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Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery celebrates 125 years of shared stories

Tullie House Garden in Spring

Visitors are asked to share their memories for a new exhibition and programme of events being planned to mark the anniversary of the opening of Carlisle museum.

Tullie 125: Celebrating 125 Years, opening in February 2019, will reflect on the museum’s history and look ahead to an exciting future. Inspired by the stories of people who have visited, studied or worked in the museum, the exhibition will explore what makes Tullie House such a much-loved place in the heart of Carlisle.

Tullie House was officially opened as a museum, public library and School of Art, Science and Technology in 1893. The city centre buildings housed the city’s considerable collections of fine and decorative art, human history and natural sciences. During the next century the School of Art, Science and Technology, and finally the library, would all move to new premises in the city, but the museum and art gallery remained and expanded. For 125 years Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery has been a place of shared stories, told through the collections, exhibitions and events and stimulated by the people and their creativity.

Whether it’s the gruesome mystery of the Roman in the well, the myths of the ruthless Reivers or the tales told through the art inspired by our stunning landscape, Tullie House has enthralled generations of locals and visitors with the stories of the people who came before us.

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery is also a place where stories are made, and in this special year, it is these stories which the museum is asking visitors and staff to share with them to help create an exciting new exhibition and contribute to the Tullie 125 celebrations throughout the year.

If you have a great story to tell, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery wants to hear from you!

You can tell Tullie House your story either by submitting a form via the website at or by joining Tullie House staff at a drop-in sharing session. Drop-in Story Sharing Sessions will take place on Thursday 6 December 2018, Thursday 10 January 2019, Thursday 14 February 2019 and during Tullie’s Big Birthday Bash on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 March.

Have you been inspired by something you saw in the museum?

Did you work in the museum, or study there, and have some behind the scenes secrets to share!?

Is an area of the collection important to you?

Were you married at Tullie House and now visit with your family?

Did you take part in an activity that changed your life?

Did the stunning buildings make a perfect backdrop to a special occasion or celebration?

What’s your favourite memory of visiting Tullie House?

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