Anne Lister Birthday Festival 2023

Join us for a celebration of the life of the extraordinary Anne ‘Gentleman Jack’ Lister of Shibden Hall (1791-1840).

Anne was a remarkable woman: landowner, entrepreneur, mountaineer, scholar, traveller, and lesbian. Her fascinating diaries of some five million words – one-sixth of which was written in a secret code! – detailed her life, loves, health, business interests and politics on a daily basis. Her journals are so historically significant they have been inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.

Anne Lister’s story now inspires people across the globe, following the international success of Sally Wainwright’s BBC/HBO TV show ‘Gentleman Jack’, which is based on Anne’s life and diaries, and was filmed here in Calderdale.

The Anne Lister Birthday Festival 2023 gives you the opportunity to follow in Anne Lister’s  footsteps here in Halifax, Yorkshire. Explore the places she knew, lived in and visited; learn about her life – and see where the TV show Gentleman Jack was filmed.

Here’s our day-by-day guide to what’s on throughout the Festival. Follow the links below for full details of each event and to book your places or buy tickets, where relevant.

 

The Festival at a glance – more details on all events below: 

Monday 27th March 2023 

  • 10am-4pm: Anne Lister – In Her Words exhibition, West Yorkshire History Centre, Wakefield
  • 10am-4pm: Halifax Minster open
  • 10am-5pm: Shibden Hall open
  • 10.30am: “Halifax Revealed” walking tour, 1½-2hrs
  • 11am, 1.30pm and 3pm: Streets in the Sky tours, Halifax Borough Market
  • 1.30-2.30pm: The Piece Hall tour
  • 3pm: Anne Lister-themed Afternoon Tea, Harveys of Halifax
  • 3-5pm: Adult coding workshop, Halifax Central Library
  • 7-9pm: Halifax Murders, Sudden Deaths, Crimes and Illegal Burials walk

Tuesday 28th March 2023 

  • 10am-4pm: Anne Lister – In Her Words exhibition, West Yorkshire History Centre, Wakefield
  • 10am-4pm: Halifax Minster open
  • 10am-5pm: Shibden Hall open
  • 10am: Limited Edition “Halifax Town Hall Treasures and Welcome from the Mayor” Tour with tea and scones
  • 10-11.30am: Dean Clough Heritage Guided Tours
  • 10.30am: “Halifax Revealed” walking tour
  • 11am and 2pm: A private viewing of costumes from Gentleman Jack with Costume and Textiles, Bankfield Museum – SOLD OUT
  • 1.30-2.30pm: The Piece Hall tour
  • 2pm: Walk around the Lower Brear environs, Shibden Estate

Wednesday 29th March 2023 

  • 10am-4pm: Diaries and other items on display in the archives search room – West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale search room
  • 10am-4pm: Halifax Minster open
  • 10am-5pm: Shibden Hall open
  • 10am: Limited Edition “Halifax Town Hall Treasures and Welcome from the Mayor” Tour with tea and scones
  • 10.30am: “Halifax Revealed” walking tour
  • 1.30-2.30pm: The Piece Hall tour
  • 3pm: Anne Lister-themed Afternoon Tea, Harveys of Halifax
  • 7.30pm: ‘Some Gay Kings, Queens and Princes’ talk

Thursday 30th March 2023 

  • 10am-4pm: Anne Lister – In Her Words exhibition, West Yorkshire History Centre, Wakefield
  • 10am-4pm: Diaries and other items on display in the archives search room – West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale search room
  • 10am-4pm: Calderdale Industrial Museum, shop and café open
  • 10am-4pm: Halifax Minster open
  • 10am-5pm: Shibden Hall open
  • 10-11.30am: Dean Clough Heritage Guided Tours
  • 10am-12.30pm and 1-3.30-pm: Ann Walker watercolour workshop
  • 10.30am: Anne Lister walk incorporating the Way of the Setts
  • 1.30-2.30pm: The Piece Hall tour

Friday 31st March 2023 

  • 10am-4pm: Anne Lister – In Her Words exhibition, West Yorkshire History Centre, Wakefield
  • 10am-4pm: Diaries and other items on display in the archives search room – West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale search room
  • 10am-4pm: Halifax Minster open
  • 10am-5pm: Shibden Hall open
  • 10am-12pm and 2-4pm: Lightcliffe Tower open
  • 10.30am: “Halifax Revealed” walking tour
  • 10.30-11.30am and 2.30-3.30pm: Conserving Anne’s Diaries talk, Meeting Room, Central Library and Archives
  • 1.30-2.30pm: The Piece Hall tour
  • 7-11pm: Anne Lister Ball, Todmorden Town Hall

Saturday 1st April 2023 

  • 10am-4pm: Diaries and other items on display in the archives search room – West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale search room
  • 10am-4pm: Halifax Minster open
  • 10am-12pm: Heritage Bus Tour of Halifax
  • 10am-12.30pm: Ann Walker watercolour workshop
  • 10.30am: “Halifax Revealed” walking tour
  • 10.30am-2.30pm: Children’s top hat decorating workshop, Central Library, Halifax
  • 11am-5pm: Shibden Hall open
  • 11am-3pm: Dean Clough Artists’ Open Studios & Talks
  • 1-3.30pm: Ann Walker watercolour workshop
  • 1.30-2.30pm: The Piece Hall tour
  • 2pm: “Halifax Town Hall Tour Treasures” Tour

