a trumpet), that is still in the Museum collection today. Picture courtesy of Bradford & District Newspaper Coy. Ltd.
1960s: Craven Museum in Skipton Library. This photo, taken in the 1960s, shows Skipton Library when the Craven Museum was still housed there. The statue outside is of Sir Mathew Wilson, MP for Skipton (it was moved there in 1922 after its original spot at the top of the High Street was replaced with the War Memorial).
1960s: downstairs in the Museum (2/3) This photo shows the new basement room in the Library that was used to store and sometimes exhibit some of the Museum collection. Here, one of the long case clocks can be seen on the left, and the penny farthing is in the background.
1960s: upstairs in the Museum (1/3) In the 1950s, the Museum gained an extra room in Skipton Library. This photo shows Librarian and curator Percy Baldwin with part of the taxidermy collection, and one of the original cases that was still in use up until 2018.
1960s: downstairs in the Museum (3/3) A photo of one of the exhibit areas in the basement, including a Hall Porters chair from John Wesley (a local preacher) and the besom engine on the right.
16th August 1960: the Geology Room. This photo shows the new Geology room that opened as part of Craven Museum in 1960. It shows exhibits from the Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age and Roman Period.
17th November 1970: exhibit opening night. This photo was taken on the open night of a new exhibit in Craven Museum. Visitors, including local photographer and dentist Ken Elwood, can be seen looking at the Derbyshire ore crusher, a piece of industrial equipment used for lead mining. Picture courtesy of Craven Herald.
11th December 1973: the Craven Museum found a new home in Skipton Town Hall. (Photo from late 1960s) In 1973 the Museum moved into a bigger space in Skipton Town Hall. During the move, it gained its first professional curator, Jane Harding. Archaeology expert David Williams was also appointed as Museum Assistant. The Friends of the Museum also worked hard to help set the collection up in its new home, and took part in many archaeological digs at this time.
Post-1973: upstairs at the Town Hall (1/2) Look familiar? This photo shows Craven Museum upstairs in Skipton Town Hall, and includes cases that were still being used up until 2018. Photograph by David Hyde.
Post-1973: upstairs at the Town Hall (2/2) The Lathe pictured in this image has also featured in modern industrial displays at the Craven Museum. Spot the Craven Heifer in the background! Photograph by David Hyde
2012: Recent History. The Museum is shown here in 2012 – are there any displays that you recognise?
2017: the Museum as you may remember it. In 2017, a bid was placed to the Heritage Lottery Fund by Skipton Town Hall to receive funding for an exciting new museum redevelopment, and in 2018 the grant was awarded. This photo shows the Museum as it was just before closing – do you remember it?
December 2018: an empty Museum. By December 2018, the Museum was all packed up, with the objects put away in storage.
Do you have any more information about any of the photographs in our slideshow? Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or using our contact form. Alternatively, you can call us on 01756 706407.
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