For over 300 hundred years Shibden Hall was the home of the Lister family, but the house itself is even older, first built in about 1420. Many generations of people and their families have lived and worked here, and all have left their mark on its history.
Shibden’s owners were people with whom we can identify today. On moving into the house they changed the decorations as personal taste and fashion demanded. They added to the building and they took things away. They did not freeze their home at a certain date, but were happy to place furnishings they liked and examples of new technology alongside the things they inherited.
The Hall today reflects this continual development. The house is an accumulation of objects of many dates, providing evidence of how people lived throughout Shibden’s time as a family home. The rooms and displays are set out as if someone has just slipped out for a moment, and may return just after you have moved on.
Museum, Historic house or home
March to November
Mon – Sat 10.00-17.00
Last admission 16.15
December to February
Mon – Sat 10.00-16.00
Last admission 15.30
Children 5-16 years / Senior Citizens / Passport to Leisure: £2.50
Family (2 adults, 2 children): £10.00
Group of 10 or more: £2.50 per person
Evening visits (minimum number 20): £7.00 per person
Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Medicine, Music, Personalities, Archives, Science and Technology, Social History, Land Transport
The Victorian Servant
Fascinating information about the daily life of a Victorian servant, which could be very hard, depending on the household in which they worked and the jobs they had to do. Some households employed young girls who had to work very long hours for little money, and were often 'rescued' from the local workhouse.
- This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.