The Old Workhouse
King Street
Pateley Bridge


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


01423 711225


Local History Research

UPDATED April 2024

Interested in Nidderdale family history research or local history?

Nidderdale Museum has a room where special exhibitions are held and talks are given to groups visiting the Museum. 

Our extensive library includes a selection of local history and other books relating to Nidderdale. We also have books and booklets for sale, which can be purchased from the Museum.

We have the facility for accessing local history information and some limited family history records, held at the Museum. 
If you are interested in using our materials for research purposes regarding local people or places,
please contact the Museum Secretary to arrange your research visit. 

The Museum now has dedicated research sessions for access to its records,
when two experienced volunteers are on hand to help with queries.

If interested in attending, please sign up via this e-mail indicating the general area of your research interests
and what type of information you are seeking.
The cost is £10, payable via the website in advance, which includes permission to take photographs for personal use.
If you are unable to attend and have given at least 3 days’ notice, the fee will be carried forward to a future booking.
These sessions are free to members of Nidderdale Museum Society CIO.

The next sessions are as follows:
17 May,  21 June,  19 July

If you would like us to look into some aspect of your family history or other topic, please send us brief information about what you would like researched.  Our volunteers will take an initial look in our records to see if we have anything of use.  If there is nothing, you will be told this, and advised about other avenues you can explore.  If we do have information, then you will be asked to complete a more detailed form, and asked to pay a research fee of £30 to the Museum to cover up to 2 hours work by a volunteer in accessing the information and sending it through to you.  This can be paid by cheque, or via the Make a Donation button below.