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“Golcar Lilly day visit” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Colne Valley Museum

Colne Valley Museum
Ranked #16 of 51 things to do in Huddersfield
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: a visit to this museum enables you to imagine what life in the 1850's was like and is therefore a moving experience. there is no admission fee but donations are greatly appreciated as the museum is run by volunteers.
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Golcar Lilly day visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2014

Great to see an example of what some of there houses would of previously been like in the area. Nice little cafe also (not really advertised as a cafe but good brews and cakes) perfect to finish of the walk around deceptively bigger than it looks from the outside

Visited May 2014
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West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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“A trip back in time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2014

An excellent place to visit to see how cloth was made and turned into cloths, the cafe is great for buns and cake and the team are on hand to explain how things work and the history of the woollen trade.

Visited May 2014
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Oldham, United Kingdom
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“Well worth a visit!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2014

Recently had a weekend in huddersfield and thought i would visit the Colne Valley museum. wow what an amazing little place to visit. It was a lovely insightful trip and well worth a visit.

Visited May 2014
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Aylesbury
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“What a find!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2014

A great little museum. Superb staff/volunteers who insisted on giving full explanations about the local trades of yesteryear. A real delight!

Visited May 2014
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Blackheath london
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“A little gem nestling in the Pennines don't miss it!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

I love little museums and these that are so close to the life story of people in a very unusual and distinct community are particularly compelling.The industrialisation of the beautiful area around Huddersfield and the Colne Holme and Calder values is a fascinating story well related in this charming museum.The transition from isolated Pennines farming communities dependent on sheep,spinning and weaving on hand looms in the upper rooms of weavers cottages is documented brilliantly.
The industrial revolution happened here due to the coincidence of cheap energy,the fast running water from the Pennines powered the water mills, high skills developed in spinning and weaving,the habit of hard work and saving and the miraculous growth of talented entrepreneurs.
This is the warp and weft of the life depicted here, it reminds us of the good times the wealth that becoming the world centre for the finest worsted s and woollens brought to the ares also the hard times the exploitation and cruelty of the manufacturing system that chained children to machinery and enslaved many in drudgery.The working people of this unique area responded by creating a whole set of social and economic structures to protect against the vagaries of industrial life,cooperatives workers industrial ones as well as cooperative shops long before their cousins in Rochdale the other side of the hills.Building societies and other mutuals such as holiday clubs burial clubs let alone after the Luddite rebellions trade unions and the Independent Labour Party the ILP.All well documented here as is the myth that the Luddites were spoilers against change and progress in industry,they were in fact working men and women conscious of the abrogation of traditional fair pay based on traditional Guild arrangements,desperate to provide for the sustenance of their families and communities.
All this combined with the growth of a vigorous and independent non - conformist chapel movement lead to the area leading the way in progressive politics indeed Colne Valley electing th first Independent Labour Party Member of Parliament to Westminster.
This is a museum which will tell you all about these communities and much more, here you will get a real insight into the determination the spirit and the high ideals of a special bit of the English working class!

Visited February 2013
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