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Museums : Halliwell's House Museum

MuseumHalliwell's House Museum
DescriptionThe Museum is situated in the very atmospheric Halliwell's Close. The narrow, cobbled lane with outhouses, which was formerly gas-lit and was typical of many such Closes in Selkirk, has a compelling history dating back over 400 years.
The museum building itself dates from the end of the 18th century and is part of what is probably the oldest surviving row of dwellings in the historic town of Selkirk.
Halliwell's House and Close take their name from Robert Halliwell who was a wig maker who owned buildings in the Close at the beginning of the 18th century.
Records dating from the 1600s indicate many different trades have thrived in Halliwell's Close down the centuries: weavers, fleshers (butchers), ironmongers, tailors, bakers, coopers (barrel makers), shoemakers and others. The museum tells the story of life in Halliwell's Close as well as the wider story of Selkirk's fascinating history.
AddressMarket Place, Selkirk
Telephone01750 726456 / 01750 20054
Gift shopA small retail area selling reasonably priced gifts, books and souvenirs is located at the entrance to the building. Free admission though donations are welcomed.
Education and learningWe are happy to accommodate specially arranged group visits and educational events connected with the venue, collections or exhibitions. For details or to make arrangements, please contact Assistant Curator, Phoebe Stewart 01750 726456
Closed datesClosed for winter reopens 25th March 2016.
Opening times25th March - 30th October 2016
Monday-Saturday 11.00am-4.00pm
Sunday 12.00pm-3.00pm
Museums and Galleries GuideMuseums and Galleries Guide
Access and facilitiesThe museum is on two floors. The upper level can be accessed via the stairway or lift, which is suitable for wheelchair users.
There are no toilet facilities, though public toilets adjoin the building.
ParkingFree, large public car park adjoins the building.
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