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 except January. Monday - Saturday, 10am-4pm (closed Tuesdays)

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 the access to the Museum on the first floor is via a staircase until further notice. Please contact us if you need any more details in advance of your visit. 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/#

World Mental Health Day

Art In Mind Exhibition

  • 7 — 28 October 2017 *on now

Art In Mind Exhibition
Saturday 7th to 28th October
10:00am - 4:00pm, open Monday to Saturday
Exhibition Gallery
FREE ENTRY
http://www.cravendc.gov.uk/artinmind

A mixed media exhibition of pieces created by a range of individuals working with Pioneer Projects, a leading charity providing targeted health and creative arts projects and activities that aim to support and engage people throughout the region, and whose work includes exploration of the link between creativity and well-being.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

Free Entry

Website

http://www.cravendc.gov.uk/artinmind

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.
Big Draw

The Big Draw Festival - October Half Term

  • 21 October 2017 11am-12pm
  • 25 — 27 October 2017

The theme of this year's national Big Draw event is Living Lines - an Animated Big Draw, so who better to help us create fantastic animations than Master Animator Virpi Kettu, whose previous work includes Wallace & Gromit and recently the Burn the Witch music video for Radiohead!

The Big Draw
Saturday 21st October
11:00am - 12:00 noon
FREE - Just drop in to take part!
Join us on the first Saturday of the week-long campaign for drawing to help us create a huge masterpiece for our Gallery and super You Tube animation!

Halloween Animation Magic Workshops
Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th, Friday 27th October
11:00am - 12:00 noon
Tickets £1.50 / person/ session (Tickets available to buy on the day.)
Virpi Kettu joins us again throughout half term week for spooky dun with Halloween animation magic workshops.

Join us to created animated creatures and help them to fly through the night sky on Wednesday, crawl through the cemetery on Thursday and around a hunted house on Friday!

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 7-10
  • 18+

Admission

Free & Tickets £1.50 / person/ session (Tickets available to buy on the day.)

Website

http://www.cravendc.gov.uk/thebigdraw

Museums at Night

Museums at Night - behind the scenes!

  • 27 October 2017 6-8pm

See Craven Museum as you've never seen it before; an opportunity to get behind the scenes, hear from the team about their favourite objects, and enjoy a leisurely private view of the current exhibition with a glass of wine.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£5.00 - including wine and nibbles
Box office situated in the Tourist Information Centre
Open 10am - 4pm, Monday to Saturday
Phone orders welcome - 01756 792809

Website

http://www.cravendc.gov.uk/museumsatnight

Craven Arts

Craven Arts Christmas Exhibition

  • 11 November — 23 December 2017

Craven Arts Christmas Exhibition
Saturday 11th November - Friday 23rd December
http://www.cravendc.gov.uk/cravenarts
10:00am - 4:00pm Monday to Saturday
FREE ENTRY

Over the opening weekend Craven Arts members will also be running demonstrations and workshops from 10am - 4pm Saturday 11th, and artist talks will take place on Sunday 12th - sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date with schedules www.cravendc.gov.uk/STHnewsletter

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Entry

Website

http://www.cravendc.gov.uk/cravenarts

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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