Tolson Museum

A view of Tolson Museum through the trees in the park.
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The history book of a typical Yorkshire town, Tolson Museum draws a vivid and intriguing picture of Huddersfield and its people, from the prehistoric to the present. Each layer of Huddersfield's past is revealed in its exciting displays.

Venue Type:

Museum, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Saturday & Sunday: 12 noon - 4pm
Tuesday to Thursday in Kirklees school holidays 11am - 4pm

Admission charges

Admission free

Additional info

We regret that all parts of our museum sites are not yet fully accessible. Fire regulations mean that there are also restrictions on the use of prams and pushchairs indoors. Please contact the museum for further details and any other access information that will help you to plan your visit.

With collections in archaeology, archives, natural sciences, costume and textiles, decorative and applied art, music, weapons and war, coins and medals, personalities, science and technology, social history and land transport, almost every layer of Huddersfield's past is revealed at the Tolson Museum. Tolson takes you through the history of Huddersfield, from the tools of the earliest settlers - made for hunting in the primitive forests - to the boom in the textile industry which changed people's lives and brought prosperity to the town, and modern day collections from local people.

Don't miss Britain's rarest car - the three-wheeled LSD - which was manufactured in Huddersfield between 1919 and 1924. It was originally made by Sykes and Sugden Ltd from 1919 to 1923 and then by the LSD Motor Co Ltd in Mirfield from 1923 to 1924. The name of the car was derived from the initials of the designer (Longbottom), the manufacturer (Sykes) and their accountant (Dyson). There were three models, the Family, the Popular and the Standard plus three-hundredweight and four-hundredweight van versions. The engine was an air cooled eight horsepower v-twin Jap or Mag. It had two forward gears and one reverse gear.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Land Transport, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • LSD car
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
A photo of Dora Thewlis, the Baby Suffragette being arrested by two policemen.

Our Fight for the Voting Right!

  • 13 October 2018 — 31 December 2019 *on now

Our exciting new exhibition explores the stories of the suffragettes and suffragists of
Huddersfield, from the mill cottages of Batley to the grand houses of Huddersfield. Come and see our extraordinary ‘Votes for Women’ banner and help us recognise the centenary of the 1918 Act that gave (some) women the right to vote at last. #Vote100
Accessible by stairs only.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+


Open weekends, accessible by stairs only.

Tolson Museum
Ravensknowle Park
Wakefield Rd
West Yorkshire




01484 223240

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