Sunday 2nd April 2023 

  • 10am-12pm: Heritage Bus Tour of Halifax
  • 10am-1.30pm: Historical Halifax Panoramic Walking Tour
  • 10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm: Help Build Shibden Hall – LEGO Drop-in Sessions
  • 10.30am: “Halifax Revealed” walking tour
  • 11am-5pm: Shibden Hall open
  • 12-4pm: Halifax Minster open
  • 1.30-2.30pm: The Piece Hall tour
  • 4.00pm: Visit to see inside the former Holy Trinity Church

Monday 3rd April 2023 

  • Throughout the day: Jane Austin, watercolour artist, painting at Shibden Hall
  • 9-10am: Flower laying at The Piece Hall
  • 10am-4pm: Anne Lister – In Her Words exhibition, West Yorkshire History Centre, Wakefield
  • 10am-4pm: Halifax Minster open
  • 10am-5pm: Shibden Hall open
  • 10-11am, 11.30am-12.30pm and 1pm-2pm: Anne Lister Codebreakers Sessions talks x 3 workshops, West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale search room
  • 11am, 1.30pm and 3pm: Streets in the Sky tours, Halifax Borough Market
  • 11am-1pm: Heritage Bus Tour of Halifax
  • 1-2.15pm and 3-4.15pm: Stop Motion animation Lego workshop, Central Library, Halifax
  • 1.30pm-2.30pm: The Piece Hall tour
  • 2pm: Halifax Town Hall Tour
  • 2pm: In Conversation with Helena Whitbread, Bankfield Museum – SOLD OUT

Tuesday 4th April 2023  

  • 10am-4pm: Yorkshire Rose 1-day carving course, West Riding Stonecarving Association, Halifax

 

EVENTS IN MORE DETAIL…:

Throughout the Festival:

Halifax Minster: the magnificent 900-year old building that was such an important part of Anne Lister’s life and is where she was baptised, worshipped and is buried, will be open for quiet reflection throughout the Festival. The Minster will be open every day of the Festival from 10am-4pm (12-4pm on Sunday), and refreshments will be available – see Minster website for details and for more information here.

Shibden Hall and Park is open daily.  Hall open Mon-Fri 10-5, Sat-Sun 11-5; park open 24/7 (some facilities in the park, such as the café, railway, boating lake, have restricted hours).

Check website to confirm opening times and to book tickets for entrance to Shibden Hall.  Tickets must be booked ahead.

Shibden Hall dates back to 1420 and offers visitors a fascinating journey through the lives of the people who lived and worked here, including the noted lesbian diarist Anne Lister. Shibden Hall is the focus of the BBC drama series ‘Gentleman Jack’, written by Sally Wainwright, exploring the life of Anne Lister, and is where much of the series was filmed. The Hall is surrounded by the beautifully restored gardens and estate that forms Shibden Park. There are a range of features and attractions in the Park, including a café and visitor facilities, miniature railway, boating lake, walking trails, play area and woodland areas.

Bankfield Museum is open Tues-Sat 10-4. Closed Sunday, Monday. Drop-in, no booking required. See website for more details.

A museum since 1887, Bankfield tells the story of Halifax and Calderdale, using its rich and diverse collections. Set in the attractive surrounding of Akroyd Park, at the centre of Akroydon model village conservation area, this Victorian mansion was the home of local mill owner, philanthropist and MP, Colonel Edward Akroyd. Bankfield Museum’s displays cover local history, costume, art, toys, military history, jewellery and textiles from around the world. Bankfield also host temporary exhibitions including costume, embroidery, quilting, textile art, paintings and photography.

Halifax Central Library (see website for details of opening days/times): this magnificent building, featuring the original rose window, will have Anne Lister-themed displays throughout the Festival. Other resources are also available in the library and online for people to find out more about Halifax in Anne’s time, and the extremely helpful staff in the Library can assist with this.

Dean Clough Nestled on the edge of Halifax town centre, Dean Clough is a 22-acre mixed-use mill complex that spans half a mile in length. This breathtaking site is home to 16 Grade II listed Victorian mills housing art galleries, bars, restaurants, cafés, shops and a hotel, making it a bustling hub of activity and a must-see destination for visitors. For more detailed information about each event, please visit website.

Take part in Dean Clough’s Art, Heritage, and Family Self-Guided Trails (3 trails) throughout the Festival – copies of all trail leaflets are available from D Mill Reception. All trails take approximately 1 hour to complete. Free. Booking not required.

The following exhibitions are on in Dean Clough’s Galleries – showing until 7th May 2023. Free. Booking not required.

‘I Know What I Like’ – Crossley Gallery, D Mill – An original exhibition in which leading northern artists have been invited to display one of their own works alongside an individual piece by an artist they admire or wish to promote.

