Category Archives: Heritage

Dozens of local people gathered today (Wednesday 8 February) to see Elland Bridge reopen to vehicles for the first time since it was destroyed by the Boxing Day 2015 floods.   Cllr Tim Swift, Calderdale Council’s Leader, and Simon Bamford, director of asset delivery for the Canal & River Trust, declared the bridge open after cutting… read more … about Elland Bridge now open to traffic>>

Elland Bridge cars

Visitors to Todmorden Town Hall will be able to discover how mills shaped the iconic building, as the new season of free guided tours gets underway.   On Sunday 5 February at 2pm, Calderdale Council kicks off 2017’s packed programme of monthly taster tours of the Town Hall with a focus on the mills of Todmorden.  … read more … about Discover the mills of Todmorden>>

Todmorden Town Hall

On Wednesday 11 January, Calderdale Council’s Use of Resources Scrutiny Panel will meet to review progress on the Piece Hall project.  The conservation and transformation programme at the Piece Hall is being carried out by Graham Construction with funding from Calderdale Council and a significant investment of £7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The… read more … about Scrutiny to review the Piece Hall project>>

Piece Hall courtyard

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

The history of Todmorden Town Hall has been brought to life in a new guidebook featuring the many stories that the building holds.  Dr Emma Stafford, Senior Lecturer in Classics and Deputy Head of the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies at Leeds University has written the guidebook, pulling together research and stories from the… read more … about A guided history of Todmorden Town Hall>>

Tod Town Hall

Visitors to Todmorden Town Hall will be able to explore hidden parts of the Grade I listed building thanks to a fascinating new tour. For the first time since the 1970s the secret spaces in Todmorden Town Hall are being opened to the public as part of the Total Tours of Todmorden Town Hall. People… read more … about Discover secret spaces at Todmorden Town Hall>>

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

Archaeologists have removed and examined over 200 skeletons from the Square Chapel graveyard, as part of the Piece Hall transformation project in Halifax.  The excavations were undertaken by Archaeological Services WYAS as part of the £19 million transformation project funded by Calderdale Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.   The exhumations were necessary before the construction… read more … about Unlocking the secrets of the Square Chapel skeletons>>

Square Chapel bodies

Visitors to Todmorden Town Hall can now see a key feature of the heritage of the building and town, which was previously hidden from view.  Pictures of every single Mayor of Todmorden since 1896 – that’s 101 in total – have a new home within the Town Hall, to make it easier for people to… read more … about Picturing the past in Todmorden>>