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Welcome to the Grassington Folk Museum in Upper Wharfedale

We have reminders of yesteryear... exhibits of lead mining, minerals, craft tools, lathes, Dales farming, period costumes, domestic accoutrements, World War II memorabilia, folk lore and the days of the Yorkshire Dales Railway recalled.

Museum opening times

Grassington Folk Museum is now closed and will open for the new season on Saturday 29th March 2014. It will be open from Tuesday to Sunday from 2pm until around 4.30pm, depending on the availability of volunteers, until Sunday 26th October.

There is no admission charge but as we are an entirely independent museum and are staffed by volunteers, donations towards running costs are very much appreciated.

Latest news

A Christmas Carol

On Saturday November 30th the Museum played host to a rare book by Charles Dickens. The little book was bought last December at an auction in New York.

For most of the year the signed edition of "A Christmas Carol" is on display at the University of York library, so the Museum was honoured to show it off at the Dickensian Festival.

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol - signed copy

Dickensian Festival 2013

During the annual Dickensian Festival in Grassington, visitors are welcome to have a look round the museum and to see the huge variety of interesting items on display for an entrance fee of £1.00 per adult. Children under 16 accompanied by adults are welcome to look round for no charge.

Refreshments of hot tea, coffee or chocolate or a cold drink will be served by the lovely kitchen fire and hot home-made mince pies or biscuits will be available. A charge of £2.50 for adults (which includes the £1.00 entrance charge) will be made. A contribution of £1.00 for children for the refreshments is requested.

Charles Dickens - A Christmas CarolOn the first 'Dickensian' Saturday, 30th November, the Museum committee are excited to announce that an original copy of 'A Christmas Carol', signed and dedicated by the author, Charles Dickens, will be on display at the Museum. To have this wonderful book, so relevant to the Season, on display in Grassington Folk Museum even if it is for one day only, is a great honour which we hope will interest our visitors and local supporters. Don’t miss it!

View the press release
About this year's Dickensian Festival

Museum now open

After the hectic year of 2012 due to us obtaining funding from the Heritage Lottery fund, the Museum has now reopened for the new season. There is still plenty of work to be achieved and the committee and helpers have a full time job on their hands and are always looking for volunteers. If you can help in any way please pop into the Museum. The committee is trying to keep more in touch with the volunteers and also to keep volunteers in touch with each other, and involving them more in Museum decisions.

This year we are not charging an admission fee...
But if you like what you see, there is a donation box.

Grand Volunteers Meet

In April we had a Grand Volunteers Meet led by Linda Brandish, who came to us courtesy of the York Museums Trust.

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The New Crowther Room

The new Crowther Room is up and running and a group of volunteers has been beavering away to catalogue all the exhibits on to computer; as you can imagine this is a long and arduous task (not to mention the endless cups of tea and coffee!). Seriously, they are doing a fantastic job.

pre 2012 room pre-2012 roomPre-2012: How can you work in here?

the new office the new officeThe new office (The Crowther Room)

Museum Open Day

On Saturday 16th February, the Museum held an open day to show off the alterations we had made with the Lottery Fund. The attendence was excellent especially as so many locals came to support it.

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open day