Traditional skills will be revived this weekend when Colne Valley Museum opens its doors to show visitors how to create crafts from eras past.
The art of hand spinning, using the drop spindle, the cottage wheel and the Saxony wheel and hand loom weaving will all be on show, thanks to the museum’s volunteers, to demonstrate the skills of the cottage textile industry, which played a major part in the growth of the area.
A working model of a Spinning Jenny, believed to be one of only three in the country, will also be on display at the two-day event, alongside Victorian domestic crafts, such as lace making, patchwork, quilling and embroidery and more modern takes on the past time.
They will be just some of the old world activities on offer at the heritage community museum at Cliffe Ash, Golcar, on October 4 and 5, which has been helping to keep traditional crafts alive for over 44 years.
The art of clogs will be showcased in the Edwardian clog-maker’s shop, which was reconstructed with the contents of Mr. Alan Parkin’s shop in Slaithwaite, while the smell of baked bread will tempt visitors down to the Victorian kitchen, where a team will be producing harvest sheafs, made in celebration of British food fortnight.
Later this year the museum will find out whether it’s Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) bid to fulfil the volunteer’s long-held hope to convert one of the rooms of the 170-year-old building into a period bedroom and complete the restoration of a weaver’s cottage, has been successful.
Trustee, Janet Jobber, who has led the Museum’s HLF team, said: “We have worked extremely hard since we first acquired the end cottage and shop in 2008 in order to fulfil the requirements of the application and have done our very best with it - we are now waiting with bated breath and everyone has their fingers crossed.
“Our Working Craft Weekend is an opportunity to show visitors that we are not just about preserving an old building and its contents, but also the traditional skills used in the Victorian era and which we don’t want to lose.”
The museum will be open from 12.30- 5pm and entry costs are £2.50 for adults, £2 for concessions and free for accompanied children.
For Further details on the museum, go to www.colnevalleymuseum.org.uk.