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Nicholson Museum and Art Gallery

Nicholson Museum and Art Gallery

The Nicholson is a grade II listed building that was bequeathed to the public by Mill owner Joshua Nicholson in 1884. It is one of only three buildings in the country that is still being used for the purpose that it was originally bequeathed.

Nicholson Museum and Art Gallery
Nicholson Museum and Art Gallery
Leek Nicholson Museum
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The ground floor of the Nicholson is home to Leek Library and the first floor houses the Nicholson Art Gallery and Museum. There is also a museum shop and local studies room. The Art Gallery is available for hire for events such as talks, performances and workshops. It has a small stage and can seat 100 people.

The Museum displays reflect the rich social history of the area and many artefacts relate to the Silk Industry including embroideries by the Leek Embroidery Society. Also on display are valuable oil paintings, costume, ceramics and glassware. Some displays will run for 3 months others are more permanent. Our private collections case displays an array of items collected by the public.

The Art Gallery hosts around eight exhibitions a year supported by a lively events schedule. Exhibitions are programmed to appeal to a variety of tastes, please see our website for details. During the summer months exhibitions are chosen of national importance to appeal to visitors to the area and childrens activities take place during school holidays.