Truth, Lies and Porky Pies

Nevin Ward

The second talk in our spring series will be by Nevin Ward and is entitled Truth, Lies and Porky Pies – telling tales about the characters, events and challenges behind Nidderdale’s history plays.  It will be held on Tuesday 28th March from 7p.m. in Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall.  Entry free for members, and £5 on […]

Spies and Stars

What an evening that was! On 21st February 2023, Professor Christopher Andrew presented a fascinating talk entitled  Stars and Spies: Intelligence Operations and the Entertainment Business from Elizabeth I to Charles III (to include Nidderdale). Professor Andrew is Emeritus Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Cambridge, Official Historian of the Security […]

New Year’s Day Free Entry

We’d love to welcome you to the Museum, to see our fascinating collections. So on 1st January 2023 we are opening our doors from 1.30 to 4.30p.m. absolutely free. Come along and be amazed!  

Julian Smith MP visits the Museum

We recently had a special visitor, when Julian Smith, MP for Skipton and Ripon, came to the Museum. Sue Welch, Chairman of the Nidderdale Museum Society CIO showed him round and was very impressed.  He commented that it was ‘a fascinating example of a volunteer-led museum,  with a real treasure trove of items illustrating the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.  […]