The Old Workhouse
King Street
Pateley Bridge


Open 1.30-4.30p.m.
Tuesday - Sunday
and Bank Holiday Mondays


01423 711225

Charter Trail Opens

Charter Trail Group

Simon Theakston, the Deputy Lieutenant of North Yorkshire was recently guest of honour at the Museum, to open The Charter Trail, in the company of Sue Welch, Chairman of the Museum Society, the Deputy Mayor of Harrogate Borough Council, the Mayor of Pateley Bridge Town Council, Museum trustees and other distinguished guests. In 1320, Edward […]

Pilgrim Trust Conservation Care Audit

Grocery Shop

A few weeks ago, the Museum was visited by a conservator who carried out an audit of the Museum’s collections. We were pleased to hear that much of what we are doing is good, and will be building a Conservation Care Plan so that other highlighted issues can be dealt with over the next few […]

We are now a CIO!


On 1st April, Nidderdale Museum Society became Nidderdale Museum Society CIO! This may not mean much to you, but we are now a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, and as such we are a legal entity, and are no longer dependent on all leases, investments, employment contracts etc being held by trustees on behlaf of the Society.  […]

Summer Opening

Victorian Parlour image

Spring is in the air, and the Museum has been spruced up ready for our summer visitors.  From 1st April, we will be opening every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1.30pm to 4.30pm so that we are here for as many visitors as possible.  We now have a video running about the history […]

Call for Volunteers

Volunteer at work

Come and join us! We are looking for more volunteer stewards so that we can open as normal over the summer. It is a rewarding and interesting way to spend an afternoon or two a month and you will learn a great deal about our local history. No prior knowledge is needed and initial training […]

Accepting items into the Museum

Laundry Items

Moratorium on Object Entry In the last 18 months the Museum has been offered a considerable number of items for possible inclusion in the collections. Following the pandemic, we are still working with a reduced number of volunteers. The Collections Team have therefore requested a 3-month moratorium (Jan-March 2022) on accepting items for evaluation so […]

Good News – Grant awarded

Rocking Horse

The Museum is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a grant of £54,800 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.  The project will start in June 2021 and will focus on strengthening the organisation, ensuring it can continue to preserve and display the heritage of Nidderdale into the future. It will also include forward […]

Hair Perming Machine mentioned on Radio York

Hair Salon Photo

A machine similar to one featured in a display at the Museum was mentioned on a Radio York programme today.  A caller told how she had her hair permed at a village salon when she was 16 years old, and was horrified to find that she was attached to a machine with curlers on it.  […]

Your Favourite Things


The Museum has more than 32,000 artefacts, documents and photos within its collections. For those of you who have visited us, we are sure that you will have one or two favourite items that have a real meaning for you.  Maybe this will be based on having seen the item in your grandmother’s house, or […]

Support for Re-opening

We are delighted to report that Stowe Family Law, in Harrogate have made a donation to Nidderdale Museum to assist with its re-opening costs. Making the Museum COVID secure, with hand sanitising stations, extra cleaning routines, establishment of a one-way system, as well as installing a contactless payment system has been both time-consuming and costly.  […]