‘Diana Terry: Landmarks’ – Upstairs Gallery, D Mill – A touring exhibition of internationally collected artist Diana Terry’s interpretive Pennine landscapes, initially prompted by the wildfires on Marsden Moor in 2018/19. Supported by Arts Council England.

Hop on-hop off shuttle bus An Anne Lister Festival hop on-hop off shuttle bus will run for the duration of the Festival, from Monday 27th March to Monday 3rd April (inclusive). The bus will run from Horton Street in Halifax Town Centre, to Shibden Hall, to Bankfield Museum, to Dean Clough, to Horton Street – on a loop throughout the day. Tickets can be bought on the bus – individual or day tickets available. The bus is wheelchair accessible, with space for 1 wheelchair.

 

Monday 27th March 2023 

10am-4pm: Anne Lister – In Her Words exhibition, West Yorkshire History Centre, 127 Kirkgate, Wakefield, WF1 1JG. Drop in. Free

Diarist. Landowner. Lesbian. Traveller.

There are a lot of ways to describe the dynamic Anne Lister.  Visit the West Yorkshire History Centre, Wakefield, for a unique chance to see archival material from the Shibden Hall collection including some of Anne’s famous diaries on display.  Find out about the life of a remarkable woman in her own words.

More information here.

10am-4pm: Halifax Minster will be open for quiet reflection, and refreshments will be available – for more information click here.

10am-5pm: Shibden Hall and Park will be open (Park open 24/7, but some facilities in the park, such as the café, railway, boating lake, have restricted hours). Tickets must be booked ahead for Shibden Hall – click here for more information and to book tickets.

10.30am: “Halifax Revealed” walking tour, 1½-2hrs. £10

Welcome to Halifax! Whether you have lived here all your life or it is your first time here and want to orientate yourself around town through the buildings and stories of our history, join us for a fascinating insight into Halifax Heritage. Come for a walk with a local guide, pointing out buildings and places previously unknown to you and hearing interesting details from the Medieval, Georgian and Victorian eras through to more modern times!  Learn about the philanthropists and industrialists who shaped the heritage of Halifax through generations and encounter some of the listed buildings, including the Town Hall and the Piece Hall, which they left as their legacy.

Tours start/end at DiscoverHalifax, 10, The Square, Woolshops, HX1 1RJ. Please note that this is a circular walk, starting uphill so ensure you wear suitable footwear. Duration 1½ to 2 hours.  Tickets must be booked ahead, and the link for the further information, enquiries and ticket sales is here

11am, 1.30pm and 3pm: Streets in the Sky tours, Halifax Borough Market. £5

Did you know that above Halifax Borough Market there are two ‘secret’ streets? Discover them with a Streets in the Sky guided tour!

On these tours you’ll explore the unique architecture of the Grade II* listed Halifax Borough Market, learn about its history, visit both of the Market balcony ‘Streets in the Sky’, where the houses are still used by the businesses below and a couple are still lived in; and get an exclusive look inside one of the uninhabited houses.

Afterwards you can do some shopping, grab a cuppa and enjoy some food at one of the locally-owned independent cafes and delis in the Market.

11am Tour: Book Tickets Here.

1.30pm Tour: Book Tickets Here.

3pm Tour: Book Tickets Here.

 

1.30-2.30pm: The Piece Hall tour. £6

Over its almost 250-yr history, The Piece Hall has been home to the weird, the wonderful and the fantastical. Experience a guided tour with one of our knowledgeable heritage guides who will lead you around the grand colonnades and delve deeper into The Piece Hall’s captivating past.

Book tickets here

3pm: Anne Lister-themed Afternoon Tea, Harveys of Halifax, Rawson Street, HX1 1LJ – £14.75 with tea/coffee, £16.75 with glass of prosecco 

This special Anne Lister Afternoon Tea will be in the comfortable and attractive settings of Harveys famous restaurant on the 2nd Floor, and will offer a selection of sandwiches, cakes, and of course a scone with clotted cream and jam! You can choose between either tea/coffee, or for a small extra charge really celebrate in style with a glass of prosecco. The perfect welcome to Halifax, and a great place to relax with friends – new or old, at this exclusive event for the Anne Lister Birthday Festival!

Harveys of Halifax is a 4th-generation family-run department store trading on Rawson Street in the centre of Halifax, its grand home since 1950, although the business started back in the 1920s. The glass lift inside this magnificent building will transport you up four floors of quality shopping including ladies fashions, shoes and accessories, perfumery and cosmetics, menswear, lingerie, linens, homewares and gifts.

