Pickford's House

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Hidden amongst the gorgeous old buildings and cobbled pavement of Friar Gate sits Pickford’s House; the professional showcase and family home of Georgian architect Joseph Pickford. Now the museum illustrating aspects of domestic life from the 18th to the 20th centuries, Pickford’s House shows the contrast between the master and the servant, the grandeur of Georgian architecture and the changes that occurred in the house over its 250-year life.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Monday Closed
Tuesday-Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday Closed

Admission charges


Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie: Mysteries, Murder, Marple and More

  • 2 June — 3 November 2018 *on now

Drawn from a private collection of books, ephemera and objects relating to the life and works of Agatha Christie the world’s best-selling crime author this exhibition uses the whole house to engage visitors in their own murder mystery.

During your visit you can also solve your very own mystery by finding clues hidden around the house.

Admission: Give What You Think

Suitable for

  • Any age
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Children at War


During this highly interactive workshop pupils will experience what it was like to shelter in the Pickford's House cellar during an air raid attack. They will also be trained as Air Raid Wardens and learn how to deal with several different scenarios including gas attacks, incendiary bombs, and civilian casualties. Pupils will explore the causes and effects of rationing on people’s lives during the Second World War using original examples of ration books and replica foodstuffs and posters. Cost: £60
Optional extra: Make a miniature Anderson shelter, £20

How to obtain

Phone 01332 641901 to book

House and Homes


Mr or Mrs Pickford will welcome pupils to the house and take them on a guided tour discussing the role of each room and the sorts of activities they and their family do there. Pupils will be encouraged to make comparisons with similar rooms in their own homes and to investigate a number of household objects. from the past.
Cost: £60
Optional extra: Make a clay house plaque, £20

How to obtain

Phone 01332 641901 to book

Houses and Homes Discovery Box

Houses and Homes £10 per day

How to obtain

Phone 01332 641901 to book

Time Travel Toys


Pupils will be encouraged to think about life before electricity and batteries. They will handle and play with a range of moving toys that need no batteries and discuss how these toys work and the forces involved.
Cost: £60
Optional extra: Make a cup and ball toy or a thaumatrope, £20

How to obtain

Phone 01332 641901 to book

Victorian Life Discovery Box

Victorian Life £10 per day

How to obtain

Phone 01332 641901 to book

Victorian Voyage!


Pupils will be put in role as prospective applicants for a new servant post at Pickford's House by our Victorian Housekeeper. All pupils will be given items of costume to wear and encouraged to participate in a range of hands-on activities. Cost: £60
Optional extra: Make a Victorian pegdoll, £20

How to obtain

Phone 01332 641901 to book

Pickford's House
41 Friar Gate







01332 641901

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