image for Exhibition item typeSale of the Century at Pontefract Museum

Exhibition, Mon 14 May 2018 - Sat 13 Apr 2019, free entry

Sale of the Century

Sale of the Century


Wakefield Museums and Castles


5 Salter Row,
West Yorkshire,

Events at this Venue

date event
Mon 14 May - Sat 13 Apr Sale of the Century
Sat 30 Mar Family Fun
Sat 6 Apr Family Fun
Wed 10 Apr Meet the Curator
Wed 10 Apr Sweet Characters
Sat 13 Apr Family Fun


Take a shopping trip down memory lane, from the elegant window dressings of the 1930s to wartime rationing; from the explosion of consumer culture to times of austerity.

Sale of the Century is a photographic exhibition exploring one hundred years of shopping in Pontefract, featuring nostalgic images from the museum collections contrasted with contemporary photography.

Fashionable new coffee shops, vibrant gaming stores and chic boutiques have appeared in recent years on Pontefract’s street, against a backdrop of online shopping giants.

Pontefract’s people and its shops are changing but some things remain universally familiar.

This new temporary exhibition launches in Spring 2018 and compliments the redisplay of Pontefract Museum’s main gallery.

Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsAccepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Mon 14 May 2018 - Sat 13 Apr 2019


Free entry



See location of Pontefract Museum on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 455219  Lat: 53.69156 Long: -1.31243

By Road:
Jct32 M62
Follow signs for Pontefract Town Centre.
Museum is on the precinct, next to Pontefract Library

By Public Transport:
Nearest train station: Tanshelf Railway Station
Nearest bus station: Pontefract Bus Station


  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups