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“Currently an absolute must for Arts & Crafts fans in a tiny local museum” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Nicholson Institute Gallery and Museum

Nicholson Institute Gallery and Museum
Stockwell Street, Leek ST13 6DW, England
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Ranked #7 of 14 Attractions in Leek
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Currently an absolute must for Arts & Crafts fans in a tiny local museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

We went to learn something about Leek history and found that the exhibition space and the lecture theatre had been taken over by a very well researched and curated exhibition of the Leek Embroidery Society, which came as a complete surprise. Small local museums have not usually the ability to put on exhibitions of this calibre and we spend a very happy hour in the Institute. One of the curators was on site (pretending to just mind the exhibits) and gave a great 'beyond the exhibits' lecture.
The Institute also houses the library and the local studies section which has quite a collection of material (although I would wait until the end of the exhibition, if you intend to do any serious research, as the studies room has been temporarily 'annexed').
All in all, I was impressed with the place and with the enthusiasm of the staff and am glad I came and visited.

Visited August 2013
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“Arts & Crafts Textiles - William Morris , Embroidery & Oatcakes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

I've always loved Leek but tend to stop quickly going back to London, for a quick oatcake (lots of choice, both Staffordshire & Derbyshire varieties!) But stayed longer this time and looked at the WONDERFUL Nicholson Institute Museum which houses an exhibition about the importat nineteenth century Leek Embroidery Society. Mrs Wardle's husband was the chap who taught William Morris all he knew about silk dyes and supplied Liberty and their Arts & Crafts customers with glorious silks in fast colours (Wardle was a great inventor & innovator in colour). The current show describes the historical, sociological and artistic growth of the Society who worked with leading designers to produce stupendous work. We were thrilled to meet the two curators of the exhibition who gave us lots of time to share their enthusiasm and great knowledge. (Not a large museum- we spent around an hour there.) The building itself is staggering. It's now part of the Library and College and very Arts & Crafts, lovely. Look up to see what exhibitions are coming up. Leek is well worth a stop anyway, but the Nicholson is worth paying for longer in the market place car park.

Visited July 2013
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