Nidderdale Museum

in Pateley Bridge

Address: The Old Workhouse King Street Pateley Bridge HG3 5LE

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Nidderdale Museum, located in Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire, offers a comprehensive look into the local and social history of this scenic region. Situated within a historical building that originally served as a workhouse, the museum provides a unique perspective on the past life of Nidderdale, one of the Yorkshire Dales.

Visiting Information

The museum operates seasonally, welcoming visitors daily from April 1st to October 31st between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., and during the winter months on Saturdays and Sundays at the same hours. There is a modest entry fee for adults, while children accompanied by an adult can visit free of charge.

Management and Operation

Operated entirely by a dedicated team of volunteers, Nidderdale Museum is overseen by the Nidderdale Museum Society, which consists of 200 members, an elected committee, and a board of trustees.

Exhibits and Collections

The museum’s exhibits cover a broad array of themes related to rural life, with a focus on agriculture, local industries, religion, transport, and clothing. The museum houses eleven rooms, each meticulously arranged to showcase different aspects of historical life. Notable displays include a Victorian schoolroom, a cobbler’s workshop, a lead mining tunnel, a Victorian parlour, a 1930s hairdresser’s shop, a 1940s general store, and a traditional kitchen. The museum also features a variety of historic costumes, agricultural tools, and transport vehicles, providing a detailed narrative of the region’s past.

Additional Resources

For those interested in delving deeper into the history of Nidderdale, the museum offers a reference library filled with books on local history and materials for family history research.

Awards and Recognition

Nidderdale Museum has been recognized for its contributions to heritage preservation, receiving the National Heritage Museum of the Year Award in 1990 and the Queen’s Award in 2017, highlighting its effective use of resources and the significant role of its volunteers in its operation.

This comprehensive repository of Nidderdale’s past not only educates but also connects visitors with the enduring legacy of the Yorkshire Dales.

Related Accommodation

The accommodation below is nearby - and has been updated recently.

Rivulet Cottage

26, Pateley Bridge, HG3 5JU, United Kingdom

Clackgill Cottage

In Moor Lane, Middlesmoor, Pateley Bridge, HG3 5ST

Roslyn House

9 King Street, Pateley Bridge, HG3 5AT, UK

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