A Victorian former mill owner's house set in 36 acres of parkland and ancient woodland, the museum is host to a wide range of unusual and exciting collections from around the world. Come face to face with a Ganges crocodile, explore the interior of an ancient Egyptian tomb, try African drumming, or discover more about iconic local institutions Fox's Biscuits and the Batley Variety club - all under one roof.
Once the home of George Sheard from 1875-1902, this Gothic house became a museum over one hundred years ago in 1911 and was named after its first curator, Walter Bagshaw. Permanent displays include: two Batley local history galleries, the 'Spirit of South Asia' gallery, 'The Kingdom of Osiris' and the Seaside Gallery. There is also a versatile temporary exhibition space that is used to host events and activities.