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Red House Museum, Gomersal
Oxford Road
Gomersal
nr Cleckheaton

BD19 4JP
Contact
Telephone: 01274 335 100
Fax: 01274 335105

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Overview of collections

Kirklees Cultural Services has centralised collection storage and uses the museums, mainly historic houses, for display. The Service's collections cover the full range of subject areas from agriculture to zoology. The collections are described mainly under Tolson Memorial Museum qv, but Costume and ethnography are described here.

Overview of how collections are displayed

Red House was home to the Taylor family who were cloth merchants and manufacturers. Mary Taylor,in the 19th Century, was a close friend of Charlotte Bronte, who visited often and she featured the house as 'Briarmains' in 'Shirley'. Red House still looks very much as it would have in Charlotte's day, each room bringing visitors a step closer to the 1830s. The garden was recreated from 19th Century maps. 'The Secret's Out' exhibition in the barn where there are items owned and used by the Bronte family and Charlotte's connection with the Spen Valley and her friendships with Mary Taylor and Ellen Nussey. 'Spen Valley Stories' exhibition in the restored cartsheds relives the 20th Century memories of local people, using a mixture of pictures, mementoes and a touchscreen terminal.
Collection Descriptions
Costume & Textile Collection (Red House Museum, Gomersal)
Collection is uneven, but strogest for Ladies' clothing from 1860 to 1920. Mantles, dresses in particular wedding dre...
Ethnography Collection (Red House Museum, Gomersal)
Small collection including material from Africa, the Americas and Asia especially the Indian sub-continent

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