Reservations required: to book your slot click here

3-5pm: Adult coding workshop, Halifax Central Library. £2/Free with PPTL 

Inspired by Anne Lister’s use of code we are running an introduction to computer coding workshop for adults. Aimed at total beginners you will be introduced to the concept of coding, and then using a basic programme called Scratch you will learn to make your own version of the classic game Pong – with an Anne Lister twist, of course!
Booking is essential. Book your place here

7-9pm: Halifax Murders, Sudden Deaths, Crimes and Illegal Burials walk. £5 

Starting at the notorious Halifax Gibbet – scene of many violent deaths, we shall visit the site of a Luddite ‘crime’ of 1812, locate the place of an attempted murder by soldiers in Chartist times, learn about the goldsmith arsonist, and the slain newspaper compositor. Also, find out about the Christmas murder of 1908, the killing of a Tudor vicar, and the early crimes of JRH Christie. But what about illegal burials?

This is a linear walk AFTER DARK – please feel free to bring torches! Not suitable for those with mobility or sight limitations. Good vision and strong footwear required, some walking will be on grass surfaces. The walk finishes at the former Halifax Magistrates Court, Harrison Road and an escort will be available afterwards to walk you back to the start if required.

Tickets must be booked ahead. To book click here. If you need help with this, please call at the Halifax Information Hub, 10, The Square, Woolshops – near the Piece Hall

 

Tuesday 28th March 2023 

10am-4pm: Anne Lister – In Her Words exhibition, West Yorkshire History Centre, 127 Kirkgate, Wakefield, WF1 1JG. Drop in. Free 

Diarist. Landowner. Lesbian. Traveller.

There are a lot of ways to describe the dynamic Anne Lister.  Visit the West Yorkshire History Centre, Wakefield, for a unique chance to see archival material from the Shibden Hall collection including some of Anne’s famous diaries on display.  Find out about the life of a remarkable woman in her own words.

More information here

10am-4pm: Halifax Minster will be open for quiet reflection, and refreshments will be available – for more information click here.

10am-5pm: Shibden Hall and Park will be open (Park open 24/7, but some facilities in the park, such as the café, railway, boating lake, have restricted hours). Tickets must be booked ahead for Shibden Hall – click here for more information and to book tickets

10am: Limited Edition “Halifax Town Hall Treasures and Welcome from the Mayor” Tour with tea and scones, 1-1½ hours. £15 

Join us on our special guided tour of Halifax Town Hall, a building of immense architectural significance both inside and out, and be welcomed to Halifax Town Hall by the Mayor of Calderdale on this “limited edition” tour!

This striking building was voted one of the top ten Town Halls in the country in 2008 by Architect Today magazine and has been described as truly outstanding by Historic England. Designed by Sir Charles Barry, architect of the Houses of Parliament, it was opened on 4 August 1863 by HRH The Prince of Wales. It was built to be the most grand and significant building in the town and stands today as a proud and permanent reminder of the affluence of Halifax in the Victorian era. This building never fails to impress visitors who travel from all over the country and world to see its splendours!

Tours start/end outside the Town Hall entrance.
Please let us know, when you book, if lift/wheelchair access to different floors is required so that we can arrange this in advance.

Tickets must be booked ahead, and the link for further information, enquiries and ticket sales is here

10-11.30am: Dean Clough Heritage Guided Tours, 1½hrs. £5, all proceeds to the Arts Charity at Dean Clough 

Learn about the history of Halifax’s amazing Dean Clough site and the heritage of it, including its role in the Industrial Revolution and its transformation into a modern business and cultural hub.

You must book ahead, here

10.30am: “Halifax Revealed” walking tour, 1½-2hrs. £10 

Welcome to Halifax! Whether you have lived here all your life or it is your first time here and want to orientate yourself around town through the buildings and stories of our history, join us for a fascinating insight into Halifax Heritage. Come for a walk with a local guide, pointing out buildings and places previously unknown to you and hearing interesting details from the Medieval, Georgian and Victorian eras through to more modern times!  Learn about the philanthropists and industrialists who shaped the heritage of Halifax through generations and encounter some of the listed buildings, including the Town Hall and the Piece Hall, which they left as their legacy.

Tours start/end at DiscoverHalifax, 10, The Square, Woolshops, HX1 1RJ. Please note that this is a circular walk, starting uphill so ensure you wear suitable footwear. Duration 1½ to 2 hours.

Tickets must be booked ahead, and the link for further information, enquiries and ticket sales is here

11am and 2pm: A private viewing of costumes from Gentleman Jack with Costume and Textiles, with Curator Elinor Camille-Wood, Bankfield Museum. £15 per ticket – PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

A chance to see some of the costumes from Gentleman Jack by costume designer Tom Pye up close. Join costume and textiles curator Elinor Camille-Wood for a closer look at some of the costumes from Gentleman Jack by costume designer Tom Pye. An exclusive chance to get up close to a selection of costumes from the series and see their fabric, construction and inspiration from the 1830s.

Tickets available here – PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

1.30-2.30pm: The Piece Hall tour. £6 

Over its almost 250-yr history, The Piece Hall has been home to the weird, the wonderful and the fantastical. Experience a guided tour with one of our knowledgeable heritage guides who will lead you around the grand colonnades and delve deeper into The Piece Hall’s captivating past.

