Welcome to Saddleworth Museum and Gallery

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.

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.

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’...

Mayor of Oldham buys our one year on prize draw tickets-draw to be held 17th September 2017

On the 30th July 2017 the museum exhibited at the Yorkshire Day fair on the King George V playing fields. Our stall provided lots of information about the museum, retail items in our shop, the "Friends" association and future events.We also ran craft activities for...

Launch of Exciting New 2017 Family Trail in the Museum Galleries

LAUNCH OF NEW FAMILY TRAIL IN THE MUSEUM GALLERIES > Thursday 22nd December onwards 1 – 4 pm . £ normal admission to galleries apply. Using the guide available from the museum admissions desk, try to answer all questions and find all the characters hidden in the...

Local museum in Saddleworth celebrates its’ re-opening after £1.2 million refurbishment

These are quotes from the event speeches. Sir Norman Stoller - "I was here in 1962 when it opened. This is a very special place".  Mayor Councillor Derek Heffernan - "I'm delighted to be here and see the amazing job that has been done". An immediate press release...

This museum will re-open at 1 pm on Saturday 17th September 2016

 The museum collections, gallery and shop closed in late summer 2015 for major refurbishment (see our "News" page). Subject to building work  - we are offering a limited visitor information service only between 1 and 4 pm. This museum will re-open at 1 pm on Saturday...

“Hands-on History to Inspire, Engage & Create”

Saddleworth Museum now has engaged a full time learning officer. The post is funded for the next three years by the Heritage Lottery Grant. After an extensive recruitment and interview process we can confirm that the successful applicant was in fact two people who...

The Story

'Making a Museum' is the title of a consultation project at Saddleworth Museum and Art Gallery. The museum has big plans to create a more interactive and exciting museum, which will tell the story of the people and the landscape of Saddleworth. The major part of our...

The making a Museum story so far

During 2013, after 5 years of planning and making submission revisions, at our third attempt we finally succeeded in having our project plans for "making a museum" accepted by the Heritage Lottery Fund organisation. This project phase alone requires a total investment...

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