Welcome to Saddleworth Museum and Gallery

Breaking news! – from the 1st October this website will have a brand new look with some exciting new features. 

Whilst we are closed we are asking for your donation, by any card (debit or credit) via a one time account, or by using your own PayPal account This would be most appreciated.

Whilst we are closed  we are preparing the museum for re-opening and developing a new look website able to cope with online shopping and an appointments system.

On the 2nd August you may have seen one the curator’s Facebook posts Past & Present Bill’s o’ Jacks – Moorcock Inn. One of  the new features on one of our displays and the “new look” website will be an interactive quiz featuring the unsolved murder at the Moorcock Inn (Bill o Jacks) in 1832. 

Thank you all for your support during this most difficult of times.

We hope to re-open sometime in September. The new normal for the museum will initially mean fewer people (both visitors and volunteers) on site, fewer afternoons open and an appointment booking system.

Please see our news page  http://www.saddleworthmuseum.co.uk/news/ should you need more detail.

The Museum stands in a beautiful and historic location beside the Huddersfield Canal in the village of Uppermill, nestled in the hills in the middle of the area known as Saddleworth, an old Yorkshire Parish with its own identity. Uppermill is a busy, thriving village with lovely canal towpath walks, many small independent shops and plenty of places to eat & drink.

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One of our hidden treasures is undoubtedly our archive. We have one of the single richest sources of local history to be found in the north of England. There are maps photographs, deeds, wills, census returns and Parish records. The earliest date back to the late 1500’s

The museum galleries tell the story of the people who have created Saddleworth’s landscape and character. This is done in a thoroughly modern way within the carefully restored fabric of a building that still retains the character you would expect from a building dated 1862. A small charge is made for admission to the museum galleries although “Friends of the Museum”, enjoy free admission

Our separate community gallery often has “free to view” exhibitions of paintings, photos and other arts and craft works. This gallery is available for hire. Please check our events, learning and exhibition pages before your visit to avoid disappointment.


Saddleworth includes, amongst others, the villages of Delph, Diggle, Dobcross, Denshaw, Greenfield and Uppermill.  We have a wealth of information about the area in our visitor information centre and our staff and volunteers would also be happy to try and answer your questions.


Our modern, open plan and spacious shop offers a variety of local hand crafted items, many with a Saddleworth theme, alongside toys for the young, maps, DVDs, cards, souvenir items, jewellery, maps, walking guides, books about Saddleworth and much more.

Access for the disabledfrom our gentle ramps, hand rails and a specially designed, customised lift, right through to our dedicated toilet facilities, is, and will remain, one of the museum’s priorities.


Please use the direct links to a few of our pages below, see our news feed footer and explore our website. If you need to book something, or have questions, most pages offer an email contact form. You can also comment on our news posts. However, most importantly, visit us! 

To contact us by post or telephone please see our “Contact Us” page > “hover” over our Home page to see all options.


Help support the museum by becoming a “Friend”. Your membership entitles you to free access to the museum galleries.


Find out more about our current collections on display, exhibits, interactives and iconic items in our museum galleries.


We have a number of regular, and special, events all year round.

Check out the “Exhibitions” page also.

Saddleworth Museum announces its’ re-opening plan.

The new normal for Saddleworth Museum and Gallery On Friday 20th March, as part of the UK government actions against the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, museums and art galleries were among the first instructed to close. Like many other organisations, some who closed...

Virtual on-line art exhibition 6th June to 4th July 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic all museums and galleries are closed, therefore:- From Saturday 6th June to Saturday 4th July Saddleworth Museum (in conjunction with the Saddleworth Group of Artists) will hold the planned 70th anniversary art exhibition on-line. All...

21st March 2020 Museum closed until further notice

Following https://www.gov.uk/guidance/ and the UK government's instruction to museum and galleries the Saddleworth Museum and Gallery is closed to the public until further notice. One of our volunteers will be collecting the post on a regular basis if you want to post...

Launch of Saddleworth’s Museum exclusive 2020 calendar

We now have in stock our new, and exclusive 2020 calendar at £6.99 This exclusive calendar, contains beautiful images of Old Saddleworth selected by our curator from our photographic archives of old Saddleworth. The museum registered charity number is 528225 If you...

Launch of Exciting New 2019 Family Trail in the Museum Galleries

Child friendly museum launches new “bee trail” for family visitors.

Saddleworth Museum announces the return of its’ popular Heritage Walks

Do you fancy a walk? We are delighted to announce the return of our popular Heritage Walks programme this Spring - Summer. We had a wonderful time last year exploring our local heritage and landscape together... breathing in the fresh air, taking time to refresh and...

Community Heritage & Art initiative launched by Saddleworth Museum

The Book of Days FREE Drop-In Workshop will take place on Saturday 9th Feb 1 – 3 pm. Drop in to find out how you or your group can get involved, register your interest and gain help with resources and ideas.

The Saddleworth Players perform at Saddleworth Museum’s Charity Evening

On the 25th November the Friends of Saddleworth Museum will provide supper at the Millgate Arts Centre from 5.30 pm prior to the curtain raising at 7.30 pm for the performance. £12.50. Tickets only available for this event from the Saddleworth Museum, High Street, Uppermill. Telephone 01457 874093

Launch of 2018 Museum Heritage Walks

Launch of fantastic heritage walks programme for 2018. In April 2018, Lindsey Milnes, our learning officer, launched our 2018 series of heritage walks which take place in May, June and July this year. “It is far better to get outside on to the wide open heaths, to...

Launch of Exciting Group Tours around the Museum and its’ collections

Launch of Exciting Group Tours around the Museum and its' collections. The Museum staff and volunteers have now designed and trialled standard and “theme” tours specifically designed for groups to learn more about the exciting stories around the museum and its’...

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