Tour de Yorkshire talks: An Evening of Cycling
Saturday 29 April
5pm - 8pm
Free with your museum ticket

Celebrate Harrogate's rich cycling culture past, present and future with cycling experts and enthusiasts as the Tour de Yorkshire comes to town.

Discovering Family History: What's it all about?
Mercer Art Gallery's activities room
Friday 5 May
2pm - 3pm

The massive amount of source material available online has made researching Family History quicker and easier than ever. Join experienced Family History Tutor Jackie Depelle to review essential steps to build a skeleton tree before going onto see what might be discovered about our ancestors' lives.

Your Local History Archives
Mercer Art Gallery's activities room
Wednesday 10 May
2pm - 3pm

Join expert archivist Anthony Hughes from North Yorkshire County Record Office as he leads you through a journey of discovery of local archival treasures.

Local History Highlights
Tuesday 16 May
1pm - 3:30pm
Free with your museum ticket

Come along and find photographs, prints and other documents showcasing Harrogate's yesteryear. We'll also help you get started with your local history research by pointing you in the direction of rich resources including local archives and libraries, local and regional museums.

Half term fun: Junk Sculpture
Tuesday 30 May to Friday 2 June
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Free with your museum ticket

We're making a mini town out of recycled materials - can you help us? Come and make a model of your house or your favourite Harrogate building and add it to the map!

Printmaking with Helen Peyton
Tuesday 6 and Thursday 15 June
10am - 4pm
£30 including materials and refreshments, please bring your own lunch.

Learn the basics of linocutting and letterpress with artist Helen Peyton and experiment by creating your own A4 posters.

School Printmaking
Monday 5 to Friday 16 June
Free with your museum ticket

Book your school or community group a half or full day printmaking workshop with artist Helen Peyton. Try linocut and letterpress techniques or safe relief and mono prints for younger children. Contact us so we can tailor the session to suit your needs. Telephone 01423 556188 or email

Railway Poster Art
Friday 9 June
2pm - 3pm
Free with your museum ticket

Ed Bartholomew, Senior Curator at the National Railway Museum, tells the story of railway posters from their humble beginnings to their peak in the interwar years, when artists were commissioned to promote competing routes from London to Scotland and to great British resorts and holiday destinations.

Herbert P. Templar's Harrogate cartoons
Mercer Art Gallery's activities room
Thursday 22 June
10:30am - 11:30am

Who better to show you our wonderful collection of cartoons by HP Templar than Harrogate historian Malcolm Neesam? Templar's drawings, which depict the daily routines of visitors to Harrogate in the 1890s, are packed with interesting details and comic observations of the busy spa town in its heyday.

Ancient Egypt in Harrogate: How our wonderful Egyptian collections were unearthed
Mercer Art Gallery's activities room
Monday 3 July
2pm - 3:30pm

Professor Joann Fletcher explores the links between ancient Egypt and Yorkshire from Roman times to the 21st century, featuring the results of new research obtained from museums around Yorkshire including Harrogate's own very special Egyptology collection.

The Art of Ancient Egypt
Saturdays 8 and 15 July
1pm - 4pm
Face painting £2

Decorate a pharaoh's mask, create beaded jewellery and make a lucky Eye of Horus talisman. Then have your face painted and dress up in Ancient Egyptian costume to really look the part!

Handling rare Egyptian objects
Mercer Art Gallery's activities room
Monday 10 July
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Have a detailed look at some of Harrogate's Ancient Egyptian artefacts, including a 6000 year old vessel from before the time of the Pharoahs. Discover how this astonishing collection came into our care.

Be an Egyptology Curator for the Day: Holiday activities for Families
Mercer Art Gallery's activities room
Friday 28 July
10am - 12pm, 1pm - 3pm
£4 per child, booking essential

Take a closer look at some real Ancient Egyptian objects before creating your own displays, just like a real museum curator!

Family Seaside Promenade
Weekdays Monday 31 July to Friday 1 September
1:30pm - 3:30pm

Starfish, rock pools, donkeys and deckchairs... whatever the weather, pop into the Pump Room and join us for some jolly seaside holiday arts and crafts.

The Strongest Sulphur Well in Europe!

Monday to Saturday at 11am, 2pm and 3pm
Sunday 3pm

Take a guided tour to the basement of the museum to see and smell the original wells and learn about their role in the development of Harrogate as a thriving spa town.

Store on Show

Monday to Friday during term time at 1pm

Talk to us about some special things from our museum store and decide what you'd put on display.

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