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Warley Museum is a Hidden Gem in Yorkshire

Hidden Gems in Yorkshire

Smallest Gem – Warley Museum

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Image 1 – Matthew Reardon; image 2&3 – Eliana Bailey

This hidden gem in Warley Town, a historic village near Halifax, is not what it appears to be at first glance… What may look like a humble red telephone box is, in fact, a museum – possibly the smallest museum in the world.

In the spring of 2016, the Warley Community Association adopted this disused BT phone box and, after a vote, transformed it into a unique museum dedicated to the village and its history.

Museum curators, local artists Paul and Chris Czainski, have designed an information backboard detailing the ‘Notables of Warley Parish’ and created absolutely beautiful etchings depicting scenes of local history on the phone box’s glass panels. A wonderful mosaic floor is also soon to laid down, made from fragmented pottery finds from gardens in the village.

Every few months, residents donate artefacts from Warley’s past so that locals and visitors alike can drop in and engage with the village’s fascinating past in an intimate, personalised space.

We absolutely love the ethos behind this small but mighty museum!

Warley Museum ~ Request for Artefacts

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The upcoming exhibition of historical artefacts at the Warley Museum has the theme of Childhood.

Curators, Paul and Chris Czainski, would be very pleased to receive donations of artefacts related to child care, nursery, education and playtime ~ such as toys, clothing, utensils, books, photographs, art, greeting cards, etc.

Please send details by email to mail@warleyca.co.uk or phone Eliana Bailey on 01422 839458

Points of Light Award for Eliana Bailey

Congratulations to Eliana Bailey (WCA Chair) and all WCA members involved in the Warley Museum project.

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Points of Light Award

Story featured in the Halifax Courier:

Prime Minister Theresa May has recognised a volunteer from Warley as a Point of Light for her work in creating a museum housed in a phone box that celebrates Warley’s culture and history.

Eliana Bailey is the creator of one of the world’s smallest museums which displays artefacts and local history from her home town.

Eliana, who is also chair of Warley Community Association, has brought the community together to curate the newly opened museum which will change its exhibition every few months.

It has attracted hundreds of visitors and caught the imagination of the media at home and abroad. The current exhibition explores Christmas in Warley.

Eliana is the latest recipient of a Point of Light award, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers, people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. 
Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable achievements.

In a personal letter to Eliana, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Through Warley Community Association, you are uniting your community behind innovative local good causes. The phone box museum in particular is a tremendous way of showcasing Warley’s history.”

Eliana added: “What do you do with a redundant telephone box? If you’re the Warley Community Association, you turn it into a working museum of local history. To receive this award is both thrilling and very humbling.

“I accept it on behalf of all our community members, who like me, constantly strive to maintain and improve all areas of our beautiful village of Warley.”

Eliana is the 643rd winner of the Points of Light award, which has been developed in partnership with the hugely successful Points of Light programme in the USA.