Book tickets here

2pm: Walk around the Lower Brear environs, Shibden Estate, 1½hrs. By donation 

David Glover will lead a circular walk up to Lower Brear, and then on to Mytholm, talking about some of the properties which were owned by Anne Lister, and history along the way. If it is possible then we shall pay a visit inside Lower Brear. Should this happen then there will be no seating available inside the house, but this would be an exclusive opportunity to see inside one of Anne Lister’s ancient properties, tenanted in her time by George Robinson. Meet by the café in Shibden Park: Coffee Culture In The Park,  Mereside Centre, Shibden Park, HX3 6XG.  The walk will include some steep parts, and appropriate footwear/clothing should be worn.

 

Wednesday 29th March 2023 

10am-4pm: Diaries and other items on display in the archives search room – West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale search room, lower ground floor, Central Library and Archives, Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG. Drop in. Free 

Ever wanted to see one of Anne’s famous diaries in person? Ever wondered what other amazing paper records Anne left behind? Well, we have got you covered, visit our search room at the Central Library and Archives in Halifax to see a display of diaries and other items from the Shibden Hall archive collection.

10am-4pm: Halifax Minster will be open for quiet reflection, and refreshments will be available – for more information click here

10am-5pm: Shibden Hall and Park will be open (Park open 24/7, but some facilities in the park, such as the café, railway, boating lake, have restricted hours). Tickets must be booked ahead for Shibden Hall – click here for more information and to book tickets

10am: Limited Edition “Halifax Town Hall Treasures and Welcome from the Mayor” Tour with tea and scones. £15 

Join us on our special guided tour of Halifax Town Hall, a building of immense architectural significance both inside and out, and be welcomed to Halifax Town Hall by the Mayor of Calderdale on this “limited edition” tour!

This striking building was voted one of the top ten Town Halls in the country in 2008 by Architect Today magazine and has been described as truly outstanding by Historic England. Designed by Sir Charles Barry, architect of the Houses of Parliament, it was opened on 4 August 1863 by HRH The Prince of Wales. It was built to be the most grand and significant building in the town and stands today as a proud and permanent reminder of the affluence of Halifax in the Victorian era. This building never fails to impress visitors who travel from all over the country and world to see its splendours!
Tours start/end outside the Town Hall entrance.
Please let us know, when you book, if lift/wheelchair access to different floors is required so that we can arrange this in advance.

Tickets must be booked ahead, and the link for further information, enquiries and ticket sales is here

10.30am: “Halifax Revealed” walking tour, 1½-2hrs. £10 

Welcome to Halifax! Whether you have lived here all your life or it is your first time here and want to orientate yourself around town through the buildings and stories of our history, join us for a fascinating insight into Halifax Heritage. Come for a walk with a local guide, pointing out buildings and places previously unknown to you and hearing interesting details from the Medieval, Georgian and Victorian eras through to more modern times!  Learn about the philanthropists and industrialists who shaped the heritage of Halifax through generations and encounter some of the listed buildings, including the Town Hall and the Piece Hall, which they left as their legacy.

Tours start/end at DiscoverHalifax, 10, The Square, Woolshops, HX1 1RJ. Please note that this is a circular walk, starting uphill so ensure you wear suitable footwear. Duration 1½ to 2 hours.

Tickets must be booked ahead, and the link for further information, enquiries and ticket sales is here

1.30-2.30pm: The Piece Hall tour. £6 

Over its almost 250-yr history, The Piece Hall has been home to the weird, the wonderful and the fantastical. Experience a guided tour with one of our knowledgeable heritage guides who will lead you around the grand colonnades and delve deeper into The Piece Hall’s captivating past.

Book tickets here

3pm: Anne Lister-themed Afternoon Tea, Harveys of Halifax, Rawson Street, HX1 1LJ – £14.75 with tea/coffee, £16.75 with glass of prosecco 

This special Anne Lister Afternoon Tea will be in the comfortable and attractive settings of Harveys famous restaurant on the 2nd Floor, and will offer a selection of sandwiches, cakes, and of course a scone with clotted cream and jam! You can choose between either tea/coffee, or for a small extra charge really celebrate in style with a glass of prosecco. The perfect welcome to Halifax, and a great place to relax with friends – new or old, at this exclusive event for the Anne Lister Birthday Festival!

Harveys of Halifax is a 4th-generation family-run department store trading on Rawson Street in the centre of Halifax, its grand home since 1950, although the business started back in the 1920s. The glass lift inside this magnificent building will transport you up four floors of quality shopping including ladies fashions, shoes and accessories, perfumery and cosmetics, menswear, lingerie, linens, homewares and gifts.

Reservations required: to book your slot click here

7.30pm: ‘Some Gay Kings, Queens and Princes’ talk 1½hrs, Calderdale Industrial Museum, Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG. £7

David Glover will give an illustrated lecture, with tales of Edward the Second, Queen Christina of Sweden, Queen Anne, Ludwig II of Bavaria, a cross-dressing archduke, an uncle of the late Queen, an uncle of Prince Philip, and others…!

Book your place here

 

Thursday 30th March 2023 

10am-4pm: Anne Lister – In Her Words exhibition, West Yorkshire History Centre, 127 Kirkgate, Wakefield, WF1 1JG. Drop in. Free

Diarist. Landowner. Lesbian. Traveller.

