Cusworth Hall and Park

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1302782342
Contact Email:
museum@doncaster.gov.uk
Website:
www.cusworthhall.co.uk
Address:
Cusworth Lane,

Cusworth Hall, a grade I listed country house was built between 1740-1744 for local land owner William Wrightson by George Platt a local mason/architect. The house was altered and expanded by James Pa...

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Cusworth Hall and Park
Cusworth Hall, a Grade I listed country house was built between 1740-1744 for local land owner William Wrightson by George Platt, a local Mason/Architect. The house was altered and expanded by James Paine (Architect of Doncaster Mansion House) between 1749-1752 by the addition of the Chapel and Library. Some of the best craftsmen and artists of the day were invited in decorating and furnishing the house. The last owner died in 1952 and the house eventually opened as a museum in 1967. Cusworth Hall, Museum and Park re-opened to the public in May 2007, after several years of extensive restoration work. The Hall and its surrounding parkland have been transformed, with entire sections of the interior previously in a poor state of repair has been given a new lease of life. Stunning ceiling paintings in the Italianate Chapel have been revealed and restored, after being hidden under layers of paint for 50 years. The Great Kitchen, Bake House, Still Room and Laundry have also been restored giving a glimpse of what life was like 'below stairs'.
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Age Range: 5 - 18
Normal Number of CU Learning Hours: minutes
Availability:
5
18
History of Cusworth Hall and Park
Visitors to Cusworth are certain to appreciate the rich variety of objects in the museum which tell the story of life in the Doncaster area. The history of the Hall and family are fully interpreted. The museum collections are extensive and have been mostly donated by local people. The collections contain around 36,000 objects as well as printed ephemera and around 10,000 photographs and glass plate negatives. ​The collections cover every aspect of life from birth to death. Collections are particularly strong in costume and accessories, toys and games, kitchen equipment, photographs, household equipment, agricultural and mining hand tools and working life. Space only permits a relatively small number of items to be displayed at any one time. Work is also going on behind the scenes to improve storage and the documentation of collections to make them more accessible. Over the next few years, the museum intends to make its collections more available through changing exhibitions
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Age Range: 5 - 18
Normal Number of CU Learning Hours: minutes
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18