Craven Museum and Gallery

Craven Museum & Gallery in Skipton Town Hall
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Craven Museum & Gallery, located in Skipton Town Hall, is a hidden gem in the market town of Skipton. This unique visitor attraction tells the story of Craven through the ages.

Discover something different every time with changing exhibitions, workshops and family events.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Open all year round except January. Monday - Saturday, 10am-4pm (closed Tuesdays)

Admission charges

Free Admission

Getting there

Located within Skipton Town Hall, through the Tourist Information Centre.

Additional info

The chair lift is currently out of use therefore the access to the Museum on the first floor is via a staircase until further notice. Please contact us if you need any more details in advance of your visit. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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.

Collection details

Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Personalities, Industry, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Archaeology, Agriculture

Key artists and exhibits

  • Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson furniture
  • The Roebuck Collection (a small changing display)
  • The Shakespeare First Folio
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Open page of first folio

The Shakespeare First Folio

  • 1 September 2014 — 1 September 2021 *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.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+


Chrysalis Arts

Crafting Change & Dissolving Margins

  • 15 September 2018 — 10 June 2019 *on now

Crafting Change & Dissolving Margins
15th September- 18th October
Monday- Saturday 10am-4pm
Free Entry

Launch day Saturday 15th September there will be a public creative workshop from Crafting Change artist Joe Hartley on Saturday morning (being arranged by Chrysalis Arts)

New approaches to sustainable making
Crafting Change demonstrates how a diverse group of contemporary makers explore issues and definitions of sustainability, as they develop their practice into the 21st Century. Through the exhibition they want to open up discussion about the role of craft in our society – is the origin and provenance of objects becoming more important to us? Is the act of making just as important as the final product?

Crafting Change is the current exhibition in a series of Art Unpacked touring exhibitions. Art Unpacked is a project from Chrysalis Arts, bringing high quality contemporary art and craft exhibitions to venues across North Yorkshire, East Lancashire and East Riding of Yorkshire.

Textilia 3 is an established group of contemporary textile artists based in the North of England. They have exhibited widely in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria over the last 22 years, since the group was first formed. The artists in Textilia 3 use many diverse techniques to produce abstract, figurative and decorative pieces, wall art, 3D and wearable art. The exhibition takes inspiration from the theme Dissolving Margins in many different ways: from historical events, humanitarian issues- to physical ideas of coastal erosion and the interaction between wild and manmade/managed landscapes.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free Entry


Getting there

Located within Skipton Town Hall, through the Tourist Information Centre.

Craven Museum and Gallery
Skipton Town Hall
High Street
North Yorkshire
BD23 1AH


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01756 706407

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