Cannon Hall Museum
For almost 300 years Cannon Hall was home to the Spencer-Stanhope family who made their fortune in the local iron industry. In the 1790’s the architect John Carr of York enlarged the hall and redesigned the interior.
In 1957 the Hall opened as a museum, and is home to a collection of art including ceramics, glass, furniture and Old Master paintings, displayed in the Hall’s Georgian and Victorian rooms. Highlights include Mrs Tuder by John Constable, Wheelback Chairs by George Hepplewhite and stunning ceramics by William de Morgan and Moorcroft.
The Hall also houses ‘Charge’, the Regimental Museum of the 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary’s Own) and the Light Dragoons which is a must for anyone interested in military history. Refurbished with assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund, it illustrates the part played by the Regiment in many major battles such as the Charge of the Light Brigade and includes memorabilia dedicated to Lord Baden Powell.
Victoria Jubilee Museum
This unique and exciting, small volunteer run museum can be found in the picturesque village of Cawthorne. The museum is a typical Victorian hotch potch, whichever way you turn there is something to catch the eye of both young and old. There are original collections of butterflies and moths, birds and eggs, fossils, stuffed animals, domestic bygones, war time relics, old school books and memorabilia – the list is endless.
Photography was restricted in both these venues, hence the lack of photographs displayed here, by both properties are well worth a visit.