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Museum Rooms

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 would normally display ‘The Luck of Workington’ however,  it had to be sent away for inheritance valuation purposes as it was on loan from Mrs. Thornely, the head of the Curwen family who died recently.  We do still have on display an original window from the Chapel in Workington Hall, the Curwen Kettle and an original door from the Hall.

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, disco equipment and Improved lighting

Main Staircase Landing

We have a magnificent display of Rugby League memorabilia collected by Joe Holliday, over his lifetime.  Joe was a lifelong supporter of rugby league and has had three books published on the subject.  We have on display the history of Workington Town Rugby League Club through memorabilia, photographs, shirts, and much more.

The Education Room

The Education Room has again been upgraded.  This room was upgraded some years ago with the help of the Peoples Millions Lottery grant and now has undergone another makeover with many more artefacts displayed relating to the areas industrial past.  The reference library has also been moved into the Education Room.

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.

We now have a second sporting exhibition in this room displaying many shields and cups and memorabilia relating to various sports as well as the Workington Reds Football Club.

Harrington Room

We have created a room dedicated to all things Harrington.  Memorabilia has been collected depicting Harrington’s past and a striking visual display shows details and information relating to all the ships built in Harrington.

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.