THE team at Ilkley Manor House has been working together to put imaginative content on its social media platforms so as many people as possible will be able to enjoy it while the house is closed due to coronavirus.

The team has called the programme ‘Ilkley Manor House at Home’.

A spokesperson for Ilkley Manor House Trust said: “As a Trust we have been thinking about what part we could play in supporting the wider community during these difficult times and this update sets out some of our early plans that we hope will lift spirits and increase the community’s sense of connection

“We do appreciate that not everyone has access to these but at the moment it is the only way we can keep connected to the wider community.”

Each Monday across all the Manor House social media platforms people are invited to share memories of the Manor House.

If you are interested in taking part in this special archive project, which will culminate in an exhibition in the Manor House in 2021, email:

On Tuesdays across all the Manor House social media platforms the work of performers and artists who have either performed at the Manor House or will be later in the year, will be shared.

There will also be sessions from charity partners LS29 and Made with Music with whom the trust will be hosting a number of ‘relaxed’ performances later in 2020/2021.

During the need to stay at home Poets’ Corner in the Manor House is closed but you can still enjoy poems and the written word with the regular ‘Words’ posts. Each Wednesday the aim is to publish poetry and recordings from the Wharfedale Poets and other guest readers. The trust is also exploring other ideas with writer in residence, Melanie Shearn, to post online too.

Each Thursday across all the Manor House social media platforms the trust will be sharing activities, resources and facts and figures about the history and heritage of the Manor House.

If you have children and young people at home it is hoped the resources will be helpful to support home-schooling.

Every Friday families are invited to join the trust on Facebook at 4pm for Story Time at the Manor House.

Recorded in the Manor House prior the government advice to stay at home, listen with your family to traditional fairy stories including the Little Red Hen, Goldilocks and the 3 Bears and the Billy Goats Gruff.

Each Saturday across the Manor House’s social media platforms you’ll find fun, creative challenges that the whole family can get involved with. Why not share the challenges with your friends and family ‘virtually’ and get everyone involved!

On Sundays there is an opportunity to learn more about the artists and exhibitions at the Manor House, as well as further afield.

For more information visit: and find the Manor House at Home on Facebook @ilkleymanorhouse; Instagram @ilkleymanorhouse; Twitter @manorhouseilk