Category Archives: Conservation

The Square Church rose window is being painstakingly repaired as part of Calderdale Council’s new Central Library and Archive building in Halifax, West Yorkshire.  The Square Church first opened in 1857 but closed in 1969 after congregations dwindled.  Disaster struck in 1971 when the roof and interior were destroyed by fire.  Most of the remaining… read more … about Bloom returns to Square Church rose window>>

The newly rebuilt Elland Bridge is expected to be open to pedestrians and cyclists by the end of next week – a key milestone in the final stage of construction before the expected full reopening of the bridge to traffic later this month. Cllr Tim Swift, Calderdale Council’s Leader, said: “This is good news for… read more … about Elland Bridge due to open to pedestrians and cyclists next week>>

The Victoria Theatre in Halifax has been at the heart of culture in Calderdale for 120 years. Now you have the chance to get involved with its future, by becoming its Friend.  The new Friends of the Victoria Theatre scheme aims to bring people together to share their passion, skills and experience to help increase… read more … about Could you be Friend of the Victoria Theatre?>>

Victoria Theatre Friends

Calderdale Council recently identified items from Halifax Magistrates Court which it considered to be of historical value to local people. The Council asked Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service to consider gifting these items to the Council for inclusion in its museums collections, to enable the items to be professionally conserved and made available for… read more … about Keeping our heritage alive>>

Cllr Tim Swift

Press release from Yorkshire Water and Calderdale Council Two new summer rangers have been hired to patrol Calderdale’s countryside to help keep people safe and protect natural landscapes, such as reservoirs and woodland, during peak tourist season.  Working over weekends and busy periods, the two new rangers, Jennifer Bowers and Jeffery Platt, will have a… read more … about Caring for Calderdale’s countryside>>

Countryside rangers

Calderdale Council has completed a review of the green belt across Calderdale, as part of the development of the Local Plan.  Green belt policy was introduced by the Government in the 1950s to prevent uncontrolled urban sprawl by keeping land permanently open.   The current boundaries in Calderdale were put in place by the former West… read more … about Calderdale checks the green belt still fits>>

Cllr Daniel Sutherland

The history of Todmorden is being brought into the digital age, at the latest of a series of photo scanning events at Todmorden Town Hall.  On Sunday 7 August, visitors to the Town Hall will have the opportunity to bring along old photographs to have them scanned and saved to Pennine Horizons digital archive at… read more … about Preserving the history of Todmorden>>

Scan 2 save

The new Piece Hall courtyard is slowly appearing as sandstone flags and European granite steps are carefully manoeuvred into place. Gone are the old stone setts which date back to the 1970s and which are being replaced to create an attractive and sophisticated town square, as part of the £19 million transformation project funded by… read more … about Stunning Piece Hall square takes shape>>

Budding archaeologists can learn the secrets of Halifax’s past at a special summer event for children at Halifax Central Library. The Archaeological Adventure tells the story of the recent dig in the Square Church graveyard.  Before building work could start on the new Central Library and Archive, the burial ground at Square Church had to… read more … about Join us on an Archaeological Adventure!>>