Ilkley Manor House and Museum, Ilkley

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Manor House Museum, Ilkley, England, was a local heritage museum, art gallery and education centre, established in 1892 to preserve local archaeological artefacts after the spa town expanded and much Roman material was lost. It was re-opened in the present building in 1961 and closed in 2015.History of the museumThe following are key events in the history of the museum: 1892: The museum was established in 1982 by the Museum Committee under the auspices of the Ilkley Ratepayers' Association. This had become urgent when the expansion of the spa town of Ilkley caused disturbance of Roman and other remains under the town. It was said that Roman material was being carried away by the cartload, and local antiquarians had been attempting to rescue and preserve some of these artefacts - but they had nowhere to display them. The present manor house building, known as the "Old Castle" was the committee's first choice, but was too expensive, so they bought the Old Wesleyan Chapel . The opening ceremony was on Thursday 25 August 1892. The Rev. Dr Collyer, who gave the opening speech, asked his audience to guard both the rescued artefacts and the archaeological remains that were still buried under Ilkley. The first curator was Herbert Oxley, who was paid £1 per week. On 14 September it was renamed the Ilkley Museum and Antiquarian Society. 1896: Ilkley Urban District Council took over the museum. Oxley the curator died, to be replaced by his wife. 1908: The museum was moved to the upper floor of the new Public Library, which had been opened in 1907. William Graham took over as curator; he held the post until 1942.
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  • June 2, 2017
    I understand that a local volunteer group are trying to raise funds to try to have some heritage attraction on this site, but as far as I know it is not open yet.  more »
  • April 23, 2017
    This grade I listed building was saved from demolition in 1955 and given to the town. I'm not sure what decisions led it to be in the hands of Bradford Council but there you are. Ilkley is a lovely to...  more »
  • March 15, 2016
    Closed by the local council and currently seeking a volunteer group to run it. When open it wa an excellent small local museum with artefact dating to the Roman times.  more »
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  • Small, but interesting local history museum.
  • Unfortunately closed by Bradford Met Council until further notice!
  • Short on local history otherwise interesting. No access for wheel chairs to upper gallery. Quaint!

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