The Tolson Memorial Museum, also referred to as the Tolson Museum is located within Ravensknowle Hall, a Victorian mansion positioned on Wakefield Road in Huddersfield. The museum presents a vibrant and captivating depiction of Huddersfield and its inhabitants, spanning from ancient times to the contemporary era, through its unique collection. Within its premises, you can explore an array of intriguing artefacts, including Roman discoveries, textiles, an aviary, historical vehicles, exhibits related to the First World War, and much more.
The history of Ravensknowle, once encompassing farmland on the outskirts of Dalton in the Kirkheaton parish, dates back to 1832 when a portion of the Ravensknowle estate was acquired by a Huddersfield banker named Thomas Wilson. He erected a lodge at the entrance on Ravensknowle Road, a property that was later purchased by his nephew John Beaumont in 1850. Subsequently, John Beaumont, utilizing the architectural expertise of Richard Tress, a London architect, undertook the construction of Ravensknowle Hall (now Tolson Museum) between 1859 and 1862.
From 1862 to 1919, the estate remained within the same family lineage, transitioning from one relative to another. During the First World War, Ravensknowle Hall was owned and inhabited by Legh Tolson. The tragic deaths of his nephews, Robert Huntriss Tolson and James Martin Tolson, in the war, prompted him to offer the Hall and a portion of the surrounding grounds to the people of Huddersfield as a memorial, leading to the establishment of the museum.
For those with an interest in art galleries, the Tolson Museum boasts a wealth of heritage and collections to peruse. The museum continues to host events, workshops, family-oriented activities, and educational tours. Furthermore, a dynamic roster of special exhibitions centred around Huddersfield and its historical context enhances the museum’s offerings. The serene memorial garden located at the rear of the museum provides a pleasant retreat, catering to all age groups. A visit to the Tolson Memorial Museum and Ravensknowle Park promises an enjoyable family outing, complete 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
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