Robert Owen Memorial Museum
The Museum tells the remarkable story of Robert Owen, born in Newtown (Powys) in 1771. A village boy who hobnobbed with royalty. A shop assistant who became a factory manager. An educator with little education. A rich man who fought for the poor. A capitalist who became the first "socialist". An individualist who inspired the Co-operative movement.
The Museum is open throughout the year, except Christmas Week and Good Friday:-
Monday - Friday: 9.30 - 12 and 2 - 3.30
Saturday: 9.30 - 11.30
Admission is free.
The Museum is intriguingly laid out in a domestic style, which suits the large numbers of pictures on display. Portraits of Robert Owen and prints of New Lanark are strongly represented. Also to be seen are mementoes of his birthplace, items from New Lanark, and various of Owen's belongings including a handsome bureau, and some fine busts. Unusual items on display include a 'Silent Monitor' from New Lanark, a life mask of Robert Owen, and Labour Notes in hours from the National Equitable Labour Exchange. The Museum has 55 of Robert Owen's letters, but only one can usefully be displayed, as his writing is almost illegible. Some transcripts, however, can be seen. Robert Owen's story is told clearly on text panels in large type. Our Robert Owen video film can be viewed in the Museum. It runs for 23 minutes, and there is seating for up to ten people.
Key artists and exhibits
- Robert Owen