Craven Museum showcases the history of Skipton and the Craven Dales from prehistory to the present including everything from neolithic tools to Roman remains to a copy of Shakespeare's First Folio plus the rich natural, social and industrial history of this beautiful part of the Yorkshire Dales. The museum is housed in one large room on the first floor of Skipton Town Hall. On the ground floor Craven Gallery shows a changing exhibition programme with a range of themes from contemporary art to the history of the area. A full colour leaflet is available quarterly which details the events and exhibitions for the whole of Skipton Town Hall including Craven Museum and Gallery.
There is level access from the main entrance to:Craven GalleryMain Concert Hall and AnnexTown Hall HubTourist Information Centre DeskSkipton Town Hall Accessible ToiletSkipton Town Hall Women's Public ToiletSkipton Town Hall Men's Public ToiletTourist Information Centre ShopRoute to the Gallery from the Tourist Information Desk
Access with steps
There are steps from the main entrance to:Craven MuseumRoute from the Tourist Information Desk to the Museum
Travel by public transport
Skipton train station is located on Broughton Road. The route to Skipton Town Hall is to turn right out of the station and along Broughton Road, along Swadford Street and then turn left up the High Street. The Town Hall is at the top of the High Street near to the Castle and Holy Trinity Church. Taxis are available at the station or you can catch a bus on Broughton Road which will take you to the bus station.
There is a lowered kerb opposite Bizzie Lizzie's Fish and Chip shop.
Narrowest point of the path is between bollard and kerb outside Starbucks Coffee Shop.
Path to main entrance
The automatic doors open towards you as you approach from the outside ramp.
Getting around inside
Visual Impairment - General Information
Ticket/ information desk
Tourist Information Centre Desk
Access to the Tourist Information Centre Desk and beyond to the Gallery and Museum is via a push assist door (for entry) or a pull assist door (for exit). The door is usually open and the nearby desk is always staffed.
Videos and lighting are dependent on the current exhibition in the gallery. We try to provide subtitles if possible on any film footage to be included in the exhibition. If there are any issues with lighting or with sound there are staff nearby to answer any questions or you can contact the venue in advance on 01756 792809 to ask about specific details of the current exhibition.
More information on the route into the Gallery is provided in the section 'Route into the Gallery from the Tourist Information Desk' including a video.
The volume on the commentary on Shakespeare's First Folio can be increased if requested and a transcript of the commentary is available within the exhibit. Shakespeare's First Folio area has low light levels and the information panels in this area are backlit. The case is lit with fibre optic lighting at a low level.
A micro museum is available for visitors on request from the Tourist Information Centre Staff. This contains 7 objects from the collection which can be handled by the visitor, printed notes on the objects and museum as well as information and video footage on the museum and collection on a screen (tablet). It can all be viewed seated in the Tourist Information Centre. Please ask the member of staff on the desk when you come in if you wish to use it.
More information on the museum steps and the route into the museum is provided in the section 'Route to the Museum from the Tourist Information Desk' including a video.
Main Concert Hall and Annex
Doors to the concert hall are 695mm wide each so both are opened to give full access. When an event is on both doors are fixed open or there is a member of staff available to open them. The doors will be opened manually by staff, they are not assisted or automatic and are heavy. Fire escape door from the Concert Hall is 1030mm wide and opens to a small refuge platform with 3 steps to street level. The doors between the Annex and the Concert Hall are 1600mm wide. Both the rear exit from the Annex is 760mm at the narrowest point and the fire escape route is 720mm wide at the narrowest point. A wider fire escape if available through the Concert Hall to the refuge platform or back to the Main Entrance.
The layout of both the Concert Hall and the Annex will depend on the event. If you require further information about the layout of either room before you visit please contact us on 01756 792809 for further information.
Town Hall Hub
The layout of this room will vary depending on the event being held here. Please contact the venue on 01756 792809 if you wish to know specific details before attending an event.
The double doors in the corridor to this area form the narrowest point. If one door only is open this will be 690mm wide, both doors are usually opened when this area is in use for an event giving a width of 1220mm, but if a door has been closed staff in the nearby Tourist Information Centre will be able open the door again if alerted to this.
