Visit England Gold Award

Awards Received

We feel that we have much to be proud about - here are just a few:


  • Partnerships with national museums, including joint purchase of Parry painting with National Portrait Gallery and National Museums & Galleries of Wales; chosen by National Maritime Museum to display Stubbs’ painting of a kangaroo with three others in ‘Travellers Tails’ project


  • First display of Sir Joseph Banks historic collection given to Christ Church, Oxford, in collaboration with Pitt-Rivers Museum


  • We brought back to this country original Cook voyage drawings of Kamchatka by John Webber which had been sold abroad in 1932


  • We won the Yorkshire White Rose Award 2005 and 2012, and were Winner of national VisitEngland Gold Award 2013. The Judges’ Overall Summary read: ‘A unique and delightful experience when visiting this little ‘gem’. The atmosphere is immediately created in the inner courtyard and does not leave you until you eventually exit back into the street. Immaculately presented and interpreted displays, complemented by knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff ensure that visitors receive a very special experience. This is a must see Museum.’


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