The Museum Galleries are open every day (except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day). Monday to Sunday 1-4 pm
Two of the initiatives by our learning officers has been the development of the and Basket or Bag around the museum, which has proved to be extremely popular. Basic Playmobil figures are dressed up to reflect a mix of the museum’s volunteers, staff and contractors. Children and their family members: parents or grandparents, can area and follow this trail around the museum and using the basket contents to enhance the visit. Good trail results may be eligible for a prize!
Gallery One – ground floor
This gallery starts with the geology of the Saddleworth and then explores the human history, artefacts and other physical remains in an archaeological display of some of our more interesting collections. There are several fascinating displays about transportation that was used in the area. The archaeological history, geology and transportation available in the Saddleworth area at the time would help determine the activities, occupations and manufacturing processes and we present some of those here. It can also be seen that the development of some occupations would have also driven the transportation needs. The visitor can connect all these elements by viewing the collections, reading the story boards and labels and our interactives should help explain and hold the interest of young and old alike. There are also records, displays and interactives of the local “people” shaped by this environment. These are just a few examples of our collections and themes on display but there is so much more. We believe you may need to revisit gallery one to see all there is to see.
The geology and archaeological sections are currently on your left as you enter the gallery. Gallery One, 2017.
Some of our bicycles and motorcycles from bygone times.
See our Austin 7, nicknamed the “Baby Austin” on display. Gallery One, 2017.
Some of the past occupations and manufacturing history in Saddleworth with one of our interactives, “cogs” in the foreground. Gallery One, 2017.
These are just a few examples of our collections and themes on display but there is so. We believe you may need to revisit gallery two to re-experience this stunning space.
The scaled model replica Rushcart, with Morris man, takes pride of place. Gallery Two, 2017.
One of the other “symbols” of Saddleworth’s past, the Dobcross Loom, Gallery Two, 2017.
One of our “Putting you in the Picture” stations. Gallery Two, 2017.
This interactive, “weave away” is easy to miss. Currently below the window to your right as you enter the gallery. Gallery Two, 2017.
Our warp-and-weft interactive. Gallery Three, 2017.
Handloom with story board. Gallery three, 2017.
Walk-in Victorian parlour. Gallery Three, 2017.
Our “Thaumatrope” activity area for the children (and grown-ups too!). Gallery Three, 2017.
A turn out of gallery three takes the visitor into gallery four. Visitors before 2016 may have known this as the “Carnegie” gallery. We have since given this area a new “facelift” and major update, whilst utilising some of the previous, sound and robust, display cabinets. The is lovingly maintained by members of the family to this day. The gallery holds many of our most interesting, rather miscellaneous collections. Costumes, artefacts, memorabilia, utensils and story boards about Saddleworth past. We have one display area devoted to the (Bill o Jacks) and a magnificent commemorative display to the t . The children will no doubt find the final “Putting you in the Picture” where they can dress up as soldier or nurse. This gallery has a final “around the corner” surprise for the visitor. Often this will be displays by local artists with paintings for sale but this area is subject to continuous change and we can not guarantee what you will see. It is now possible to either, retrace your steps, or leave by the door to the community gallery or stairs to the ground floor and the in the entrance way. This exit is not suitable for wheelchair users. Please read our Events and Exhibitions pages before visiting the Community Gallery. If you leave this way, please shut the door behind you.
Our Lords Rhodes display cabinet. Gallery Four, 2017.
The Bill o’ Jacks (Moorcock Inn) murders story board and collections display. Gallery Four, 2017.
Saddleworth Commemorative to the World Wars. Gallery Four,2017.
Area for the children to dress up as a nurse or soldier, Gallery Four, 2017.
Should you require a more detailed view of our galleries please visit our galleries extra page