Behind the scenes at Bagshaw
We’ve got an opportunity for you to take a peep behind the scenes at Bagshaw Museum in Batley.
What will the tours involve?
As well as going into areas not normally open to the public, the tours will be a chance to learn more about the history of the building which was originally a mansion called ‘The Woodlands’, built by mill owner George Sheard in 1875.
A bit of history
When Sheard died in 1902, no buyer could be found for the elaborate Gothic revival structure which cost £25,000 to build, and so it was acquired by Batley Town Council for a nominal price of £5.
It was converted into a museum by Walter Bagshaw in 1911. It was originally called the Wilton Park Museum but was renamed in honour of its first curator following Walter Bagshaw’s death in 1927.
When are the tours?
Guided tours of the stunning Victorian Gothic building are being run on the first Sunday of the next three months.
Tours are being run 1pm-1.45pm and 2.30pm-3.15pm on Sundays 6 May, 3 June, 1 July.
How do I get involved?
They are free and no booking is necessary – just turn up on the day.
For further information please contact Bagshaw Museum, Wilton Park, Batley on 01924 324765.
Similar ‘behind the scene’ tours are being held at Tolson Museum, Wakefield Road, Huddersfield, on Sundays 20 May, 17 June and 15 July, at 1pm and 2.30pm