Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery

Dating back to the 1880’s the Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery dominates the skyline of Leek and today is home to a collection of impressive oil paintings, ceramics, local history and a fine selection of the famous Leek Embroideries.

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In days gone by many distinguished figures passed through the doors, including renowned Arts & Crafts designer William Morris and D. H. Lawrence along with other celebrity artists and writers. Famous faces from all over the world came to the Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery where it came alive with music recitals and lectures by the likes of Oscar Wilde and John Betjeman.
Come along and visit the Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery where throughout the year you will find a regular rolling programme of exhibitions and events. Delight in stepping back in time to enjoy some of Leek’s facinating history.

Free Admission.

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History of the Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery

The Nicholson was officially opened on 16th October 1884 and cost £20,000. It was commissioned by Joshua Nicholson, a local mill owner, who bequeathed the building as a gift to the people. It housed a museum, library, art gallery and school of art. Joshua Nicholson wanted to give the ordinary people an alternative to the Public House.
The building was designed by the Leek based architects William Sugden & Son in the Queen Anne style. Sugden was also the architect for other inspirational buildings which give Leek its special character. Incorporating an art gallery, library and now a museum, the Nicholson is one of only three buildings in the country which is being used for its original purpose. Guided tours of the Nicholson can be arranged for a minimum of four people. Please call the library on 01538 483209 to make an appointment.

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Opening Details

Open Monday – Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays

For more information contact:-
The Tourist Information Centre

tel: 01538 395530
email: tourism@staffsmoorlands.gov.uk
web: Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery

 

Nicholson Musuem & Art Gallery, Stockwell Street, Leek,  ST13 6DW

Upcoming Events
Nov
13
Wed
8:00 am Leek’s Indoor Market @ The Butter Market
Leek’s Indoor Market @ The Butter Market
Nov 13 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Leek's Indoor Market @ The Butter Market | England | United Kingdom
Leek’s indoor Victorian Butter Market is open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 8am – 4pm with 20 traditional traders including fresh fruit and vegetables, quality butcher, fresh fish, a farm shop, home accessories, gifts, ladies[...]
9:00 am Leek’s Outdoor Market @ Market Place & Sparrow Park
Leek’s Outdoor Market @ Market Place & Sparrow Park
Nov 13 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Leek's Outdoor Market @ Market Place & Sparrow Park | England | United Kingdom
Leek’s traditional Wednesday outdoor market is well worth a visit enjoying over forty stalls, selling a wide variety including local food stalls, homewares and clothing. The stalls trail through the town centre mingling with the[...]
Nov
15
Fri
8:00 am Leek’s Indoor Market @ The Butter Market
Leek’s Indoor Market @ The Butter Market
Nov 15 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Leek's Indoor Market @ The Butter Market | England | United Kingdom
Leek’s indoor Victorian Butter Market is open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 8am – 4pm with 20 traditional traders including fresh fruit and vegetables, quality butcher, fresh fish, a farm shop, home accessories, gifts, ladies[...]
Nov
16
Sat
8:00 am Leek’s Indoor Market @ The Butter Market
Leek’s Indoor Market @ The Butter Market
Nov 16 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Leek's Indoor Market @ The Butter Market | England | United Kingdom
Leek’s indoor Victorian Butter Market is open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 8am – 4pm with 20 traditional traders including fresh fruit and vegetables, quality butcher, fresh fish, a farm shop, home accessories, gifts, ladies[...]
8:30 am Antique & Collectors Market @ The Market Place
Antique & Collectors Market @ The Market Place
Nov 16 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Antique & Collectors Market (Archer Fairs Ltd) – held outdoors every Saturday.Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestEmailPrint
9:00 am Leek Farmers & Craft Market @ Leek Market Place
Leek Farmers & Craft Market @ Leek Market Place
Nov 16 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Leek Farmers & Craft Market @ Leek Market Place | Leek | England | United Kingdom
Leek Farmers’ Market in conjunction with Archer Fairs popular Vintage, Collectable and Craft stalls fills Leek Market Place with some of the finest local food and drink available. With a mix of food & drink[...]
Nov
20
Wed
8:00 am Leek’s Indoor Market @ The Butter Market
Leek’s Indoor Market @ The Butter Market
Nov 20 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Leek's Indoor Market @ The Butter Market | England | United Kingdom
Leek’s indoor Victorian Butter Market is open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 8am – 4pm with 20 traditional traders including fresh fruit and vegetables, quality butcher, fresh fish, a farm shop, home accessories, gifts, ladies[...]
9:00 am Leek’s Outdoor Market @ Market Place & Sparrow Park
Leek’s Outdoor Market @ Market Place & Sparrow Park
Nov 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Leek's Outdoor Market @ Market Place & Sparrow Park | England | United Kingdom
Leek’s traditional Wednesday outdoor market is well worth a visit enjoying over forty stalls, selling a wide variety including local food stalls, homewares and clothing. The stalls trail through the town centre mingling with the[...]
Nov
22
Fri
8:00 am Leek’s Indoor Market @ The Butter Market
Leek’s Indoor Market @ The Butter Market
Nov 22 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Leek's Indoor Market @ The Butter Market | England | United Kingdom
Leek’s indoor Victorian Butter Market is open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 8am – 4pm with 20 traditional traders including fresh fruit and vegetables, quality butcher, fresh fish, a farm shop, home accessories, gifts, ladies[...]
Nov
23
Sat
8:00 am Leek’s Indoor Market @ The Butter Market
Leek’s Indoor Market @ The Butter Market
Nov 23 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Leek's Indoor Market @ The Butter Market | England | United Kingdom
Leek’s indoor Victorian Butter Market is open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 8am – 4pm with 20 traditional traders including fresh fruit and vegetables, quality butcher, fresh fish, a farm shop, home accessories, gifts, ladies[...]