Our latest Curiosity of the Week is Warley Museum in Yorkshire. This new tiny museum can be found in the old village phone box.
Warley is a historic village in the Calder Valley, situated on the outskirts of Halifax, West Yorkshire. In the spring of 2016, Warley Community Association (WCA) ‘adopted’ the disused BT telephone box, as part of British Telecom’s ‘Adopt a Kiosk’ programme.
After considering a number of options, including a defibrillator station and a library, WCA members voted to transform the telephone box into a museum of local history.
And so the village’s unique little museum was officially opened on Saturday 8th October 2016. Warley Museum, which is possibly the smallest museum in the world, has already made an application to be included in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The project to create the museum was coordinated by members of the WCA, utilising the knowledge and talents of local residents. Helping with the concept and creation of Warley Museum were resident artists, Paul and Chris Czainski, acting as the curators of the museum.
Doug Bailey, a joiner, renovated and converted the telephone box, which involved stripping it back to its bare bones, then repainting and refitting it. In addition, Chris Czainski is currently working on a mosaic floor, made from old pottery and objects d’art found in Warley gardens.
Paul Czainski has produced etchings on the glass panels, which feature scenes of local history. He has also designed and illustrated the information board inside the box, with ‘Notables of Warley Parish’.
The museum’s exhibits include local historical artefacts, donated by Warley residents. These are displayed in secure boxes which can be viewed from both inside and outside the museum. The museum will aim to change the exhibits every few months.
If you would like to visit Warley Museum, you will find it situated in the centre of the village, beside The Maypole Inn. The opening hours are 8am to 4pm. Any donations of local history artefacts will be enthusiastically received by the museum.
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