Keeping our heritage alive

Cllr Tim Swift

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 the enjoyment of local residents and visitors.

The Council is delighted to announce that Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service has agreed to donate the heritage items to the museums service.

Cllr Tim Swift, Calderdale Council’s Leader, said:

“Whilst we are disappointed about the closure of Halifax Magistrates Court, we are pleased to be able to keep part of its history alive in Calderdale and would like to thank Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service for donating these fascinating historical items.


“The items are real gems which play an important part in our local heritage and deserve to be preserved for years to come. Our museums service will work with Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service to ensure that the artefacts are transferred safely into our collections. We hope to put them on display later in the year for current and future generations to enjoy.”

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