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[...]
Apr
8
Sat
10:00 am Open Art @ Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery
Open Art @ Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery
Apr 8 @ 10:00 am – May 13 @ 4:00 pm
Open Art @ Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery | England | United Kingdom
The Staffordshire Moorlands Open Art Exhibition is a showcase for the often otherwise unseen talents of local artists. Artists of all genres are welcome to enter their work by handing it in at the Nicholson[...]
Apr
29
Sat
8:30 pm Richard Digance Golden Anniversa... @ The Foxlowe Arts Centre
Richard Digance Golden Anniversa... @ The Foxlowe Arts Centre
Apr 29 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Richard Digance Golden Anniversary Tour @ The Foxlowe Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom
Richard is a BAFTA Nominated  entertainer and a Gold Award recipient from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. He is also listed in the Virgin Anthology of Music as an influential writer of comedic[...]
May
1
Mon
11:00 am Try Sailing @ Rudyard Lake! @ Rudyard Lake Sailing Club
Try Sailing @ Rudyard Lake! @ Rudyard Lake Sailing Club
May 1 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Visit our OPEN DAY! No experience necessary! All ages welcome! Great fun for kids and adults! Just bring a change of clothes, soft-soled shoes & waterproofs Refreshments & Car Parking available.  Thinking about learning to[...]
May
5
Fri
8:30 pm Sound of the Sirens @ The Foxlowe Arts Centre
Sound of the Sirens @ The Foxlowe Arts Centre
May 5 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Sound of the Sirens @ The Foxlowe Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom
Sound of the Sirens are a foot-stomping, crowd-engaging female folk/rock duo whose strengths lie in their passion and chemistry. These girls know how to rock a stage, and make you believe in every word they[...]
May
6
Sat
10:00 am Leek Open Studios @ Leek
Leek Open Studios @ Leek
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Explore and be inspired by meeting some of Leek’s talented artists and makers in their studios and other creative spaces around the centre of Leek. Pick up a map from the Foxlowe Arts Centre, Spout[...]
May
17
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)
May 17 @ 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. They will be back in the Churnet Room at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council between 11am and 2pm . Hansons Auctioneers[...]
May
18
Thu
8:30 pm John Bramwell (with Dave Fidler) @ The Foxlowe Arts Centre
John Bramwell (with Dave Fidler) @ The Foxlowe Arts Centre
May 18 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
John Bramwell (with Dave Fidler) @ The Foxlowe Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom
Singer-songwriter John Bramwell is the frontman and song-writing genius behind the three-piece alternative rock band I Am Kloot, and has previously issued solo material under the guise of “Johnny Dangerously”. The 52-year-old specialises in bruised,[...]
May
20
Sat
8:00 am Leek Fine Food Market @ Leek Market Place
Leek Fine Food Market @ Leek Market Place
May 20 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Leek Fine Food Market @ Leek Market Place | Leek | England | United Kingdom
Held every third Saturday of the month, a great Food & Drink Market which brings together local and regional specialist food producers, with cookery demonstrations and musical entertainment.  Why not indulge in a little of[...]
10:00 am Nicholson War Memorial, Leek @ Nicholson War Memorial
Nicholson War Memorial, Leek @ Nicholson War Memorial
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Nicholson War Memorial, Leek @ Nicholson War Memorial | Leek | United Kingdom
At ninety feet high, it is one of the largest memorials in the country.  Open on the third Saturday of the month for free guided tours and for schools and community groups by appointment. For[...]