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West Yorkshire Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in West Yorkshire...

Museums long ago ceased to be stuffy rooms full of glass cases containing bits of old pottery and fossilised bones. Today even most conventional museums include changing displays but over recent years there has been a growth in industrial and "living" museums. Here you can learn about local heritage, get a feel for how people lived and worked, the hardships they endured...

Galleries listed include not just civic galleries displaying publicly owned artworks, but also privately owned galleries with items for sale.

West Yorkshire Museums and Galleries

blank tabHUDDERSFIELD ART GALLERYGalleries & Museums
Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 2SU
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The collection at Huddersfield Art Gallery contains some of the best British art of the twentieth century, including paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. The gallery also features a dynamic exhibition programme with contemporary work from a range of new and established art. Throughout the year, Huddersfield Art Gallery presents an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions featuring the best of art, craft, photography and sculpture from regional, national and international artists. The permanent collection of over 2000 works of art includes paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture representative of 20th century British art. Major works in the collection include Francis Bacon's 'Figure Study II', Henry Moore's 'Falling Warrior', as well as works by Stanley Spencer, Edward Wadsworth, and L S Lowry.
Tel: 01484 221964 or 01484 221962    Fax: 01484 221952
E-mail: info.galleries@kirklees.gov.uk
Web: www.kirklees.gov.uk/art
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Crow Nest Park, Heckmondwike Road, Dewsbury, WF13 2SG
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Dewsbury Museum housed in the mansion in Crow Nest Park first opened its doors as a public museum in 1896. The museum has recently undergone extensive refurbishment and restoration which has uncovered many of the Mansions’ previously hidden original features, including mullion windows, original wood panelling and ornate ceiling plasterwork. A fascinating mix of local history and childhood themed galleries, visitors to the museum can now see the popular toy gallery and the 1940s classroom along with the new Discovering Dewsbury gallery which blends historic stories, archives and collections with modern day images of Dewsbury people and their stories of heritage and identity.
Tel: 01924 325100    Fax: 01924 325109
E-mail: dewsbury.museum@kirklees.gov.uk
Web: www.kirklees.gov.uk/museums
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blank tabTOLSON MUSEUMGalleries & Museums
Ravensknowle Park, Wakefield Road, Huddersfield, HD5 8DJ
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Tolson Museum is housed in a Victorian mansion house with collections including: local history, Roman, archaeological, textile, bird, insect, plant, scientific, transport, toys and dolls. Vibrant community exhibition programme. Almost every layer of Huddersfield's past is revealed at Tolson Museum with collections in archaeology, archives, natural sciences, costume and textiles, decorative and applied art, music, weapons and war, coins and medals, personalities, science and technology, social history and land transport. Tolson Museum takes you through the history of Huddersfield, from the tools of the earliest settlers - made for hunting in the primitive forests - to the boom in the textile industry which changed people's lives and brought prosperity to the town, and modern day collections from local people.
Tel: 01484 223830    Fax: 01484 223843
E-mail: tolson.museum@kirklees.gov.uk
Web: www.kirklees.gov.uk/museums
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blank tabBAGSHAW MUSEUMGalleries & Museums
Wilton Park, Batley, WF17 0AS
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A Victorian former mill owner's house set in 36 aces of parkland and ancient woodland, and host to a wide range of unusual and exciting collections from around the globe. Once the home of George Sheard from 1875-1902, this Gothic house became a museum in 1911. Named after its first curator, Walter Bagshaw. Where else could you hear a Shirley Bassey hit and come face to face with a Ganges crocodile? Bagshaw Museum is a very surprising and entertaining place! New displays include: the new 'Spirit of South Asia' gallery and a new temporary gallery showcasing the Saucy seaside postcards of Bamforth's of Holmfirth. Permanent displays include 'The Kingdom of Osiris', an atmospheric Egyptology gallery and the 'Gods, Divine Creatures and Mythical Beasts' gallery, showcasing beautiful decorative arts from India, China, Africa and Japan.
Tel: 01924 326155    Fax: 01924 326164
E-mail: bagshaw.museum@kirklees.gov.uk
Web: www.kirklees.gov.uk/museums
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blank tabBATLEY ART GALLERYGalleries & Museums
Batley Library, Market Place, Batley, West Yorkshire, WF17 5DA
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Special exhibitions throughout the year, featuring contemporary art, craft and photography.

The gallery hosts a changing display of artwork by local art groups and individual artists.

The gallery's programme offers a range of work and wide variety of artistic styles with the aim of providing something for everyone to enjoy.
Tel: 01924 326021    Fax: 01924 326308
E-mail: hudlib.artgal@kirklees.gov.uk
Web: www.kirklees.gov.uk/art
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blank tabBANKFIELD MUSEUMGalleries & Museums
Boothtown Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX3 6HG
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Mansion house of a 19th Century mill owner, now housing a fine museum of costume, textiles, fine art and contemporary craft displays.

The museum also includes the Duke of Wellingtons Regimental Gallery.

Tea/Coffee facilities and free parking.
Tel: 01422 354823 or 01422 352334    Fax: 01422 349020
Web: www.calderdale.gov.uk
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National Museum of Photography Film and Television

Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 1NQ
Tel: 01274 202030    Fax: 01274 723155
E-mail: talk.nmpft@nmsi.ac.uk     Web: www.nmpft.org.uk

The National Museum of Photography, Film & Television was established in 1983 and attracts over 750,000 visitors each year. The museum has a collection of over three million items. These include: the worlds first negative and the earliest television footage and the first example of moving pictures of Leeds Bridge dated 1888. Also a digital media gallery. Visitors can enjoy a hands-on experience of the media, learning how television cameras work or trying their hand at animation plus lots more. The Museum has a combination of permanent galleries, temporary exhibitions and three cinemas showing a variety of . Between them you can explore the stories behind photography, film and television. Also the museum boasts a programme of special exhibitions. There are three cinemas: IMAX, Pictureville Cinema and the Cubby Broccoli Cinema. Visitors can enjoy modern films or classics from the archive.

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The National Children's Musuem

Discovery Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 2NE
Tel: 01422 330069    Fax:  01422 330275
E-mail: info@eureka.org.uk     Web: www.eureka.org.uk

Eureka! is the UK's first and only fully interactive museum, designed especially for children. It's a special place where all visitors; young and old can touch and play with over 400 'hands on' exhibits to learn all about themselves and the world around them! There are four gallery areas to explore, as well as the shop, cafe and Eureka! park. Facilities are available for all the family; with full disabled access and multi-sensory exhibits. Six galleries.

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Last of the Summer Wine Exhibition

The Wrinkled Stocking Tea Room, 30 Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, HD9 2JS
Tel: 01484 681408     E-mail: christopher.gardner4@btinternet.com
Web: www.summerwineexhibition.com

Located in Compo's house as it appeared in the TV series, the exhibition cover the 37 years of the series with photographs, memorabilia and a selection of the unusual inventions dreamed up by the characters.

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National Coal Mining Museum for England

Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield, WF4 4RH
Tel: 01924 848806    Fax: 01924 840694     Web: www.ncm.org.uk

Home of the British Coal collection. A unique opportunity to go 450 feet underground at one of Britain oldest working mines. Models and machinery depict the history, conditions and methods of mining from the early 1900's to date. Guided by ex-miners, you'll gain a genuine insight into the underground workings. Above ground visit the pit ponies, Victorian steam winder, the pit head baths plus a range of exhibitions and display.

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Royal Armouries Museum

Armouries Drive, Leeds LS10 1LT
Tel: 08700 344 344 (24 hour information hotline)
E-mail: enquiries@armouries.org.uk     Web: www.royalarmouries.org

The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds was opened in 1996 as the new home for the national collection of arms and armour. Each of the five themed galleries covering War, Tournament, Self-Defence, Hunting and the arms and armour of the Orient offers something to captivate every visitor - Henry VIII's tournament armour for instance, the replica Edwardian Gun Room, or a chance to shoot a crossbow. There is an exciting combination of spectacular displays, dramatic interpretations, live action events, interactive technology and thrilling exhibitions. By watching our expert gunmaker in the Craft Court, you can discover how history was made. You can also see our animals at close quarters in the Menagerie.

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Opening times: Open Daily 10am to 5pm (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and Boxing Day)

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North Light Gallery

Brooke's Mill, Armitage Bridge, Huddersfield, HD4 7NR
Tel: 01484 340003    Fax: 01484 340001
E-mail: enquiries@northlightgallery.org.uk     Web: www.northlightgallery.org.uk

Described as 'one of the largest and most spectacular in the wave of new art spaces'. The North Light Gallery has multi-use exhibition and performance space, plus a café. The gallery aims to show major exhibitions of the best in 20th century and contemporary art.

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Ashley Jackson Galleries

13-15 Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD9 2JR
Tel: 01484 686460    E-mail: info@ashley-jackson.co.uk    
: www.ashley-jackson.co.uk

Galleries of original water colours, signed limited editions & prints by Ashley Jackson. Books are available to purchase. Open to the public, but in order to view originals an appointment is advised.

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Dean Clough Galleries

Dean Clough, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX3 5AX
Tel: 01422 250250    Fax: 01422 341148
E-mail: dean.clough.ltd@deanclough.com     Web: www.deanclough.com

Nine galleries featuring a rolling programme of contemporary art exhibitions. Design shop featuring gift items, plus restaurant, theatre, and Spring/Autumn Jazz seasons. Once the largest carpet factory in the world, Dean Clough is a landmark in industrial architecture. Now a celebrated business, arts, design and education complex, 3,500 people work on the three quarter long site alongside the various visitor attractions.

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'Room with a View' Contemporary Gallery

Holme Castle Country Hotel, Holmfirth, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD9 2QG
Tel: 01484 680680    E-mail: jillhayfield@live.co.uk    
: www.fleecetofelt.com

Art Gallery with six exhibitions, three of textiles. Studio where wool was spun and woven in 1800's. Felt making workshops: weekends and some Fridays.

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Smith Art Gallery

Halifax Road, Brighouse, West Yorkshire, HD6 2AF
Tel: 01422 288065    Fax: 01422 349310     E-mail: museums-arts@calderdale.gov.uk
Web: www.calderdale.gov.uk

Two fine art galleries, purpose-built at the turn of the century, now housing a wide range of temporary exhibitions of art and craft. Permanent gallery of Victorian genre art and also 20th century work.

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Yorkshire Sculpture Park

West Bretton, Wakefield, WF4 4LG
Tel: 01924 832631     Web: www.ysp.co.uk

Yorkshire Sculpture park is set in the grounds of the Bretton Estate Wakefield which was designed in the 18th and 19th centuries. The park is 500 acres ranging from wooded areas to open spaces providing a landscape for modern and contemporary sculptures by artist's from around the world.

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