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

Pontefract Museum
Salter Row
West Yorkshire






Museum office

01977 722 741


01977 722 740


01977 722 742

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