Red House Museum

Red House Museum with yellow roses around the front door.
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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: Tues to Thurs 11.00-17.00, Sat & Sun 12.00-17.00

Admission charges

Admission to Red House (annual ticket including entry to Oakwell Hall)
Adult: £2.50 (£6.00)
Child: £1.00 (£2.50)
Family £6.00 (£14.50) for two adults and up to 4 children.

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

Gomersal and the Great War

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 March 2017 *on now

A community exhibition exploring the First World War including details about the Gomersal men who ‘joined up’ and how the war had an impact on village life.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Admission to House and Brontë exhibition: Adult £2.50, child £1 and families £6

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Red House Craft Bee

  • 25 June 2016 1-4pm
  • 30 August 2016 1-4pm
  • 24 September 2016 1-4pm

Monthly social craft group sharing and learning skills in a friendly inspiring environment. For details/to join call Marilyn Moon on 01274 872224.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Young Person’s Guide to Art History

  • 5 June 2016 2-3pm
  • 19 June 2016 2-3pm
  • 3 July 2016 2-3pm

The story of British art from the Wilton Diptych to Tracey Emin’s Bed. In three fun and accessible illustrated talks aimed at young people who are interested in art but don’t know much about it, Simon Poë will trace its development in Britain from the Middle Ages to modern times.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£3.50 adults & £2 children

Helen’s Heritage Walks

  • 11 June 2016 1:30-4:30pm

Celebrate Charlotte Brontë’s 200th Anniversary with a guided walk around Gomersal, followed by celebratory tea and period cake. Meet at Red House, the home of Mary Taylor, one of Charlotte's closest friends. Find out how this exceptional woman inspired Charlotte in her life and literature. Distance 3.5 miles, including field paths, slopes and stiles. Organised by Helen's Heritage Walks &The Friends of Red House Museum.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £8, children £6. £1 discount for Friends.

Peter Pan

  • 4 July 2016 7:30-10pm

Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents this classic children’s story by J.M.Barrie in our award winning garden. Please bring your own seating but no tables. The gardens will be open for viewing and picnics from 6pm. Refreshments are available during the interval & the ticket includes entry into the house from 6pm to 7.15pm. Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd and in support of the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£14 per adult, £12 for senior citizens, £10 for children and students, family tickets £42.

Make Your Own Minibook

  • 6 July 2016 1-4pm

Learn how to make two styles of notebooks inspired by the pamphlets made by the Brontë children and Charlotte Brontë's own diary. All materials are included and is suitable for older children and adults. Organised with the Friends of Red House Museum.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£10 per person, including entry into Red House

Brontës in Bloom

  • 9 — 10 July 2016 12-4pm

Celebrate Charlotte Brontë’s 200th Anniversary with this weekend floral festival featuring displays inspired by the life and creativity of the Brontës, in the historic room settings of Red House Museum. Organised by the Cleckheaton Rotary Club and Friends of Red House Museum.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Admission to House and Brontë exhibition: Adult £2.50, child £1 and families £6

Explore the World with Kirklees Museums

  • 16 July — 4 September 2016

Summer quiz trails with a prize draw and self-led craft activities in the house on the theme of New Zealand and Australia. Giant garden games will be available outside too.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

Admission to House and Brontë exhibition: Adult £2.50, child £1 and families £6. Free entry to the garden and shop.

Jolly Hockeysticks! A History Wardrobe Presentation.

  • 17 July 2016 2-4pm

A simply smashing show about school days and school stories. What did you wear to school? What did you learn? Who taught you? Discover the often-untold tales of pioneers in education for girls and enjoy school uniform and gym kit galore!

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£12.50 including complimentary drink on arrival

Have a go at Calligraphy

  • 7 August 2016 1:30-4pm

Learn the basics of this fascinating hobby with the Calderdale Calligraphers, using words and phrases from Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel ‘Shirley’ which featured Red House and the Taylor family who lived here. . All materials are included and is suitable for older children and adults. Organised with the Friends of Red House Museum.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£5 per person, including entry into Red House.

A photo of Red House Museum with yellow roses in flower around the door.

Heritage Open Weekend

  • 10 — 11 September 2016 12-5pm

Enjoy free entry to the house over this national weekend celebrating Britain’s rich heritage. Craft activities for children all weekend and Sunday will include demonstrations of traditional crafts and pastimes with the Friends of Red House Museum.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

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

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014

Website

www.kirklees.gov.uk/museums

E-mail

red.house@kirklees.gov.uk

Telephone

01274 335056

Fax

01274 335105

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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