The smallest museum in Great Britain

Warley Town is a historic village in the Calder Valley on the outskirts of Halifax in western Yorkshire. As part of British Telecom’s “Adopt a Kiosk” programme, the Warley Community Association (WCA) has adopted a disused red telephone box.

The Warley Museum is located at The Maypole Inn in the heart of Warley Village. The museum is open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., but you can see it even when it is closed through the glass of the phone booth. Because the Warley Museum is housed in an old red phone booth, you can see the entire display with a simple tilt of the head from the door.

Residents voted to convert it into a museum honouring the people and history of this Calder Valley community.

Curators are local artists Paul and Chris Czainski, who regularly collect artefacts that fit the theme of each exhibition. Locals are always welcome to lend items to the museum if they are interested.

There are now other museums in phone booths, so this isn’t necessarily the smallest in the UK, but it was certainly the first.


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