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.
Open Bank holidays
Closed: Christmas and New Year
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.
Archaeology, Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Social History
- 13 May — 16 December 2017 *on now
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.
- Any age
- 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?
- Family friendly
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