There are a lot of ways to describe the dynamic Anne Lister.  Visit the West Yorkshire History Centre, Wakefield, for a unique chance to see archival material from the Shibden Hall collection including some of Anne’s famous diaries on display.  Find out about the life of a remarkable woman in her own words.

More information here

10am-4pm: Diaries and other items on display in the archives search room – West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale search room, lower ground floor, Central Library and Archives, Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG. Drop in. Free 

Ever wanted to see one of Anne’s famous diaries in person? Ever wondered what other amazing paper records Anne left behind? Well, we have got you covered, visit our search room at the Central Library and Archives in Halifax to see a display of diaries and other items from the Shibden Hall archive collection.

10am-4pm: Calderdale Industrial Museum, shop and café will be open for visitors to tour the museum. Updated display on Anne Lister’s mines, and volunteers will be available to show visitors around and answer questions. Calderdale Industrial Museum, Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG. £5 entry, £4 concessions, U16s free. 

Calderdale Industrial Museum is a fascinating museum, dedicated to the industrial heritage of the area from domestic textile manufacture in the 17thC through to modern machine tools. The museum contains a number of working machines, some of which date back almost two hundred years – all of which were either built or used in Halifax. The museum is unusual because it covers such a wide range of industries in one museum. As well as machines and machinery the museum also has multiple displays, including those relating to world-famous names such as Mackintosh’s Toffees (which became Quality Street) and Crossley’s Carpets, both of which were ‘born in Halifax’; it also has information on some of the famous names associated with the area.

10am-4pm: Halifax Minster will be open for quiet reflection, and refreshments will be available – for more information click here

10am-5pm: Shibden Hall and Park will be open (Park open 24/7, but some facilities in the park, such as the café, railway, boating lake, have restricted hours). Tickets must be booked ahead for Shibden Hall – click here for more information and to book tickets

10-11.30am: Dean Clough Heritage Guided Tours 1½hrs, all proceeds to the Arts Charity at Dean Clough. £5.

Learn about the history of Halifax’s amazing Dean Clough site and the heritage of it, including its role in the Industrial Revolution and its transformation into a modern business and cultural hub. You must book ahead, click here

10am-12.30pm and 1-3.30-pm: Ann Walker watercolour workshop with Jane Austin. Education Room, Bankfield Museum. £30 

Enjoy the Ann Walker experience – no bonnet required!

Come and join local artist Jane Austin for a watercolour workshop in a relaxed atmosphere at Bankfield Museum. A beautiful museum free to explore with ample parking and just a hop from Halifax town – get there on the hop on-hop off shuttle bus!

Each session will be suitable for beginners as well as more advanced artists, with minimal drawing.

The price includes all source material, painting equipment, a means to take your painting home and refreshments.

The morning session will be on ‘Rievaulx Abbey’ – Using a rapid method of applying paint over a basic drawing we can quickly bring out the beauty of the abbey ruins. A limited palette will give an aged feel and bring us closer to similar colours available to Ann Walker at the time.

The afternoon session will be on ‘Shibden Hall through the Trees’ – A moody glimpse of Shibden Hall with high contrast of light and dark creating drama. Making use of implements other than brushes we will create foliage and trees.

See Jane’s website to book – click here or email her: janewatercolour@aol.com

10.30am: Anne Lister walk incorporating the Way of the Setts, meet at Halifax Minster. Free 

Meet at Halifax Minster, where the walk up to Beacon Hill, via the ancient Old Bank – Anne Lister’s regular route from and to Halifax to do her daily business, including to buy her diaries, to see her solicitor, and of course to worship at what was then the Parish Church. The walk also takes in Walker Pit, and down into Cunnery Wood, and all under the expert guidance of one of Calderdale Council’s Countryside Services Team, who manage all of this ancient land. Bring your picnic to have once we arrive at Shibden Park, before returning back to the Minster. An event not to be missed, when you can truly walk in Anne Lister’s footsteps! Appropriate footwear should be worn, and please note that this walk includes some very steep sections, which can be slippery underfoot

1.30-2.30pm: The Piece Hall tour. £6

Over its almost 250-yr history, The Piece Hall has been home to the weird, the wonderful and the fantastical. Experience a guided tour with one of our knowledgeable heritage guides who will lead you around the grand colonnades and delve deeper into The Piece Hall’s captivating past.

Book tickets here

 

Friday 31st March 2023 

10am-4pm: Anne Lister – In Her Words exhibition, West Yorkshire History Centre, 127 Kirkgate, Wakefield, WF1 1JG. Drop in. Free

Diarist. Landowner. Lesbian. Traveller.

There are a lot of ways to describe the dynamic Anne Lister.  Visit the West Yorkshire History Centre, Wakefield, for a unique chance to see archival material from the Shibden Hall collection including some of Anne’s famous diaries on display.  Find out about the life of a remarkable woman in her own words.

