Category Archives: Museums

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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Art lovers in Calderdale are invited to Bankfield Museum in Halifax, for the sixth annual Calderdale Open Art exhibition.  The exhibition, which opens on Saturday 24 September, features a selection of drawings, paintings, prints, photographs and textiles by professional and amateur artists from across the north of England. Artists have been submitting work in a… read more … about Open Art at Bankfield>>

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It’s now two years since Bankfield Museum opened its doors to the ‘For King and Country’ exhibition, commemorating the centenary of the First World War. Calderdale Council set up the exhibition to commemorate the area’s contribution to the First World War, by sharing over 60 local stories, hundreds of objects and various archives from the… read more … about An anniversary fit ‘For King and Country’>>

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Visitors to Bankfield Museum in Halifax will benefit from new exhibitions, improved access and a new multi-use space for community groups, after Calderdale Council secured £120,000 from the Arts Council England Museum Resilience Fund. The Council will use the funding in a variety of ways to attract a wider range of visitors from all backgrounds;… read more … about Funding boost for Bankfield Museum>>

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It may just be the start of the summer holidays, but ‘winter is coming’ to Bankfield Museum this week, as a giant White Walker from the television series Game of Thrones will be displayed from Saturday 30 July. The Hardhome Embroidery, featuring a thirteen feet high White Walker, was originally created for the television network… read more … about Winter is coming: Game of Thrones White Walker comes to Halifax>>

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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!>>

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The Industrial Museum in Halifax will now be operated by Calderdale Industrial Museum Association (CIMA), after Calderdale Council handed over the keys at a ceremony on Wednesday 25 May 2016. Dozens of people gathered at the Industrial Museum to see the Mayor of Calderdale, Cllr Howard Blagbrough, pass a golden key to the Chair of… read more … about Major step forward for Calderdale Industrial Museum>>

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Calderdale Council has unveiled plans to celebrate this year’s bicentenary of the birth of world-renowned author, Charlotte Brontë. Novelist and Brontë enthusiast Tracy Chevalier, who wrote Girl with a Pearl Earring, has created a new exhibition for Bankfield Museum in Halifax, in conjunction with the Quilters’ Guild and the Brontë Society. Splendid Shreds of Silk… read more … about Bringing the Brontës to Calderdale>>

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