Clifton Park Museum

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The Museum is located within Clifton House, a Grade II* listed building designed by John Carr. The house was built in 1783 as the home of Joshua Walker, son of the founder of Rotherham Ironworks, and it retains many period features. The house stands within Clifton Park, which is Rotherham's premier public park and was originally its estate.
The York and Lancaster Regimental Museum covers the history of the Regiment. It also features the Regiment's forebears, the 65th and 84th Regiments of Foot. The displays include uniforms, weapons and equipment from all periods of the Regiment's history.

Venue Type:

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

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday 9.30am to 5pm
Sunday - 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Admission charges

Free Admission

Getting there

The museum is located on Clifton Lane (A6201), approximately half a mile from Rotherham Town Centre. If traveling by car you can reach the museum from junctions 33. 34 or 35 of the M1, or junction 1 of the M18.
The nearest train station, taxi ranks and bus station are in Rotherham town centre. There is a bus stop immediately outside the museum.

Additional info

If you wish to arrange a school or group visit, then please contact us directly to discuss your requirements.

The House has been a museum since 1893, and is the base of Rotherham Borough's Museums, Galleries and Heritage Service. Its collections aim to reflect the natural, social and industrial development of the town of Rotherham itself as well as the geographical area covered by the Rotherham Borough. Artefacts include a large collection of earthenware and porcelain made by the Swinton (later Rockingham) Pottery Works between 1745 and 1842.

Collection details

Agriculture, Archaeology, Architecture, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Fine Art, Inland Waterways, Industry, Land Transport, Law and Order, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Photography, Religion, Science and Technology, Social History, Sport, Toys and Hobbies, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Key exhibits include 'Nelson', a Cape Lion specimen whom many people in the area regard as an icon for the Museum, and the 'Rhinoceros Vase', a massive showpiece made by the Rockingham Pottery Works in 1826. At over a metre tall, it was claimed at the time to have been the largest piece of porcelain ever to have been fired in one piece in England, and it demonstrates the variety of decorative and technical skills which the Works were capable of.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Picture shows some of Captain Simpson's personal belonging including a diary, medal, photographs and death penny

Captain Simpson MC and the Somme campaign

  • 4 July 2016 — 1 March 2017

This exhibition tells Simpson's fascinating story and features his medals, photographs and personal papers, as well as objects relating to the 12th Battalion's Somme Campaign.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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.
Captain Simpson personal items including a book, small case, medal, death penny and photographs

Captain Simpson MC and the Somme

  • 10 July 2016 3-4pm

Captain Simpson MC, was a successful footballer who trained as an Officer before serving with the 12th (Sheffield City) Battalion at the Somme.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 14-15

Admission

£2 per person
Please book by calling 01709 336633 or visit the museum shop

World War One soldiers marching in their trench coats and berets.  They are looking tired

Exploring Official Records of the Somme

  • 5 July 2016 10:30am-12:30pm

examining regimental records of the Somme campaign, including battalion orders, war diaries, maps and casualty lists.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£4 per person. To book please call 01709 336633 or visit the museum shop

Objects on display in the gallery. Including a York and Lancaster book, trench art aeroplane made form scrap metal, Book titled What a British soldier wants to say in French

The York and Lancaster Regiment Gallery Tour

  • 5 July 2016 1:30-2:30pm
  • 10 July 2016 1:45-2:30pm

A look at the World War One Galleries and new Captain Simpson MC exhibition

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£4 per person
Please book by calling 01709 336633 or visit the museum shop

Soldiers practising with their bayonets

Discovering Personal Records of the Somme

  • 19 July 2016 10:30am-12:30pm

Using personal archives to look at the Somme campaign from the perspective of soldiers and their families.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£4 per person.
To book please call 01709 36633 or visit the museum shop

Somme 1916 Film

  • 25 July 2016 1-2:30pm
  • 27 July 2016 1-2:30pm

The film is screened as part of a programme of events and exhibition focused on
local soldier, Captain Vivian Sumner Simpson, who fought at the battle of the Somme.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Please call 01709 336633 or visit the museum shop to book your place

A group of soldiers from the Yorks and Lancaster Regiment dressed in uniforms of the Great War.  They are sitting relaxing and smiling as a group.

March Back in Time:Training for the Somme

  • 31 July 2016 11am-4pm

A day out for all the family with living history displays, Children's crafts and dressing up, historic talks, The Band of the King's Division, traditional recipes cooked in the period kitchen, table top battle demonstrations and lots of stalls. Explore our new exhibition to discover more about local soldiers and their experiences before and during the Somme.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Getting there

The museum is located on Clifton Lane (A6201), approximately half a mile from Rotherham Town Centre. If traveling by car you can reach the museum from junctions 33. 34 or 35 of the M1, or junction 1 of the M18.
The nearest train station, taxi ranks and bus station are in Rotherham town centre. There is a bus stop immediately outside the museum.

Clifton Park Museum
Clifton Lane
Rotherham
South Yorkshire
S65 2AA
England

Website

http://cliftonpark.org.uk/

E-mail

cliftonparkmuseum@rotherham.gov.uk

Telephone

01709 336633

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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