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[...]
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
13
Wed
9:00 am Leek’s Indoor Market @ The Butter Market
Leek’s Indoor Market @ The Butter Market
Sep 13 2017 @ 9:00 am – Dec 29 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Traditional Indoor market every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in the restored Victorian Butter Market. Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleEmailPrint
9:00 am Leek’s Outdoor Market @ Market Place & Sparrow Park
Leek’s Outdoor Market @ Market Place & Sparrow Park
Sep 13 2017 @ 9:00 am – Dec 19 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Enjoy the bustle and atmosphere of Leek’s traditional markets; shop for bargains at the general weekly outdoor market each Wednesday as well as an indoor market, which is also open on a Friday and Saturday[...]
Sep
15
Fri
9:00 am Leek’s Indoor Market @ The Butter Market
Leek’s Indoor Market @ The Butter Market
Sep 15 2017 @ 9:00 am – Dec 31 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Traditional Indoor market every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in the restored Victorian Butter Market. Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleEmailPrint
Sep
16
Sat
9:00 am Antique & Collectors Market @ The Market Place
Antique & Collectors Market @ The Market Place
Sep 16 2017 @ 9:00 am – Dec 29 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Antique & Collectors Market (Archer Fairs Ltd) – held outdoors every Saturday.Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleEmailPrint
9:00 am Leek Fine Food Market @ Leek Market Place
Leek Fine Food Market @ Leek Market Place
Sep 16 2017 @ 9:00 am – Dec 15 2018 @ 4:00 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[...]
9:00 am Leek’s Indoor Market @ The Butter Market
Leek’s Indoor Market @ The Butter Market
Sep 16 2017 @ 9:00 am – Jan 1 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Traditional Indoor market every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in the restored Victorian Butter Market. Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleEmailPrint
Sep
27
Wed
12:00 am LEEK BLUES & AMERICANA FESTIVAL ... @ Leek
LEEK BLUES & AMERICANA FESTIVAL ... @ Leek
Sep 27 @ 12:00 am – Oct 1 @ 12:00 am
Now in its 5th year, the historic market town of Leek plays host to an array of local, national and international talent – showcasing the very best in Blues & Americana music. The Festival is[...]
Oct
1
Sun
9:00 am Sunday Supplement Market @ Leek
Sunday Supplement Market @ Leek
Oct 1 2017 @ 9:00 am – Dec 1 2018 @ 3:00 pm
The Totally Locally Leek Sunday Supplement market is held on the first Sunday of every month (apart from January). The Sunday Supplement is a popular and award winning market with over 60 stalls featuring hand[...]