Located in the town
centre, Pontefract Museum offers a warm and friendly welcome. Here you can
discover the history of Pontefract told with fascinating objects housed in a
beautiful art nouveau building. Built in 1904 as the town's original library,
the building still contains many of its original fittings. There are intricate
door handles and matching chairs, and beautiful tiles that decorate the
entrance and staircase.
The Pontefract Gallery tells the story of Pontefract and its
people, revealing the area's outstanding history and bringing to life an
exciting and often surprising past. Charting the history of Pontefract and the
people that have lived, worked and played here, this exhibition boasts the
world's first secret ballot box and a unique display of objects related to Liquorice.
The Ackworth Hoard was found recently buried in a
garden in Ackworth inside a pot made locally in Wrenthorpe. The hoard is made
up of 52 gold and 539 silver coins and a single gold ring, and some of these
treasures are on display here. Dating from the Civil War, it is the only hoard
known from the Wakefield District and has a distinct Royalist association.
The Bagley's Glass Room tells the remarkable story of the
area's rich and important glass industry. The exhibition explores the history
of glass-making in the area from Roman times to the present day, with many
items from the museum's large collection of Bagley's
Glass on display.
The Special Exhibition Gallery showcases a varied programme of
displays inspired by the museum's collections along with loans from other
people and places, and is a space to share our work with local groups.
Room can be
visited in order to explore Pontefract's fascinating history. Our excellent
collection of reference material includes books, articles, photographs and