The Museums and Galleries service hold collections of local, national and international significance on behalf of the people of Kirklees.

Collections highlights

From textiles to engineering, from music to sport, from world cultures to natural history, your collections tell the stories of the people of Kirklees.

We look after objects on display as well as many research collections held in store. We rotate our collections regularly through temporary exhibitions and outreach programmes so that more people have the chance to see more things.

The Tolson Half Pig is one of Tolson Museum's favourite objects on display, an early twentieth century taxidermy specimen, showing his skeleton on one side and his coat on the other. He even has a Twitter account, promoting events in Huddersfield.

You can explore the Top Ten objects at Tolson Museum online and take a tour of Oakwell Hall.

Other collections

Sustainable Collections

We are exploring innovative ways to ensure that we can care for our collections and people can continue to enjoy them in the future through an Arts Council England Resilience funded project called Sustainable Collections. The project focuses on working with partners and our fabulous friends and volunteers to increase access to the collection.

Arts council england, lottery funded

Collections management

The Kirklees collections have grown over the last century, which means there are a lot of objects to look after from all round the district.

To ensure that we can care for our collections in the future, we constantly review the collections so that we can manage them according to the resources available.

We are an Accredited museums service and to meet the Museums Association's Accreditation standard, we work to the Museums Association's Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Disposal. Detailed information about the range of our collections and how we manage them can be found in our Collections Development Policy, which was approved by Kirklees Council's Cabinet in May 2012 and will be reviewed in 2017.

Museum questions and enquiries

For questions about the museum collections speak to a museum team member, who will pass on your enquiry to the curators.

For books and local history you can get in contact with Huddersfield Library's local studies department.

For enquiries about paper based items, rather than objects, you can get in contact with the West Yorkshire Archive Service.