Over the past few years, most of the rooms in the museum have undergone refurbishment. Please come and visit is to see what is on offer.
The Costume Gallery
The Costume Gallery is now a fabulous venue for weddings and seminars and other events. Councillor Joe Holliday donated his share of Cumbria County Council funds to this room which meant we could remove the old heavy wooden panelling and redecorate the space, turning it into the lovely light room you see today, which includes digital video equipment.
The Curwen/Mary Queen of Scots Room
The Curwen/Mary Queen of Scots Room, displays ‘The Luck of Workington’ as well as an original window from the Chapel in Workington Hall. Both are on loan to the museum from Mrs Thornely, head of the Curwen Family. There are also two models of the Hall, one made from cork dating back to 1875 and the other created by a local man who built the model to plans which incorporate the refurbishments by John Carr. We also have an interactive display unit in the room giving information on the industrial heritage of the area and the Curwens for the use of visitors unable to get upstairs.
The Exhibition Gallery
The Exhibition Gallery is an ideal space for many activities including conferences, weddings and parties with video technology and disco equipment. Improved lighting has been installed to facilitate exhibitions and other art work displays.
The Education Room (Long Gallery)
A lot of work has been completed in the Long Gallery and with the aid of the money we won in the People’s Millions Lottery, we have created the Education Zone, which houses our interactive unit giving details of local industrial heritage as well as many artefacts and displays. This room is also an interesting conference/meeting room area with interactive white board and plasma screen.
The Schoose Room
The Schoose Room, which overlooks Schoose Farm, the Hall’s home farm, now houses an audio/visual interactive unit depicting the life of John Christian Curwen, the forefather of modern agriculture. This room is also the base for our reference facility where anyone can access digital information held in the museum. Completion of the facility will be ongoing for some considerable time but continuous progress is being made, with financial support from Workington Town Council
The Victorian Parlour
A visit to the Victorian Parlour is like taking a step back in time and shows a typical parlour set out and ready for tea.