The 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.
Market Place, Selkirk
01750 726456 / 01750 20054
A 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 learning
We 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 for winter reopens 25th March 2016.
25th March - 30th October 2016
The 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.