Category Archives: Heritage

Visitors to Calderdale are encouraged to ‘pick up a passport’, as a new initiative is inviting people to explore some of the borough’s prettiest parks, inspiring museums and fascinating heritage sites. Visitors can pick up the new Calderdale passport at locations across the borough and start collecting stamps, to gain entry to a prize draw… read more … about Grab your ‘passport’ and visit Calderdale>>

Image of the Calderdale passport booklet in the Piece Hall

The Anne Lister Birthday Festival is taking place in Calderdale from 1-8 April and Calderdale Museums are ready to welcome visitors from around the world. Anne Lister’s birthday has been celebrated at her former home of Shibden Hall for many years. In 2014, the hall hosted the first Anne Lister Conference; ten years on, the… read more … about Anne Lister’s April at Calderdale Museums>>

Anne Lister portrait

It’s one of the most iconic television scenes of all time, and now the shirt worn by Colin Firth in the BBC’s 1995 adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is making its way to Yorkshire, after being purchased by Bankfield Museum in Halifax. The shirt featured as part of an auction of items from… read more … about Bringing a piece of television history to Calderdale>>

Shirt worn in Pride and Prejudice

Historic features of buildings in Sowerby Bridge are being revealed and restored, as work takes place to improve and preserve the fronts of businesses along the town’s high street. Sowerby Bridge’s high street is home to a number of buildings of unique heritage, recognised by Historic England through the Government’s High Streets Heritage Action Zone… read more … about Uncovering the hidden heritage of Sowerby Bridge>>

Olive Branch restaurant in Sowerby Bridge with heritage sign revealed

Calderdale Council is looking for people to get involved in a unique volunteering opportunity – to be part of the team at what’s said to be the world’s tallest folly. At 77 metres tall, Wainhouse Tower has dominated the Halifax skyline for almost 150 years and offers stunning panoramic views of the local landscape. The… read more … about Bring Calderdale’s history to life with new volunteering opportunity>>

Wainhouse Tower

Christmas is in full swing at Halifax Borough Market, marking the end of a year of great progress towards the Victorian building’s transformation. Calderdale Council has launched a Christmas campaign to encourage people to shop locally and visit the market for a unique festive experience. There are independent stalls selling a variety of gifts and… read more … about Merry and bright at Halifax Borough Market>>

Historic clock inside Halifax Borough Market

Libraries in Calderdale are asking people to bring their stories and objects relating to the Second World War to upcoming Digital Collection Days, as part of a national programme to preserve items from this period of history. Calderdale Council is taking part in the nationwide campaign organised by Their Finest Hour(external link), a team based… read more … about Events aim to preserve Second World War memories>>

Cllr Jenny Lynn, Calderdale Council's Cabinet Member for Public Services and Communities

A local organisation will support a bright future for the former Sowerby Bridge Youth and Community Centre, after Calderdale Council officially handed over the running of the facility to the Foundry Street Community Centre group. The former Sowerby Bridge Youth and Community Centre is a building steeped in history and originally a Wesleyan Mission Chapel…. read more … about Supporting a thriving future for Sowerby Bridge community centre>>

Foundry Street Community Centre group with keys to the building, entering the door.

Friday 22 September 2023 marks 183 years since the death of Anne Lister, and organisations around Calderdale are taking part in a programme of events to celebrate her remarkable life and legacy. The famous diarist, landowner, entrepreneur, mountaineer, scholar, traveller, and lesbian, Anne Lister, was born in Halifax on 3 April 1791 and died on… read more … about Celebrating the remarkable life and legacy of Anne Lister>>

Visitors gathered around the Anne Lister statue at the Piece Hall