Craven Museum and Gallery

Craven Museum & Gallery in Skipton Town Hall
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Craven Museum & Gallery, located in Skipton Town Hall, is a hidden gem in the market town of Skipton. This unique visitor attraction tells the story of Craven through the ages.

Discover something different every time with changing exhibitions, workshops and family events.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Open all year round Monday - Saturday, 10am-4pm.

Admission charges

Free Admission

Getting there

Located within Skipton Town Hall, through the Tourist Information Centre.

Additional info

The chair lift is currently out of use therefore there is no access to the Museums 2nd Floor until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Craven Museum & Gallery has many collections, ranging from those that are regionally important, like the archaeology from Elbolton Cave, to local material from the towns and villages in Craven. The museum also cares for the nationally important Roebuck art collection, which was bequeathed to the museum in 1988. Other collections include costume, art, the natural world and a broad range of social history material dating from the 18th century (1700s) to the present day.

Collection details

Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Personalities, Industry, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Archaeology, Agriculture

Key artists and exhibits

  • Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson furniture
  • The Roebuck Collection (a small changing display)
  • The Shakespeare First Folio
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Open page of first folio

The Shakespeare First Folio

  • 1 September 2014 — 1 September 2021 *on now

In 1623, seven years after William Shakespeare’s death, a compilation of 36 of his plays were published together in one volume. No more than 750 copies of this ‘First Folio’ were printed and today only about 230 survive, with fewer than 50 in the British Isles.

First Folios took over two years to print and, due to printing techniques used at the time, it is believed that no two copies of the book are identical. At the time of Shakespeare’s death, in 1616, 18 of his plays had not reached print. They only existed in handwritten actors’ stage notes and Shakespeare’s own drafts. Included in these unpublished works were some of Shakespeare’s most popular plays such as Macbeth, Twelfth Night and The Tempest. It is unlikely that any of these plays would have survived without the Folio. It is for reasons like this that it is thought of as the most important book in English literature.

In the early 1930s, a Shakespeare First Folio was donated to the museum by Miss Ann Wilkinson, daughter of a local businessman. Thanks to funding from Renaissance Yorkshire and a generous bequest from a private citizen, the Museum has the opportunity to display the First Folio for the first time in decades.

Because of its rarity, the folio needs to be kept in specialised conditions. Museum staff have created a new display area which allows the folio to be kept in low lighting. The display includes information about the folio’s history and an audio-visual interpretation voiced by Sir Patrick Stewart. The First Folio is on permanent display and the pages will be turned regularly.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

http://www.cravenmuseum.org/exhibitions/now-showing/the-shakespeare-first-folio/#

Woman rolling ink onto paper

Artyfacts

  • 7 October — 23 December 2016 *on now

Using Craven Museum’s Roebuck art collection and rich social history archives as sources of inspiration from which to work, the artists involved have created a diverse and interesting collection of pieces that will be exhibited throughout our winter season in the gallery.

The Artyfacts Exhibition is a joint initiative between Craven Museum & Gallery and Pioneer Projects and has been funded by the Arts Council England Museum’s Resilience Fund, as part of the museum's Museum: Indispensable project.

Open Daily from 10:00 – 16:00
Location: Craven Gallery, located in Skipton Town Hall
FREE

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Website

http://www.cravenmuseum.org/exhibitions/coming-soon/artyfacts/

Getting there

Located within Skipton Town Hall, through the Tourist Information Centre.

Craven Museum and Gallery
Skipton Town Hall
High Street
Skipton
North Yorkshire
BD23 1AH
England

Website

Our website:

www.cravenmuseum.org

E-mail

museum@cravendc.gov.uk

Telephone

01756 706407

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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