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Arts, Crafts & Textiles Museums in Northern England

Included below are Arts, crafts & textiles museums, such as Harris Museum & Art Gallery in Northern England. The Arts, crafts & textiles museums have permanent and semi-permanent displays which bring to life the day-to-day lives of our ancestors.

Harris Museum & Art Gallery

Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Market Square, Preston, Lancashire

Market Square, Preston


There’s nothing quite like having a wonder around the local museum to get a feel for a town and the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston is no exception. Its wealth of information about the people, places, history and economy of the area is a... more

Salford Museum & Art Gallery

Salford Museum & Art Gallery, Peel Park, Salford, Greater Manchester

Peel Park, The Crescent, Salford


Salford Museum and Art Gallery, a classic red brick Victorian edifice, began life as the UK’s first free library and this proud heritage of showcasing art to all continues to this day. Check out the work of local artists and photographers in the ever... more

DLI Museum & Durham Art Gallery

DLI Museum & Durham Art Gallery, Aykley Heads, Durham

Aykley Heads, Durham


The DLI Museum & Durham Art Gallery is home to the treasures of The Durham Light Infantry, County Durham´s own regiment. It charts the history of the dli from 1758-1968 through the eyes of the soldiers who fought and their families back home. The... more

Astley Hall Museum & Art Gallery

Astley Hall Museum & Art Gallery, Astley Park, Chorley, Lancashire

Astley Park, Chorley


Dating back to the 1570s, Astley Hall in Chorley is surrounded by the beautiful Astley Park with its woodland, lake and Victorian walled garden. Inside, the museum and gallery house more than 330 works of art (by the likes of Paul Nash and Graham... more

Abbey House Museum

Abbey House Museum, Abbey Walk, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Abbey Walk, Kirkstall, Leeds


There’s something endlessly fascinating about the creative, inventive, eccentric Victorian era and when a museum manages to convey what life was like for inhabitants of that era, it’s a thing of beauty. Abbey House Museum in Leeds, which has garnered... more

Hull University Art Collection

Hull University Art Collection, The University of Hull, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

The University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull


This small outstanding University of Hull Art Collection specialises in paintings, sculpture, drawings and prints produced in Britain between 1890 and 1940. Included are works by Beardsley, Sickert, Steer, Lucien Pissarro, John, Spencer, Wyndham... more

Durham University Oriental Museum

Durham University Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham

Elvet Hill, Durham


Durham University Oriental Museum opened in 1960, and is the only museum of its kind in the country devoted solely to Oriental art and archaeology. The collections explore cultures that range from Ancient Egypt to Imperial China and modern Japan to... more

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Castle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria

Castle Street, Carlisle


Tullie House Museum has refurbished two of its permanent galleries to improve the display of its nationally important collection of Pre-Raphaelite art. This exciting development incorporates new interpretation including an innovative multimedia... more

The Ruskin Museum

The Ruskin Museum, Yewdale Road, Coniston, Cumbria

Yewdale Road, Coniston


The Ruskin Museum is acclaimed by the Rough Guide to The Lake District, as `the most thought-provoking in the Lakes´. Telling the story of Coniston from the Stone Age to the Jet Era, it provides a masterly introduction to Coniston´s two blue-eyed... more

Hat Works Museum

Hat Works Museum, Wellington Road South, Stockport, Greater Manchester

Wellington Road South, Stockport


If you have ever wondered where the phrase mad as a hatter comes from then get yourself down to the Hat Works Museum in Stockport, a delightful little attraction that traces the history of this industry and its links with the town. This is the only... more

York Castle Museum

York Castle Museum, Eye of York, York, North Yorkshire

Eye of York, York


York Castle Museum, housed in two converted 18th century prison buildings, includes reconstructed Victorian and Edwardian streets, shops and merchandise - experience four hundred years of fascinating social history. A collection of rooms have been... more

Hartlepool Art Gallery

Hartlepool Art Gallery, Victoria Church, Hartlepool, Cleveland & Teesside

Victoria Church, Church Square, Hartlepool


If you want to really discover more about a location, it is often well worth visiting the local art gallery and Hartlepool Art Gallery is no exception. This wonderful art space, set within a superbly restored Victorian church, showcases some amazing... more

Museums Sheffield: Millennium Gallery

Museums Sheffield: Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate, Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Arundel Gate, Sheffield


Featuring fabulous art, design and craft in the heart of Sheffield, the Millennium Gallery showcases the city’s unique heritage, including the metalwork for which the city is so renowned. Subject matter is as varied as work from a modern soundscape... more

Shipley Art Gallery

Shipley Art Gallery, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear

Prince Consort Road, Gateshead


The Shipley Art Gallery combines a dazzling display of jewellery, ceramics, textiles and furniture alongside stunning historical artworks. Over 700 breathtaking pieces by the county´s leading craft makers and a collection of paintings including Dutch... more

Walker Art Gallery

Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, Liverpool, Merseyside

William Brown Street, Liverpool


All the family are welcome at the Walker Art Gallery, one of the finest art galleries in Europe. Covering art from medieval times to the 21st century, the gallery is a treasure trove just waiting to be discovered. Get up close to Tudor portraits of... more

Scarborough Art Gallery

Scarborough Art Gallery, The Crescent, Scarborough, North Yorkshire

The Crescent, Scarborough


Scarborough Art Gallery, situated in Scarborough’s Regency Crescent just off the town centre, houses the Borough’s fine art collection. Our Gallery spaces tell the story of the town and its various influences over the years through the wonderful... more

Peter Scott Gallery

Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University, Lancaster, Lancashire

Lancaster University, Lancaster


The Peter Scott Gallery presents a varied programme of temporary exhibitions and associated events. The gallery is located on Lancaster University Campus and houses the University´s International Art Collection. The University´s stunning collection... more

The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Durham

Barnard Castle


One of the most important museums outside London, the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle contains the greatest collection of European fine art and decorative arts in the north of England. The collections are displayed over three floors of this... more

Bury Art Museum

Bury Art Museum, Moss Street, Bury, Greater Manchester

Moss Street, Bury


Bury Art Museum opened in 1901 thanks to the generosity of the children of local paper manufacturer Thomas Wrigley. To commemorate Queen Victoria´s Diamond Jubilee in 1897, they presented the town with their father´s art collection which included... more

Leeds Art Gallery

Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire

The Headrow, Leeds


Anyone who thinks you have to travel to London to see seminal collections, should head off to Leeds Art Gallery. This amazing venue in the Headrow in the city’s cultural quarter has a collection to rival anything in the capital and includes a... more

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Burdon Road, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear

Burdon Road, Sunderland


At the Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, the story of Sunderland from its prehistoric past through to the present day is told by hands-on exhibits and interactive displays. The Art Gallery shows paintings by L S Lowry alongside Victorian... more

The Pencil Museum

The Pencil Museum, Southey Works, Keswick, Cumbria

Southey Works, Greta Bridge, Keswick


You’ll enter the Cumberland Pencil Museum through a replica of the Seathwaite mine where graphite was first discovered and from there take a turn around the surprisingly fascinating history of the pencil. So what’s to see? Well, I rather like the... more

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