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 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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These are some special dates for your diary



Following and the UK government’s instruction to museum and galleries on the 20th March 2020, 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 or email or to contact us

We will soon be carrying out a major review of the page. 

Friday 20th March 7 for 7.30 pm > Fun Team Quiz evening with Supper > POSTPONED

Due to unforeseen circumstances this event is now postponed. We do not yet have an alternative date for you. 

We are currently trying to contact you if you have booked a place. Please contact us if you have already booked a place at this event to arrange a refund or the alternative.

The museum reception (telephone number 01457 874093) is open 1 – 4 pm daily. Our address is Saddleworth Museum and Gallery, High Street, Uppermill, OL3 6HS. The friends email address is

Monday 6th April 1 – 3 pm > Spring Themed “Magic Monday” family craft sessions for 4 to 11-year olds. In the community gallery. £3 per child over 4. CANCELLED. 

Due to the UK government guidance this event is now cancelled

Sunday, 12th April 9 am to 2 pm > FARMERS MARKET  > CANCELLED.

We hope that our Farmers’ Market on 14th June will be held as normal but unfortunately the planned market today has been cancelled by our stall holders.

Wednesday 8th July > “Virtual catch-up draws” for the 200+ club

We normally hold the 200+club draw at our monthly coffee morning on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Since our forced closure on the 20th March we have not had any coffee mornings.
On the 8th July we will hold  “virtual” socially distanced draws to “catch-up” on the draws which should have taken place in April, May and June , and also make the schedued July draw.
We intend also to discuss how and when these draws will take place in future
Thank you all for your support during these most difficult of times.

One Saturday in August > we re-open in compliance with UK Governement Instructions > Entrance by appointment only.

Our appointment booking system will appear on this website once we know the actual day/s
Thank you all for your support during these most difficult of times.

Recommencing asap 2nd Wednesday in the month > FRIENDS OF ​THE MUSEUM COFFEE MORNING £1.50 entrance includes a pot of tea or cafetière of coffee and biscuits.

In our rather nice community gallery. Buns or cakes (a “slice of something nice”), are also available to purchase at very reasonable prices.

A raffle will be held and our homemade stall may be in operation. The monthly draw will be made for the 200+ club and prizes handed out. Please come along to meet friends, make friends, find out about “Friends of the Museum” events, the 200 club and maybe call in to the museum shop or galleries afterwards.

Recommencing asap 2nd Sunday in the month > FARMERS MARKET community gallery and possibly stalls outside. Free.

One stall/gazebo sometimes outside the museum entrance with other stalls inside the community gallery. Products can change but there are usually breads, cheeses, olives, teas, coffees and chocolates often of high “artisan” quality. Well worth a visit!
(Please text or ring Oliver on 07761 261349 or ring Oliver on 01457 873590 should you wish to book a stall for this event.)

Recommencing asap every 2nd Monday > Family History Research. Book a one-hour session. £5 includes museum gallery admission (each one hour session is £3 for “Friends” of the Museum).

Our dedicated volunteer/s, will be on hand today to offer assistance for people embarking on family history research or who need help with a particular area they are already investigating during a one hour session

Although our volunteers will have access to software applications and often have specialist local knowledge and access to museum archive information, it would be most helpful if you could bring any information you have already gathered with you. All individual, specific and personal information received or provided is treated as confidential to that one hour session.

It is essential that you book your one hour session in advance. We offer 3 one hour sessions:-

  • 1 to 2 pm or

  • 2 to 3 pm or

  • 3 to 4 pm

Please inform reception when you arrive and you will then be guided through your search and the use of our computerised facilities in gallery three. You will also be free to view all the collections in all the museum galleries at your leisure.

Drop in sessions may not be possible today since this facility is often fully booked so it would be best to telephone in advance if you were thinking of just dropping in.

Our address is Saddleworth Museum & Gallery, High Street, Uppermill Ol3 6HS. The museum is open 1 – 4 pm daily and you could book in advance at the museum reception or you could telephone 01457 874093 or email

To find out more about future events why not join the “Friends” of the Museum- see the Friends page- and receive their regular newsletter. These are just a few of the special events you can expect to appear on this page…………


  • Trips and excursions. Places may need to be reserved in advance.


  • Currently every second Wenesady in the month,  a pot of tea or cafetiere of coffee and biscuits. 200+ draw, raffle and cake stall. £1.30 on the day.


  • “Seasonal” workshops, activities and crafts for the young run by learning officers.Places may need to be reserved in advance. E.g. Santa at Xmas


  • Families visiting our museum galleries may enjoy the family trails and bags provided on request as part of the entrance fee. Organised by our Learning Officers.


  • Team Quiz nights with Supper. Places may need to be reserved in advance.


  • Historical Saddleworth Photos and Films presented by our Curator. Entrance fee often discounted for “Friends”.


  • Open days (as part of the annual heritage festival) and special offers (to say thank you to lottery players from the Heritage Lottery Fund-North West).


  • Our community gallery hosts art exhibitions by local and internationally acclaimed artists. Special evening, or day, previews are often held. Please see our “Exhibitions” page.


  • Half-Term or Summer Holiday workshops, creative activities and crafts for the 4 – 11 year old. Places may need to be reserved in advance.


  • Tapas evenings organised by the “Friends” of the Museum. Places may need to be reserved in advance


  • Linking Schools and other Explore Learning projects organised by our Learning Officers. Please see our “Learning” page.


  • Events providing musical and theatrical entertainment, whether as part of a festival, or provided by the museum staff and  volunteers. Places may need to be reserved in advance.


  • Afternoon Teas & Plant Sales organised by the “Friends” of the Museum.


  • Farmers Markets organised by the “Friends” of the Museum. Currently every second Sunday in the month. Free entry.


  • An exclusive event for the “Friends” of the Museum, an annual luncheon held in the community gallery. This event is by invitation only.


  • Museum Tours and Guided Walks provided by our volunteers. Places may need to be reserved in advance. 

And so much more……

  • Book Signings, Yorkshire Day information centres and so much more……

……………………………….Gallery Hire

Our impressive canal side community gallery is available for hire to accommodate your corporate, charity, association or family function. If you would like more details please contact the curator, Peter Fox, on 01457 874093 or use the contact form below.