Red House Museum

Red House Museum
Red House
Oxford Road
Gomersal
Nr Cleckheaton
West Yorkshire
BD19 4JP
England

Website

www.kirklees.gov.uk/museums

E-mail

red.house@kirklees.gov.uk

Telephone

01274 335100

Fax

01274 335105

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This delightful, red-brick house, built in 1660, was home to the Taylor family who were cloth merchants and manufacturers. Mary Taylor, daughter of the house in the 19th Century, was a close friend of Charlotte Bronte, who visited often, featuring the house as 'Briarmains' in 'Shirley'. Red House still looks very much as it would have in Charlotte's day, each room bringing visitors a step closer to the 1830s.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Open: Mon-Fri 11.00-17.00, Sat & Sun 12.00-17.00

Admission charges

Admission free

Additional info

Access:
Wheelchair access to "The Secret's Out", "Spen Valley Stories" and the ground floor of Red House. Fully accessible toilets. Stairs to upper floor. Induction loop facilities in the exhibition galleries. Braille plan and room guide.

The award-winning garden, recreated from 19th Century maps of the site, helps to capture the atmosphere of this bygone age. In the more modern setting of 'The Secret's Out' exhibition in the barn, visitors can see items owned and used by the Bronte family and learn all about Charlotte's connection with the Spen Valley and her friendships with Mary Taylor and Ellen Nussey. The new 'Spen Valley Stories' exhibition, housed in the restored cartsheds, relives the 20th Century memories of local people, using a mixture of pictures, mementoes, a user-friendly touchscreen terminal and the latest in audio technology.

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Personalities, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Charlotte Bronte
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Walk & Tea with Mary Taylor

  • 17 May 2014 2:30-6pm

Meet at Red House for a walk around Mary Taylor's old haunts in Gomersal. Then return to Red House for an exclusive after hours tour followed by tea and cakes. Event organised by Helen's Heritage Walks.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

Adults £12.50, accompanied children £8.50. Discounted charge of £10 per adult and £7.50 per child for Friends of Red House or annual ticket holders. Booking essential with Helen's Heritage Walks: call 01274 532425 or email helensheritagewalks@hotmail.co.uk

Website

http://www.kirklees.go.uk/museums

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