More information here

10am-4pm: Diaries and other items on display in the archives search room – West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale search room, lower ground floor, Central Library and Archives, Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG. Drop in. Free 

Ever wanted to see one of Anne’s famous diaries in person? Ever wondered what other amazing paper records Anne left behind? Well, we have got you covered, visit our search room at the Central Library and Archives in Halifax to see a display of diaries and other items from the Shibden Hall archive collection

10am-4pm: Halifax Minster will be open for quiet reflection, and refreshments will be available – for more information click here

10am-5pm: Shibden Hall and Park will be open (Park open 24/7, but some facilities in the park, such as the café, railway, boating lake, have restricted hours). Tickets must be booked ahead for Shibden Hall – click here for more information and to book tickets

10am-12pm, and 2-4pm: Lightcliffe Tower open, Old St Matthew’s Churchyard, Lightcliffe, HX3 8TH. Drop in. Free, but donations towards the upkeep of the tower and churchyard very much appreciated 

The Friends of Friendless Churches/Friends of St Matthew’s Churchyard are opening Lightcliffe Tower for two hours, twice on Friday to allow visitors to see inside the Tower and the memorials it contains, including Ann Walker’s newly restored plaque.  Leaflets will be available explaining more about the memorials in the Tower, as well as where the Gentleman Jack grave plots are, and other plots relevant to the Ann Walker and Anne Lister story

10.30am: “Halifax Revealed” walking tour, 1½-2hrs. £10 

Welcome to Halifax! Whether you have lived here all your life or it is your first time here and want to orientate yourself around town through the buildings and stories of our history, join us for a fascinating insight into Halifax Heritage. Come for a walk with a local guide, pointing out buildings and places previously unknown to you and hearing interesting details from the Medieval, Georgian and Victorian eras through to more modern times!  Learn about the philanthropists and industrialists who shaped the heritage of Halifax through generations and encounter some of the listed buildings, including the Town Hall and the Piece Hall, which they left as their legacy.

Tours start/end at DiscoverHalifax, 10, The Square, Woolshops, HX1 1RJ. Please note that this is a circular walk, starting uphill so ensure you wear suitable footwear. Duration 1½ to 2 hours.

Tickets must be booked ahead, and the link for further information, enquiries and ticket sales is here

10.30-11.30am and 2.30-3.30pm: Conserving Anne’s Diaries talk, Meeting Room, Central Library and Archives, Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG. £5, book via Eventbrite

Join our Conservation and Calderdale teams to hear all about the conservation and preservation of Anne’s amazing diaries and how we make the diaries accessible to all online. As well as recent work undertaken to create a 3D diary using photogrammetry.

Tickets must be booked ahead.

The morning session can be booked here

Afternoon session here

1.30-2.30pm: The Piece Hall tour. £6 

Over its almost 250-yr history, The Piece Hall has been home to the weird, the wonderful and the fantastical. Experience a guided tour with one of our knowledgeable heritage guides who will lead you around the grand colonnades and delve deeper into The Piece Hall’s captivating past.

Book tickets here

7-11pm: Anne Lister Ball, Todmorden Town Hall (CMBC). Called dances and buffet food. £50 per ticket 

An Anne Lister themed Ball – no dancing experience required, as all dances will be called.

Dress Code: Period dress preferred 1790 -1840, or your own interpretation of it.

Music provided by The Pemberley Players. There is a practice session for beginners 2pm – 4pm in the Ballroom included in the ticket price.

A cold buffet will be provided including vegetarian and vegan options. There will be a bar available to purchase drinks and water will be provided.

Tickets available available here

Saturday 1st April 2023 

10am-4pm: Diaries and other items on display in the archives search room – West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale search room, lower ground floor, Central Library and Archives, Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG. Drop in. Free 

Ever wanted to see one of Anne’s famous diaries in person? Ever wondered what other amazing paper records Anne left behind? Well, we have got you covered, visit our search room at the Central Library and Archives in Halifax to see a display of diaries and other items from the Shibden Hall archive collection

10am-4pm: Halifax Minster will be open for quiet reflection, and refreshments will be available – for more information click here

10am-12pm: Heritage Bus Tour of Halifax, approx. 2hrs. £10 

Jump aboard our informative heritage bus ride. See places which you might not know much about or even knew existed! Places with a wealth of history to tell, many with listed building status. Let our guides tell you more about some of the fascinating buildings and areas just a short distance from the town centre. How they fit into the rich heritage of Halifax and how the past has shaped the town of today. We will show you the world’s tallest folly, buildings and parks provided by the town’s wealthy philanthropists, tell the story of who built the church with the tallest spire, and even show you the site of the gruesome guillotine (the Gibbet) used in Halifax from 1286 to 1650.
Embark/Disembark the bus at the lay by on Charles Street, on the bottom side of the M&S Car Park.  This bus does not have disabled access but please send us your details if you require this on future bus tours when we hope to be able to provide this facility.

Tickets must be booked ahead, and the link for further information, enquiries and ticket sales is here

10am-12.30pm: Ann Walker watercolour workshop with Jane Austin. Education Room, Bankfield Museum. £25 

Enjoy the Ann Walker experience – no bonnet required.

