"Clifton Park Museum" Rotherham Things to Do Tip by suvanki

Rotherham Things to Do: 12 reviews and 34 photos

This award winning museum was a surprisingly fascinating place that I visited during a quick lunch break. It was far larger than I'd expected from the outside, and had lots of interesting things to see, and all for free! I'm hoping to return for a more in depth look

The museum is housed at the edge of Clifton Park, in the 18th century house, where the Walker family used to live. In its many rooms you can see the best collection of Rockingham pottery, including the Rhinocerous vase - the first ever porcelain vase cast in one piece.

Nelson the lion is one of the most popular exhibits.

I particularly enjoyed the Victorian kitchen with its Yorkshire Range, where there were folders containing visitors memories of family kitchens in Rotherham, and the audio tapes which had recordings of miners describing their working life and particularly the bleak times during the miners strike and the 'Battle of Orgreave'. Orgreave is about a mile from my home, and this time in history is a period that I've lived through.

I also enjoyed the audio tapes from immigrants to Rotherham, recalling their memories of their life back home and arriving in this strange, foreign town - Rotherham is proudly a multicultural town, with people arriving here from Yemen, Bangladash, Chile, Ireland, Pakistan, Somalia, Poland among others.
The annual Rotherham Show celebrates Rotherhams diversity, with music, food and stalls hosted by groups from these different countries - see my intro and previous 'Things to do' tips.

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Address: Clifton Lane, Rotherham S65 2AA
othercontact: cliftonparkmuseum@rotherham.gov.
Phone: (01709) 336633
Website: http://www.rotherham.gov.uk/graphics/Learning/Museums/EDSCliftonParkMuseum.htm

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 26, 2008
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