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A Christmas Carol

On Saturday November 30th 2013 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.

A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol
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 Carol

On 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.

grand volunteers meet
grand volunteers meet

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 room

Pre-2012: How can you work in here?

the new office the new office

The 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.

open day
open day
open day

Museum now closed

Tuesday, 8th November 2012

We are closed now until spring 2013 except for the Dickensian Saturdays when we shall welcome visitors from 9.30am to 4.30pm on 1st, 8th and 15th December 2012. The charge will be just £1.00 for a look round the museum (free for children up to 16).

Hot and soft drinks and home-made warm mince pies will be served in front of the ‘real’ fire and will be available for £2.50 for adults and £1.00 for children. This includes a look round the museum before or after the refreshments.


Museum reopened

Monday, 16th July 2012

Thanks to the Heritage Lottery fund, the first phase (the building work) of the Crowther Project is now complete. Therefore the museum has now reopened though not all the displays are quite complete as yet. As a consequence we are not charging an admission fee but are requesting donations for the time being. We look forward to welcoming visitors and the opening hours are Tuesday - Sunday from 2pm until 4.30pm.


Grassington Folk Museum Wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

Wednesday, 14th March 2012

Heritage Lottery Fund logo
Grassington Folk Museum Wins Heritage Lottery Fund Support

Museum wins Heritage Lottery
Fund support

The Upper Wharfedale Museum Society will be literally ‘raising the roof’ after news today that it has obtained funding worth nearly £50,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting new project entitled The Crowther Room. Work on the new room will begin in mid March involving the removal of part of the existing roof to create additional head room in the upper floor area, providing a dedicated work space, and archive storage.

The project is named after John Crowther, the Victorian antiquarian who lived in Grassington and founded the first museum. The new space will offer improved facilities for research and study by visitors, community and staff.

The Museum, which is run by volunteers, has, in addition to its permanent display, a large and fascinating collection of artefacts and documents illustrating the life, industry and traditions of the area. It will soon be possible to display these in special exhibitions and forge closer links with community groups, schools and Grassington Hub.

Commenting on the award, David Pritchard, Chairman of UWMS said "I was delighted in December when we had our 100,000th visitor through the door and now we have secured this Heritage Lottery Funding which will enable us to unlock the full potential of this important collection and we anticipate the work to be completed by the end of June this year. 2012 is going to be a very exciting time for volunteers and visitors alike!"

Fiona Spiers, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund - Yorkshire and the Humber, said "Grassington Folk Museum is an important resource for the community as it tells the story of the Upper Wharfedale’s domestic, industrial and geological heritage. We are proud to support this fantastic project that will enable the Museum to open up its collections for the community to explore and enjoy."


The 100,000 ticket sold for entry

Saturday, 10th December 2011

The 100,000 ticket sold for entry

The 100,000th ticket sold
for entry

The 100,000th ticket sold for entry commemorative plate

The 100,000th ticket sold for
entry commemorative plate

At 11.45am on December 10th 2011 the 100,000th ticket was sold for entry to Upper Wharfedale Folk Museum during the Grassington Dickensian Festival. The ticket was sold to Mr John Vernon and his wife Jenny who were visiting from Chester. They were given a commemorative plate, made for the museum by local craftsman David Ashby, of the Courtyard Pottery in Grassington and presented by David Pritchard, Chairperson of the Museum Committee, and Elaine Clare, a trustee of the museum. The Huddersfield Town Crier, Vic Watson, added colour and volume to the occasion by announcing the event to the assembled throng.

The Museum depends on the support of the public who pay a small entrance fee to look around the local collection of memorabilia, including lead mining, agriculture, all housed in the cottage in the square. So thanks are expressed to all the visitors to the museum since the opening in this venue in 1979 - and to the army of volunteers who have kept it going during that time.