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Temporary Exhibitions at the Royal Pump Room Museum

 Open Monday-Saturday 10.30am-5.00pm; Sunday 2pm-5.00pm (4pm Nov-March). Admission prices apply: Adult £4; Concession/NUS £2.90; Child £2.35; Family £11.50.   

Scroll down for full details of temporary exhibitions at the Royal Pump Room Museum or view our 2016 leaflet.




Harrogate Stories

until 31 December

The people of Harrogate tell their own stories. Find out about the history of Harrogate from the people who have lived, worked and visited here. This community exhibition explores Harrogate and its people from 1945 to the present day, using objects, fascinating personal recollections and photographs.
Reminisce about shared memories and discover new insights into the town.
Image courtesy of North Yorkshire County Record Office

Exploration and Innovation 1800 - 1900


until 3 July

This display shows how trade and empire, archaeological discovery, industry and invention influenced jewellery design during the nineteenth century.




 Men of Fashion

16 February to 9 October

Highlighting the museum's significant collection of men's clothing, see

beautifully embroidered waistcoats, luxurious smoking caps and sparkling accessories.

Discover what fashionable men in the Georgian and Victorian periods would have been wearing.

Writing Women: Tools of the Trade

5 July to 31 December

From a pen wiper in the shape of a pig to sophisticated floral notepaper, this display complements our Autumn exhibition of costumes from Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë adaptations. 

Enjoy an intriguing array of writing equipment from our museum collection.


Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë: 
Costumes from Film and Television 

15 October to 31 December 

Presenting another glamorous exhibition showcasing costumes in screen portrayals of the writings of these two great female novelists, in the year of the bicentenary of Charlotte's birth.

The exhibition features:

The wedding dresses worn by Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet in the 1995 film of Sense and Sensibility  Image courtesy of Cosprop

The bridegroom outfits worn by Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman in Sense and Sensibility

The patterned gold and cream dress worn by Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennett in the ever popular BBC TV 1995 Pride and Prejudice

The riding outfit worn by Billie Piper in ITV's 2007 Mansfield Park

The classic Mr Rochester outfit worn by Michael Fassbender and the elaborate bonnet, shawl and patterned dress worn by Mia Waskikowska in the 2011 film Jane Eyre

Also on show will be a selection of beautiful wedding dresses from the museum collection.


Related Events


Our temporary exhibitions programme is complemented by a series of talks and events. To find out more and book visit the Royal Pump Room Museum Events Page, email us on museums@harrogate.gov.uk or call us on 01423 556188

Jewellery: Exploration and Innovation 1800-1900
Monday 29th February at 1pm

Taking a closer look at jewellery can reveal a great deal about the attitudes and aspirations of those who made, bought, and wore it, and the society within which they lived.

Join jewellery historian Helen Ritchie to discover how trade and empire, archaeological discovery, industry and invention influenced jewellery design during the nineteenth century in this illustrated talk to complement our new jewellery display.

Cost: £6 including admission to the Royal Pump Room Museum that day (open 10.30am – 4pm)
Mercer Art Gallery


Hat making Past and Present 

Saturday 14th May at 2pm

Join local milliner Kristi Hilton Pickup for this talk and handling session to discover her own creations and her insight into the hats in our wonderful costume collection, including those from Harrogate’s fashionable early 20th century department store Louis Copé.
 Cost: £6 including admission to the Royal Pump Room Museum that day (10.30am – 5pm)
Mercer Art Gallery
Jane Austen's "Ladies of a Certain Age": Costume Presentation by the History Wardrobe
Saturday 3 December at 6pm 
Spinster, matron, mother, widow...  Jane Austen's novels may have delightful young heroines, by they are also rich with older characters who have the spotlight in the unique costumed presentation celebrating old maids and matriarchs, from Miss Bates to Lady Catherine de Bourgh.
Lively readings from Austen's novels are interspersed with insights into the realities of life for women past their first blush of youth in Regency England; not forgetting praise for literature's most marvellous spinster - Jane Austen herself.
Cost: £10 including refreshments.
Royal Pump Room Museum


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