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Halliwell's House Museum

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Mike L wrote a review Oct 2019
Edinburgh, United Kingdom826 contributions26 helpful votes
My visit to this excellent museum was the highlight of my stay in Selkirk. The museum is situated in part of an 18th Century house, one of the oldest buildings in the town. The ground floor has been partially restored to the way it was when a family was last in residence. It gives a fascinating insight into how the occupants would have lived. Also of interest was the reconstruction of the ironmonger's shop that at one time occupied part of the site. This was full of marvellous details, including many of the original items that would have been on sale. Upstairs the exhibits tell the history of Selkirk itself, with special reference to the Common Riding, which was – and still is – such an important feature of the town. There is a vast amount of fascinating information in the museum. My only regret is that I didn't allow more time for my visit. I arrived in Selkirk late in the afternoon after spending the day on the Borders Abbey Way, and only had a short time before the museum closed. I would recommend a minimum of an hour to see the museum properly. (By the way, if you are also walking the Borders Abbey Way, another reason to visit the museum is that they issue certificates to hikers who have completed the walk.) Admission to the museum is free. Please give them a donation. This is a splendid attraction, beautifully cared for and managed by enthusiastic volunteers, and is definitely worthy of support.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from Live B, Museum & Gallery Assistant at Halliwell's House Museum
Responded Oct 28, 2019
Dear MikeL5587, Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review on Halliwell's House, we're so happy it was the highlight of your visit to Selkirk! We're very proud of our Museum and the stories it tells of the history of Selkirk and it's people, and our enthusiastic Front of House team are a huge valuable asset to the Museum. An hour is definitely a good amount of time to spend here, and throughout the season we also have a changing programme of exhibitions, which will hopefully bring you back for a repeat visit when we reopen in Spring 2020 - we shut at the end of October, but in the meantime thank you for your support.
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Michael wrote a review Oct 2019
5 contributions4 helpful votes
For a free museum halliwells is well worth a visit and very interesting. The woman on the desk is very passionate about halliwells and very helpful for other places of interest in and around the area
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from Live B, Museum & Gallery Assistant at Halliwell's House Museum
Responded Oct 14, 2019
Dear michaell877, Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review on Halliwell's House, we're so glad you found it interesting. We're very proud of our Museum and the stories it tells of the history of Selkirk and it's people, and our Front of House staff are indeed very passionate and valuable members of the team! We hope you come back soon for a repeat visit.
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Dot B wrote a review Sep 2019
3 contributions1 helpful vote
A wonderful small museum, packed with history and interesting information. We loved it! And a very warm greeting from the lady behind the counter too! Thank you.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Live B, Museum & Gallery Assistant at Halliwell's House Museum
Responded Oct 8, 2019
Dear Dot B, Thank you for taking the time to post such a great review of Halliwell's House. Halliwell's is a great place to learn a bit more about the fascinating history and lives of Selkirk and it's people. I'll pass on your lovely comments to our great Front of House team. We hope you will come back for a repeat visit in the not too distant future!
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philipehall11 wrote a review Aug 2019
Leamington Spa, United Kingdom88 contributions34 helpful votes
This is a very informative local museum in a historic part of Selkirk. You get a real insight into the trades, skills and traditions for which Selkirk is noted. It’s very well served by informative staff. And it’s free. You should add this to your “things to do” list.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Live B, Museum & Gallery Assistant at Halliwell's House Museum
Responded Aug 19, 2019
Dear philipehall11, Thank you so much for taking the time to write your lovely comments on Halliwell's. We're so pleased you enjoyed it and found the information useful and interesting. I will pass your comments on to our Front of House staff. We also have a regular changing programme of exhibitions in the Robson Gallery, so hopefully you can make a repeat visit to see what we have one.
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bluelizard wrote a review Aug 2019
N Wales1087 contributions403 helpful votes
Very good small museum located on a cobbled lane between the Market Square and free car park. Has information about the history of Selkirk, the Riding, the buildings origins and more. Pleasant staff. Good selection of information leaflets, local maps and a small selection of gifts. Ramp access and a lift inside for disabled access. Interesting artwork and pottery in the Robson Gallery (changes frequently). Free access but donations welcome (suggested donation of £1).
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Live B, Museum & Gallery Assistant at Halliwell's House Museum
Responded Aug 19, 2019
Dear Bluelizard, Thank you for taking the time to post such a great review of Halliwell's House. We do indeed have a changing programme of exhibitions during the season, the next one opening on 31 August. We hope you will come back for a repeat visit in the not too distant future!
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