At Craven Museum located in Skipton Town Hall, you can connect with local characters and landscapes from the past.
Some of the star objects on display include a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio, a Roman Amethyst Intaglio and the Iron-Age Flasby Sword.
Open 9:30-16:30, Monday to Saturday
Located within Skipton Town Hall.
Booking is currently required to visit Craven Museum. Please see our website for further details.
Craven Museum & Gallery has many collections, ranging from those that are regionally important, like the archaeology from Elbolton Cave, to local material from the towns and villages in Craven. The museum also cares for the nationally important Roebuck art collection, which was bequeathed to the museum in 1988. Other collections include costume, art, the natural world and a broad range of social history material dating from the 18th century (1700s) to the present day.
Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Personalities, Industry, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Archaeology, Agriculture, Photography, Sport, Religion, Natural Sciences, Weapons and War, Music
Key artists and exhibits
- Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson furniture
- The Roebuck Collection (a changing display)
- The Shakespeare First Folio
The Shakespeare First Folio
- 1 September 2014 — 1 September 2031 *on now
In 1623, seven years after William Shakespeare’s death, a compilation of 36 of his plays were published together in one volume. No more than 750 copies of this ‘First Folio’ were printed and today only about 230 survive, with fewer than 50 in the British Isles.
First Folios took over two years to print and, due to printing techniques used at the time, it is believed that no two copies of the book are identical. At the time of Shakespeare’s death, in 1616, 18 of his plays had not reached print. They only existed in handwritten actors’ stage notes and Shakespeare’s own drafts. Included in these unpublished works were some of Shakespeare’s most popular plays such as Macbeth, Twelfth Night and The Tempest. It is unlikely that any of these plays would have survived without the Folio. It is for reasons like this that it is thought of as the most important book in English literature.
In the early 1930s, a Shakespeare First Folio was donated to the museum by Miss Ann Wilkinson, daughter of a local businessman. Thanks to funding from Renaissance Yorkshire and a generous bequest from a private citizen, the Museum has the opportunity to display the First Folio for the first time in decades.
Because of its rarity, the folio needs to be kept in specialised conditions. Museum staff have created a new display area which allows the folio to be kept in low lighting. The display includes information about the folio’s history and an audio-visual interpretation voiced by Sir Patrick Stewart. The First Folio is on permanent display and the pages will be turned regularly.
Echoes: Material memories of inhabited space
- 13 September — 30 October 2021 *on now
Cononley-based artist Barbara Greene uses contemporary artworks, prints, cyanotypes, artist books and 3D installations to give new insights into our local history.
Barbara explores some of the mix of arts and sciences, events and discoveries, which influenced the growth and development of 400 years of life along the Aire valley.
- Any age
Located within Skipton Town Hall.
Skipton Town Hall