There’s only one place to start if you want to learn more about Skipton and the people who have shaped it – and that’s at the Craven Museum and Gallery in Skipton Town Hall. We should start with one of its most exciting exhibits – a First Folio of Shakespeare’s work. The Shakespeare First Folio is on permanent display at the museum and it’s one of only four of the original folios to be on public display in the world, so if you get the chance to pop in and see one of the artefacts that shaped English literature then don’t miss out. The pages are turned regularly, so a visit is a must for anyone with a love of Shakespeare and his work.
The museum is also home to collections influenced by the area and its landscape, such as artefacts from nearby Elbolton Cave and findings from the towns and villages of Craven. You’ll also find the Roebuck Art Collection within the museum, as well as costume art collections and pieces from the natural world. If you were hoping to learn more about the people that have called Skipton home over the centuries you’ll find hundreds of artefacts depicting the area’s social history, so there really is something for everyone.