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Collection Summary

Collection Title
Clarke Hall Collection
Clarke Hall, a late 17th century gentleman's farmers house, contains furniture, textiles, artefacts, books, letters, inventories, facsimilies and other every day items from the period. Reproductions are also acquired.
The collection represents the life of the Clarke family at work and play.
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Location Details

Clarke Hall Educational Museum
Clarke Hall Aberford Road Wakefield West Yorkshire WF1 4AL
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01924 302 700
01924 302 701 
Visiting Information
Opening hours : Mainly for schools for pre-arranged visits. Hall and education centre open to the public for living history open days each year, also year round special weekend and evening events; telephone for further details Car park Disabled parking facilities Adapted toilet Baby changing facilities Full access for disabled visitors to new centre Ground floor access to Clarke Hall
Building Information
Listed Grade II*. Mid 16th to Late 17th century. Brick house of 1542 with east and south wings of 1629. Entrance side is an E with canted angle projections and a square, gabled porch. Two storeys, cross windows later than 1542.It is the only remaining house of its period and style in the Wakefield district that Staircase extends straight from the Hall and there is a Great Chamber over. The Parlour has a swagger ceiling of 1680. Stands in its own historic setting. Gardens include a maze, knot and herb garden and an ornamental moat. Its present name derives from the ownership of Benjamin and Priscilla Clarke who moved here and substantially altered the house when Benjamin was appointed as the steward of the Duke of Norfolk.New admin building in Fold yard to north of main block includes cafe, changing area for children, reference library,multi purpose space including a display area.
Collections Overview
Furnished for educational use of the social and economic lifestyle of the wealthy middle class Clarke family in the 17th and 18th centuries. This includes furniture, textiles, artefacts, books, letters, inventories or facsimilies. Historically researched reproductions are also acquired.
Display Overview
Clarke Hall is a late 17th century gentleman farmer's house, primarily used by schools as an educational resource known locally and nationally for its interpretative educational work with schools who use it every day in term time. The Hall holds special living history Open Days and other events specifically for the wider public. It is completely furnished with the 17th century furniture typical of the family that owned it at that time - the Clarkes. The Hall's principle work is with schools and it is booked every day in term time by schools. The working household is brought to life by the Hall's education staff for pupils to spend a day in experiencing what life was like 350 years ago. For these children Clarke Hall and its collection provides an authentic setting where, working in the role of people of more than 300 years ago, they learn history by experiencing it. This includes preparing a meal using recipes of the times, cooking on the spit roast before the fire, spinning, weaving and making butter. Visitors to the three public Open Days planned every year for five hours the Hall is open. Other special evening events are planned for Summer, Autumn and Christmas. The Visitor Centre with its exhibition 'The Clarkes of Clarke Hall' is now open to the public.
Star Objects
The house and furniture.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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