In 1988 Clement Roebuck bequeathed his personal art collection to the museum. Roebuck had an interest in art for most of his adult life. He did not consider himself to be an art expert but claimed to have an eye for pictures, particularly for the work of emerging artists. Pieces in his collection were purchased mainly from London galleries or from the artists themselves, and his varied choices show an instinctive approach to the visual arts rather than a focused or directed one.
A changing selection of the Roebuck collection is always on display at the museum and all 145 pieces in the collection can be seen in the online gallery.
If you would like to enquire about this collection or would like further information simply get in touch with a member of our curatorial team.
Roebuck Homes Trust
Clement's father, Harry Roebuck, constructed Roebuck Memorial Homes in 1932, in memory of Clement's brother Leonard, who died during the First World War. The homes were built to provide homes for the elderly residents of Huddersfield who were known to three local churches. Huddersfield Town Council provided the land and created a Trust. This Trust was registered with the Charity Commission and the Almshouses Association.
The Roebuck Homes Trust is still active and is currently working on projects to restore the Memorial Homes and gardens, if you are interest in getting involved you can find more information at the Roebuck Homes Trust website.