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Colne Valley Museum
Ranked #14 of 50 things to do in Huddersfield
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Owner description: a visit to this museum enables you to imagine what life in the 1850's was like and is therefore a moving experience. there is no admission fee but donations are greatly appreciated as the museum is run by volunteers.
Reviewed 5 June 2014

A great little museum. Superb staff/volunteers who insisted on giving full explanations about the local trades of yesteryear. A real delight!

Thank Derek B
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

I love little museums and these that are so close to the life story of people in a very unusual and distinct community are particularly compelling.The industrialisation of the beautiful area around Huddersfield and the Colne Holme and Calder values is a fascinating story well related in this charming museum.The transition from isolated Pennines farming communities dependent on sheep,spinning and weaving on hand looms in the upper rooms of weavers cottages is documented brilliantly.
The industrial revolution happened here due to the coincidence of cheap energy,the fast running water from the Pennines powered the water mills, high skills developed in spinning and weaving,the habit of hard work and saving and the miraculous growth of talented entrepreneurs.
This is the warp and weft of the life depicted here, it reminds us of the good times the wealth that becoming the world centre for the finest worsted s and woollens brought to the ares also the hard times the exploitation and cruelty of the manufacturing system that chained children to machinery and enslaved many in drudgery.The working people of this unique area responded by creating a whole set of social and economic structures to protect against the vagaries of industrial life,cooperatives workers industrial ones as well as cooperative shops long before their cousins in Rochdale the other side of the hills.Building societies and other mutuals such as holiday clubs burial clubs let alone after the Luddite rebellions trade unions and the Independent Labour Party the ILP.All well documented here as is the myth that the Luddites were spoilers against change and progress in industry,they were in fact working men and women conscious of the abrogation of traditional fair pay based on traditional Guild arrangements,desperate to provide for the sustenance of their families and communities.
All this combined with the growth of a vigorous and independent non - conformist chapel movement lead to the area leading the way in progressive politics indeed Colne Valley electing th first Independent Labour Party Member of Parliament to Westminster.
This is a museum which will tell you all about these communities and much more, here you will get a real insight into the determination the spirit and the high ideals of a special bit of the English working class!

4  Thank barry S
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

This is a great place to teach children about local history. We visited at Xmas time when the museum was cooking mince pies from scratch in the old kitchen. Children could participate. There were lots of victorian style party games for children and adults to play and Father Christmas in the grotto by the fire. I have been here many times at different times of year, and it is a lovely place to visit with/without children to just learn a bit from the amazing volunteers here about local history in the Colne Valley. Fantastic.

1  Thank meeks2491
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Reviewed 10 August 2013

Located in a historic building, this small local museum (though an expansion is now under way) but tells the story of local life and industry in a friendly and engaging way. The volunteer staff are knowledgable and happy to demonstrate the spinning machines, looms etc. It's a fantastic achievement for a local community to maintain a museum like this.

4  Thank Steve H
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

This is an excellent museum run by volunteers with different activities happening over the weekends. Plenty to see and lots of interesting things to do. Worth a visit for a Sunday afternoon

1  Thank Anne W
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