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A 1980 Tour of Tolson Museum

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A Guided Tour of Tolson Memorial Museum

Tolson Memorial Museum opened in 1922.   The building was given Huddersfield by Legh Tolson in memory of his nephews who died in the First World War.    The early museumís collections came from various sources: the Huddersfield Technical College Museum, whose collections were based on those of the Mechanics Institute, and the collections of individuals, including Seth Lister Mosley, the museumís first curator. 

Tolson Museum is South Kirkleesí museum, serving Huddersfield and the Valleys.   It houses specialist galleries about natural history, transport, textiles and local history, from archaeology to the industrial revolution to the Twentieth Century.   Naturally the museum has changed over time as displays change.  Do come and visit the new Community Heritage Gallery when it opens in 2011.

Here is a chance to see the museum as it was in the past, using previously unpublished photographs, some of which date back to the 1950s. 

Watch the video and take a guided tour around Tolson Museum circa 1980. 

Do you remember the Half Animals of Tolson?    What was your favourite part of the museum?   

Visit the museumís website (see Related Links below) to see the Top Ten Treasures selected by staff, and send an email to tell us what your favourite object is to   It doesnít have to be one of our Top Ten!   

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