Category Archives: Heritage

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>>

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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>>

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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>>

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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>>

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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>>

Todmorden Town Hall mayoral pictures

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>>

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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!>>


Engineers are reaching an important milestone in the rebuilding of Elland Bridge as they lay the foundations for the new canal bridge. Contractors working for the Canal & River Trust, the charity that cares for 2,000 miles of historic waterways in England & Wales, are this week laying the concrete that will form the foundations… read more … about Engineers lay foundations for a new Elland Bridge>>

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