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 483741
email: tourism@staffsmoorlands.gov.uk
web: Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery

 

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

Upcoming Events
Mar
4
Sat
9:00 am ‘Couch to 5K’ @ Brough Park
‘Couch to 5K’ @ Brough Park
Mar 4 @ 9:00 am – Dec 30 @ 10:00 am
‘Couch to 5K’ @ Brough Park | England | United Kingdom
Get off the couch and start to get fit or fitter through running, jogging or even walking within the pleasant, traffic free parkland of Brough Park. The aim is to transform you from couch potato[...]
Jul
29
Sat
10:00 am Peak District Artisans @ Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery
Peak District Artisans @ Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery
Jul 29 @ 10:00 am – Aug 26 @ 4:00 pm
Peak District Artisans @ Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery | England | United Kingdom
Peak District Artisans; individual creativity, collective excellence. PDA is an association of artists and designer craftsmen based in and around the Peak District, founded in 1991. Evolving through the years, it has continually promoted high[...]
Aug
16
Wed
11:00 am Charles Hanson Antique Valuation... @ The Churnet Room (Staffordshire Moorlands District Council)
Charles Hanson Antique Valuation... @ The Churnet Room (Staffordshire Moorlands District Council)
Aug 16 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Charles Hanson Antique Valuation Days @ The Churnet Room (Staffordshire Moorlands District Council) | England | United Kingdom
Bring your Antiques, Jewellery, Watches, Gold, Silver, Ceramics & Collectables and meet a Hansons Valuer. Notty Hornblower, will be here for valuations on Wednesday 14th June- our Vintage Costume & Textiles expert. They will be in the[...]
Sep
2
Sat
10:00 am Sense of Place- Landscape Painti... @ NIcholson Museum & Art Gallery
Sense of Place- Landscape Painti... @ NIcholson Museum & Art Gallery
Sep 2 @ 10:00 am – Oct 7 @ 4:00 pm
Sense of Place- Landscape Paintings by Harry Ousey @ NIcholson Museum & Art Gallery | England | United Kingdom
Harry Ousey, born in 1915 in Manchester, is considered an important representative in the British 20th century art scene. Harry, an abstract artist, who was inspired by the dry stone walls and quarry faces of[...]
Sep
6
Wed
2:00 pm Tea Dance @ The Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery
Tea Dance @ The Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery
Sep 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Tea Dance @ The Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery | England | United Kingdom
Our celebrated bi-monthly tea dances are a firm favourite, accompanied by live music in the Gallery. Come along with friends or come alone and make new friends. Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleEmailPrint
Sep
13
Wed
11:00 am Charles Hanson Antique Valuation... @ The Churnet Room (Staffordshire Moorlands District Council)
Charles Hanson Antique Valuation... @ The Churnet Room (Staffordshire Moorlands District Council)
Sep 13 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Charles Hanson Antique Valuation Days @ The Churnet Room (Staffordshire Moorlands District Council) | England | United Kingdom
Bring your Antiques, Jewellery, Watches, Gold, Silver, Ceramics & Collectables and meet a Hansons Valuer. Notty Hornblower, will be here for valuations on Wednesday 14th June- our Vintage Costume & Textiles expert. They will be in the[...]
Oct
11
Wed
11:00 am Charles Hanson Antique Valuation... @ The Churnet Room (Staffordshire Moorlands District Council)
Charles Hanson Antique Valuation... @ The Churnet Room (Staffordshire Moorlands District Council)
Oct 11 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Charles Hanson Antique Valuation Days @ The Churnet Room (Staffordshire Moorlands District Council) | England | United Kingdom
Bring your Antiques, Jewellery, Watches, Gold, Silver, Ceramics & Collectables and meet a Hansons Valuer. Notty Hornblower, will be here for valuations on Wednesday 14th June- our Vintage Costume & Textiles expert. They will be in the[...]
Oct
14
Sat
10:00 am Nicholson New Directions @ Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery
Nicholson New Directions @ Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery
Oct 14 @ 10:00 am – Nov 18 @ 4:00 pm
Nicholson New Directions @ Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery | England | United Kingdom
Nicholson New Directions explores the process of art in its constant evolution. This exhibition recognises the artists passionate curiosity and ceaseless desire for new ideas by exhibiting work more liberated to make use of the[...]
Nov
15
Wed
11:00 am Charles Hanson Antique Valuation... @ The Churnet Room (Staffordshire Moorlands District Council)
Charles Hanson Antique Valuation... @ The Churnet Room (Staffordshire Moorlands District Council)
Nov 15 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Charles Hanson Antique Valuation Days @ The Churnet Room (Staffordshire Moorlands District Council) | England | United Kingdom
Bring your Antiques, Jewellery, Watches, Gold, Silver, Ceramics & Collectables and meet a Hansons Valuer. Notty Hornblower, will be here for valuations on Wednesday 14th June- our Vintage Costume & Textiles expert. They will be in the[...]
2:00 pm Tea Dance @ The Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery
Tea Dance @ The Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery
Nov 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Tea Dance @ The Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery | England | United Kingdom
Our celebrated bi-monthly tea dances are a firm favourite, accompanied by live music in the Gallery. Come along with friends or come alone and make new friends. Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleEmailPrint