The Tolson Memorial Museum, also known as Tolson Museum, is situated in Ravensknowle Hall, a Victorian mansion on Wakefield Road, Huddersfield. The museum portrays a vivid and intriguing picture of Huddersfield and its people, from prehistory to the present day, through a unique collection. You can experience a variety of fascinating things including Roman finds, textiles, a bird room, vehicles from the past, First World War exhibitions and much more.
The history of Ravensknowle, once farmland on the edges of Dalton in the parish of Kirkheaton dates to 1832 when part of the Ravensknowle estate was bought by a Huddersfield banker, Thomas Wilson. He built a lodge at the Ravensknowle Road entrance, which was bought by his nephew John Beaumont in 1850. The Ravensknowle Hall (now Tolson Museum) was built by John Beaumont between 1859-62 and was designed by a London architect, Richard Tress.
Between 1862 to 1919, the estate remained in the same family, passing from relatives to relatives. Legh Tolson owned and lived at Ravensknowle Hall during the First World War. In 1919, the deaths of his nephews Robert Huntriss Tolson and James Martin Tolson in the war inspired him to present the Hall and part of the grounds to the people of Huddersfield as a memorial for the museum.
If you have an interest in galleries, then Tolson Museum holds plenty of heritage and collections for you to look at. The museum continues to offer events, workshops, family activities, and educational visits. You can also experience a lively program of special exhibitions on Huddersfield and its history.
The memorial garden at the back is very pleasant and there is something to please all ages. You can enjoy a great family day at Tolson Memorial Museum and Ravensknowle Park with a playground, gift shop and refreshments.
- Opening Hours: Sat and Sun: 12 PM – 5 PM
- Entry Fee: Entry is free
- Location: Ravensknowle Park, Wakefield Road, Moldgreen, Huddersfield HD5 8DJ
- Distance from Fortune Hotel: 13-minute drive
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