Find interesting museums, visitor centres and places of historical interest to visit in our mini directory:

Colne Valley Museum

Colne Valley Museum building
Colne Valley Museum soldiers

Colne Valley Museum in Golcar, near Huddersfield, occupies a terrace of four 3-storey cottages called Spring Rock, built in the 1840s by a family of independent woollen cloth makers whose descendants still live in the village.

The museum provides insights into the lives of 19th century makers of woollen cloth within the domestic setting. A grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund enabled the creation of a complete period cottage depicting the lifestyle of a 19th century handloom weaver. The volunteer members demonstrate weaving, spinning, clog making, breadmaking and other traditional crafts at various times.

Within the cottages are spinning wheels, hand looms, a working replica Spinning Jenny and other items used in woollen cloth production, while at the rear are tenter posts, from elsewhere in the valley, and ‘wuzzing holes’.

On February 24th & 25th 2018 we will be making Havercakes (oatcakes) in our Victorian kitchen – come and try a ‘traycle shauve’! – and His Majesty’s 33rd Regiment of Foot (aka The Havercake Lads) will be visiting on the Sunday, looking for recruits no doubt!

Derby Museums

The whole family is invited to Derby Museums this February Half Term. Celebrate World Pangolin Day, have a go at creating your own currency and meet local soldiers to learn about military life. As well as these Half Term treats, you can take part in Family Friday, The Art Hub and Georgian Jollies – our regular Fantastic and Free activities, at Derby Museums. | 01332 641901

Adult and child colouring in together

Devonport Naval Heritage Centre and submarine Courageous

Explore the history of Devonport Naval Base together with Plymouth’s pivotal role in supporting the Royal Navy since the 14th century.  The museum galleries display a vast array of artefacts from the ‘Days of Sail’ up to the modern Royal Navy.  The Heritage Centre and the decommissioned nuclear submarine Courageous are FREE for admission and open to visitors by appointment.  For details and booking arrangements, please visit our web site or call the booking number below.

01752 552326 // www.

Devonport Navel Heritage centre

Hull Museum

The museum houses spectacular natural history and archaeology displays.  Highlights include the only dinosaur bones discovered in East Yorkshire, JR Mortimer’s collections from Yorkshire barrows and the massive Iron Age Hasholme  logboat.  A reconstruction of a Roman town square houses  stunning mosaics, and medieval Hull is brought to life in galleries filled with rare survivals.


Telephone: 01482 614330


The North Grimstone sword

The Museum of Free Derry

Ireland’s only dedicated civil rights museum, the Museum of Free Derry, invites NI post-primary pupils to avail of a unique TEO-funded schools programme - offering FREE admission to schools who book to visit both the Museum of Free Derry and the Siege Museum before 31 March 2018.

To book, contact:

Tel: 028 71 360880.


Museum of Free Derry

RNLI Henry Blogg Museum

Coxswain Henry Blogg is still the RNLI’s most decorated lifeboat crew member. During 53 years of service he was awarded three gold and four silver RNLI medals for his bravery, skill and determination to rescue people from the sea. This museum features his most famous rescues. Find out about the people, boats and equipment that made it all possible. There is lifeboat ‘kit’ to try on for yourself, model boats, Morse code practice and more in this family-friendly museum. 

Admission is free.


Tel: 01263 511294


Children at the RNLI Henry Blogg museum

The Dylan Thomas Centre

Home to the free ‘Love the Words’ exhibition; the Dylan Thomas Centre prides itself on celebrating the life and times of Dylan Thomas. With interactive displays, an extensive learning and outreach programme and guided tours available, the Dylan Thomas Centre is a must-visit attraction for any Dylan fan. 


Contact number: 01792 463980


Dylan Thomas exhibition

60 words

Wrap up warm and head to the Museum for creative activities with a folklore theme this half-term, including trails, arts and crafts, and spectacular stories to inspire all of your family! Most activities are indoors and run from 11am-3pm. Come and explore our 50 historic homes and buildings, and meet friendly farm animals. Dogs on leads are welcome. Free parking.

01243 811363


Market square

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Our members have undergone post-graduate education to diploma level and beyond, adhere to a professional code and specialise in different areas within genealogy. See our website for more, including member profiles and how to get in touch.