About social history at the museum

The museum holds a wide-ranging social history collection that tells the story of the local people. Visitors can discover various artefacts relating to home life, working life, childhood and notable people of the Craven area.  There are displays in the museum of lead mining and farming, alongside full-scale machinery used in woodwork and iron ore crushing. The museum also has the first printing press used by the Craven Herald & Pioneer newspaper until the 1960s which has been fully restored by a museum volunteer and is used by one of the museum’s artists in residence.

During your visit you can explore Craven’s past through education, childhood, fashion, law and order, and more. These everyday items are shown alongside displays devoted to notable people from the local area, such as co-founder of Marks and Spencer, Thomas Spencer.

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.

World War Two posters