Skipton Town Hall Accessible Toilet
The accessible public toilet is 3 meters from the main entrance, turn left, through the double doors and the door is on the left hand side.
Transfer to the toilet is mainly from the front and slightly to the left hand side. The toilet door opens outwards into the corridor and does not have assisted or automatic opening. The door is light and opens with a 310 mm vertical handle on the outside. There is a horizontal rail on the inside of the door. The walls are off-white with grey non slip flooring. The toilet area also contains a hand basin, soap dispenser, paper towel dispenser and waste bins. There is an emergency pull cord. The toilet is 480mm high and has a fixed support rail to the left and a hinged (lift up) rail to the right. The rails are 650mm high. The basin has a single lever thermostatic tap.
Nappy changing facilities are only provided in a cubicle in our women's public toilets. See description of 'Skipton Town Hall Women's Public Toilet' for information on this.
Skipton Town Hall Women's Public Toilet
The main door to the toilets opens inwards from the corridor and is 830mm wide. Within the room the narrowest section between the cubicles and the radiator is 900mm.
The first two cubicles have fixed hand rails next to the toilet. These are 610mm rails, one is vertical and the other horizontal. The first cubicle has a door width of 660mm wide and the second cubicle has a door width of 600mm wide. The remaining cubicles have door widths of 560mm, 550mm and 540mm respectively. There are six cubicles in total.
The first and second cubicles have doors which open outwards into the room. The other four cubicles have doors which open inwards into the cubicle.
The first cubicle also has a wall mounted baby changing station which pulls down to create a flat surface. It is mounted at 800mm high from the floor and has a changing area of 350mm wide and 640mm long. A nappy bin is provided. None of the cubicles have internal basins. There are four basins provided in the main area and two air hand dryers.
Each cubicle door has a hook on the inside. All cubicles have sanitary bins.
The floors throughout are non-slip grey composite material.
Skipton Town Hall Men's Public Toilet
The middle cubicle has both a horizontal and a vertical fixed handrail. The other cubicles don't have rails. The door to the middle cubicle opens outwards into the room. The other two cubicle doors open into the cubicle. There are three cubicles in total. The middle cubicle which has handrails is 680mm. The narrowest door is 550mm. There are six urinals. There are four washbasins and two hand dryers.
The floors throughout are grey composite non slip material.
Tourist Information Centre Shop
One door is usually open during shop hours giving and entrance of 900mm and there are staff at the desk nearby to open the second door if required which gives an entrance of 1800mm
The width of the route round the shop can be adjusted - please ask the nearby staff. It is currently set up at 800mm width.
Route to the Gallery from the Tourist Information Desk
This is the route from the Main Tourist Information Desk to the Gallery
Route from the Tourist Information Desk to the Museum
Route includes 3 steps with a small landing, then 13 steps with a larger landing. The stairs are lit by spotlights and are covered in pale beige linoleum with black risers. There is a light strip at the edge of each stair in contrast with the black risers. There is a handrail on the right hand side which it at a height of 94cm and continues for the whole staircase. The final 10 steps have an additional handrail on the left.
The width of the steps is 1380mm and the height of each step is 165mm. Staff are happy to place a chair on the second landing to provide a rest point for visitors in ascending the stairs. Please ask staff at the Tourist Information centre desk if you would like us to do this.
There is a small landing at the top of the stairs of 1230mm from the top step to the door and the museum doorway is 925mm wide.
Getting around outside
Customer care support
No area to charge mobility scooters or battery powered wheelchairs in the building. Nearest firm to buy/hire batteries from is First to Care in Skipton 01756 797822 www.firsttocare.co.uk
Emergency evacuation procedures
Customer care support
We are in progress of becoming a Dementia Friendly Arts Venue and have upgraded our signage and carried out staff training for this. We have an ongoing committment to being a Dementia Friendly Arts Venue.
Most staff and volunteers have had Dementia Friend training through the Alzheimers Society. Some staff have also had Dementia Awareness training from Pioneer Projects.
We always welcome feedback on the accessibilty of our events and venue and will do our best to incorporate suggestions to improve access in the future. Please speak to a member of staff in our Tourist Information Centre or at an event if you would like to leave us any feedback on how we can improve our accessibility.