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About Heptonstall Museum

The atmospheric and authentic Grade II-listed building dates back to 1600. Built as a warehouse, it was converted to a grammar school in 1771 and closed in 1889. The Yorkshire Penny Bank occupied it 1898 until 1954. It became a museum in August 1972.

Following reopening in May 2023, our opening exhibition ‘Criminal Coiners: Life and Death in Wild West Yorkshire’, tells the story of the notorious Cragg Vale Coiners. King” David Hartley’s grave lies in spitting distance from the Museum’s doors, amidst the atmospheric graveyard of St Thomas The Apostle.

Welcoming the community

Regular special events are held relating to its wide-ranging local history, including regular poetry events.

If you are looking to hire an event space, we are now taking bookings for The Old School Room and/or The Undercroft.

NEWS: We’re developing an exciting offering for schools – we’re fundraising and looking for help so get in touch if you have skills to offer with this strand of our programming.

We welcome support via donations/membership and any time you may have to offer as a volunteer.

If you would like to get in touch, please email