Pontefract Museum

Bagleys Glass Gallery at Pontefract Museum
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Pontefract Museum is in a flamboyant Art Nouveau building with a wonderful tiled entrance hall and many original 1904 furnishings. Situated in the centre of town, the Museum has new displays on the archaeology and history of Pontefract. Visitors can find out about the historic events that took place at Pontefract Castle, why the town is so well known for its Pontefract Cakes of liquorice and how Britain's first secret ballot came to be held at the Town Hall. There is a room dedicated to domestic coloured glass made at Knottingley, much of it from the 1930s. The Museum has a lively programme of temporary exhibitions and a resource room full of local history information and a digital archive of 8,000 photographs.

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Opening hours

Mon-Fri 10.00-16.30
Sat 10.30-16.30
Open Bank holidays

Closed: Christmas and New Year

Admission charges

Admission free

The archaeology, social history and decorative art collections include finds from Pontefract Castle and St. John's Priory, siege coins from the English Civil War, packaging from the Pontefract liquorice factories, Bagley's glass and a major archive of locally printed material. Most of the collection has strong associations with Pontefract, including the town's mining history.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Poster for a cricket match

Pomfret's Printery

  • 13 May — 16 December 2017

Holmes Printers were in business for over 100 years. This exhibition celebrates their trade and looks to the future use of the print works on Gillygate with support from the Townscape Heritage Initiative.

The exhibition features a selection of the posters printed by Holme's,giving an insight into life in the local area. From fetes and fayres to house sales and pub tariffs, some are funny, tragic and insightful.

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.
Family having fun at Pontefract Museum

Family Fun

  • 29 April 2017 11am-3pm
  • 6 May 2017 11am-3pm
  • 13 May 2017 11am-3pm
  • 20 May 2017 11am-3pm
  • 27 May 2017 11am-3pm
  • 3 June 2017 11am-3pm
  • 10 June 2017 11am-3pm
  • 8 July 2017 11am-3pm
  • 15 July 2017 11am-3pm
  • 22 July 2017 11am-3pm
  • 29 July 2017 11am-3pm

A fun activity in the museum that everyone can join in with! Whether handling museum objects or taking part in a fun craft activity, there's something to do every Saturday across our museums. What will it be this week?

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



Pontefract Museum
Salter Row
West Yorkshire






Museum office

01977 722 741


01977 722 740


01977 722 742

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