The history book of a typical Yorkshire town, Tolson Museum draws a vivid and intriguing picture of Huddersfield and its people, from the prehistoric to the present. Each layer of Huddersfield's past is revealed in its exciting displays.
Museum, Garden, parklands or rural site
November to February
Tuesday to Thursday: 11am - 4pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12 noon - 4pm
Closed Monday & Fridays
March to October
Tuesday to Friday: 11am - 5pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12 noon - 5pm
Visiting groups please pre-book
We regret that all parts of our museum sites are not yet fully accessible. Fire regulations mean that there are also restrictions on the use of prams and pushchairs indoors. Please contact the museum for further details and any other access information that will help you to plan your visit.
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, almost every layer of Huddersfield's past is revealed at the Tolson Museum. Tolson 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.
Don't miss Britain's rarest car - the three-wheeled LSD - which was manufactured in Huddersfield between 1919 and 1924. It was originally made by Sykes and Sugden Ltd from 1919 to 1923 and then by the LSD Motor Co Ltd in Mirfield from 1923 to 1924. The name of the car was derived from the initials of the designer (Longbottom), the manufacturer (Sykes) and their accountant (Dyson). There were three models, the Family, the Popular and the Standard plus three-hundredweight and four-hundredweight van versions. The engine was an air cooled eight horsepower v-twin Jap or Mag. It had two forward gears and one reverse gear.
Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Land Transport, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War
Key artists and exhibits
- LSD car
Huddersfield's Great War Stories
- 2 November 2014 — 31 December 2018 *on now
An exhibition which explores people's lives at home and away during the First World War. See 'Loss and Legacy:The Tolson Story' - powerful new short films based on the tragic story of Legh Tolson's two nephews who were killed in the First World War, and in whose memory the museum was given to the people of Huddersfield in 1919.
- Family friendly