Category Archives: Arts and culture

On the announcement of Barrie Rutter’s decision to step down from his artistic leadership of Northern Broadsides, the Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Tim Swift, wishes to thank Barrie Rutter OBE for his magnificent contribution to the cultural life of Calderdale.  Cllr Swift says: “Since establishing the company and becoming a resident at Dean Clough,… read more … about Statement from Cllr Tim Swift re Barrie Rutter’s decision to leave Northern Broadsides>>

Cllr Tim Swift

A photography exhibition documenting the rebuilding of Elland Bridge is coming to Smith Art Gallery in Brighouse.  Elland Bridge was severely damaged in the Boxing Day floods of 2015, along with many other areas in Calderdale. The rebuilding of the bridge was a very complex and careful process and the construction is now being documented… read more … about Elland Bridge rebuild showcased in new exhibition>>

Elland Bridge exhibition poster

Halifax Visitor Centre will be open for more days per week when it moves into its beautiful new home at the newly built Central Library and Archive. At the moment the Calderdale Council-run centre is based in the current Central Library on Northgate in Halifax, which opens five days a week. When the new Central… read more … about Halifax Visitor Centre on the move>>

Visitor Centre team 2

Elland is counting down to an array of exciting community events to celebrate its 700th birthday – and Calderdale Council is inviting local people to join the party. This year it’s the 700 year anniversary of Elland becoming an official market town. The town received a Royal Charter on 24 February 1317 from King Edward… read more … about Happy birthday Elland!>>

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Roger Marsh OBE has been appointed to the role of Chair of The Piece Hall Trust, leading the independent charity tasked with operating the transformed Grade I Listed building into a dynamic new chapter. The Piece Hall will reopen on Yorkshire Day (1st August 2017), following an extensive multi-million pound renovation. Roger Marsh will help… read more … about New Chair announced for The Piece Hall Trust as transformation nears completion>>

L to R Roger Marsh, Nicky Chance Thompson, Cllr Tim Swift HI RES

“The Calder Valley is a place shaped by water…water that fills the reservoirs that once made steam for the mills, work for the people and fabric for the world.” Local people from the Calder Valley with personal stories from the devastating floods in December 2015 are being encouraged to tell their tales to the creative… read more … about Local people encouraged to jump on board the Calder Valley’s epic ‘Landlines and Watermarks’>>

Flooding waves

Visitors to Todmorden Town Hall will be able to celebrate its 142nd birthday and discover its fascinating history at the next tour of the iconic building. On Sunday 2 April from 2pm, volunteers will run a guided ‘taster’ tour of the Town Hall, telling stories of its past to mark its anniversary. Cllr Susan Press,… read more … about Happy birthday Todmorden Town Hall!>>

Todmorden Town Hall 142nd birthday - resized

The Piece Hall bell and weather vane, including the historic sheep, have returned to Halifax after being lovingly restored as part of Calderdale Council’s £19 million transformation programme. Housed within a wooden cupola above the Piece Hall’s West Gate, the weather vane displays the points of the compass, an arrow indicating the wind direction, plus… read more … about The Piece Hall sheep is baaaaaack!>>

Piece Hall weather vane - credit Sandy Young