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Medieval coins, 17th century plasterwork and a unique valveless car - discover Tolson Museum's Top 10 treasures!

David Brown valveless car is top of the pops

If you're stuck for something to do with the kids this half term, why not visit Tolson Museum and see if you can find their top 10 treasures!

Museum staff chose these items, which are on permanent display in the museum, because they all have a story to tell about the area and the people who live here.

The museum, which is under threat of closure because of expensive repairs, is open from Tuesday to Friday, 11am to 5pm, and noon to 5pm on weekends.

See the top 10 below!

Tolson Museum's top 10 treasures

1. Valveless Car, David Brown Gears

There were four versions of the Valveless, but only a few hundred were made. This car was found in South Africa and was restored by David Brown Industries Ltd.

2. Huddersfield Town train name plate

Huddersfield Town train name plate

A reminder of the great days of Huddersfield Town in the 1930s, this Huddersfield Town nameplate was fitted to the London & North Eastern Railway “Sandringham” class 4-6-0 locomotive 61653, built at Darlington in April 1936.

3. Knurrs, spell and pommel

Knurrs, spell and pommel

Knurr and Spell used to be a hugely popular game in Yorkshire. The spell is a wooden board with a spring-loaded cup and spikes to get a good grip in a field, while the knurr was a ball about 4cm in diameter.

4. The Whitley Beaumont ceilings

Look up to see ceilings which were originally part of Whitley Beaumont Hall near Huddersfield, dating from the early 17th century.

5. The Woodsome Panels

The Woodsome Panels

These wooden panels were painted in 1567 for John Kaye, who lived at Woodsome Hall. In 1922 Woodsome Hall became a golf club and the panels were sold at auction.

6. The Netherton Hoard

The Netherton Hoard

This collection of coins was found in Spring Wood, Netherton. They were buried for safe keeping during the English Civil War. The 81 coins date from the 1550s to the 1640s.

7. The Skelmanthorpe Flag

The Skelmanthorpe Flag

This cotton flag or banner is a rare survivor of thousands of banners carried at meetings calling for electoral reform and suffrage.It was designed and made in Skelmanthorpe in 1819, to honour the victims of the Peterloo massacre in Manchester.

8. View of Huddersfield by William Cowen, 1849

View of Huddersfield by William Cowen, 1849

This oil painting of Huddersfield from Ashes Lane by William Cowen was painted in 1849. William Cowen (1791-1864) was born in Rotherham.

9. Cropping tool

Cropping tool

The cropper’s shears could weigh 18-27kg. They were worked by depressing the wooden peg or nog. This had a lever action which pushed the blades together to cut off the nap from the cloth. The spring then pulled the blades apart and the shears were moved along the cloth.

10. Mrs Sunderland's Desk

Mrs Sunderland's Desk

Mrs Susan Sunderland was an acclaimed soprano and a founding member of Huddersfield Choral Society. The Mrs Sunderland Music Festival began with a concert to mark her golden wedding anniversary in 1888. What followed has grown into a nine-day annual festival which has taken place every year except 1940.



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