Come and join local artist Jane Austin for a watercolour workshop in a relaxed atmosphere at Bankfield Museum. A beautiful museum free to explore with ample parking and just a hop from Halifax town.

Each session will be suitable for beginners as well as more advanced artists, with minimal drawing.

The price includes all source material, painting equipment, a means to take your painting home and refreshments.

This morning’s session will be on ‘Anne Lister’s Shibden Walk’ – Climbing up the steps from the beck to Simm Carr, treading in Anne’s footsteps there are so many old paths, steps and ginnels to explore in the valley. A quiet corner to paint in dappled light. More quick techniques to create this symphony of summer greens.

See Jane’s website to book here or email her: janewatercolour@aol.com

10.30am: “Halifax Revealed” walking tour, 1½-2hrs. £10 

Welcome to Halifax! Whether you have lived here all your life or it is your first time here and want to orientate yourself around town through the buildings and stories of our history, join us for a fascinating insight into Halifax Heritage. Come for a walk with a local guide, pointing out buildings and places previously unknown to you and hearing interesting details from the Medieval, Georgian and Victorian eras through to more modern times!  Learn about the philanthropists and industrialists who shaped the heritage of Halifax through generations and encounter some of the listed buildings, including the Town Hall and the Piece Hall, which they left as their legacy.

Tours start/end at DiscoverHalifax, 10, The Square, Woolshops, HX1 1RJ. Please note that this is a circular walk, starting uphill so ensure you wear suitable footwear. Duration 1½ to 2 hours.

Tickets must be booked ahead, and the link for further information, enquiries and ticket sales is here

10.30am-2.30pm: Children’s top hat decorating workshop, Halifax Central Library. Free

Family drop in. Inspired by Anne Lister come and decorate your own top hat. Just turn up at Central Library to take part!

11am-5pm: Shibden Hall and Park will be open (Park open 24/7, but some facilities in the park, such as the café, railway, boating lake, have restricted hours). Tickets must be booked ahead for Shibden Hall – click here for more information and to book tickets

11am-3pm: Dean Clough Artists’ Open Studios & Talks 

The Dean Clough-based artists are opening their studios in Fletchers Mill – a great opportunity to meet the artists and see their studios! There will also be informal talks about their work and the work of the Arts Charity at Dean Clough (ACDC), followed by Q&A sessions – featuring artists Tom Wood, Jake Attree, Chris Mould, Laura Jade, Frank Darnley and Jeffrey Andrews.

Booking is not required for studio visits but is recommended for artist talks which take place from 11am-3pm and last for 30mins each.
Book for the talks here

1-3.30pm: Ann Walker watercolour workshop with Jane Austin. Education Room, Bankfield Museum. £25 

Enjoy the Ann Walker experience – no bonnet required.

Come and join local artist Jane Austin for a watercolour workshop in a relaxed atmosphere at Bankfield Museum. A beautiful museum free to explore with ample parking and just a hop from Halifax town.

Each session will be suitable for beginners as well as more advanced artists, with minimal drawing.

The price includes all source material, painting equipment, a means to take your painting home and refreshments.

This afternoon’s session will be on ‘Welcome into Shibden Hall’ – Behind the facade of the hall, the gardens and gates at the rear is the inner yard where all the residents of Shibden Hall went about their daily lives. The palette will evoke past times.

See Jane’s website to book, here or email her: janewatercolour@aol.com

1.30-2.30pm: The Piece Hall tour. £6 

Over its almost 250-yr history, The Piece Hall has been home to the weird, the wonderful and the fantastical. Experience a guided tour with one of our knowledgeable heritage guides who will lead you around the grand colonnades and delve deeper into The Piece Hall’s captivating past.

Book tickets here

2pm: “Halifax Town Hall Tour Treasures” Tour, 1-1½hours. £10 

Join us on our special guided tour of Halifax Town Hall, a building of immense architectural significance both inside and out. So much so, it was voted one of the top ten Town Halls in the country in 2008 by Architect Today magazine and has been described as truly outstanding by Historic England. Designed by Sir Charles Barry, architect of the Houses of Parliament, it was opened on 4 August 1863 by HRH The Prince of Wales. It was built to be the most grand and significant building in the town and stands today as a proud and permanent reminder of the affluence of Halifax in the Victorian era. The building never fails to impress visitors who travel from all over the country and world to see its splendours!
Tours start/end outside the Town Hall entrance.
Please let us know, when you book, if lift/wheelchair access to different floors is required so that we can arrange this in advance.

Tickets must be booked ahead, and the link for further information, enquiries and ticket sales is here

 

Sunday 2nd April 2023 

10am-12pm: Heritage Bus Tour of Halifax, approx. 2hrs. £10 

Jump aboard our informative heritage bus ride. See places which you might not know much about or even knew existed! Places with a wealth of history to tell, many with listed building status. Let our guides tell you more about some of the fascinating buildings and areas just a short distance from the town centre. How they fit into the rich heritage of Halifax and how the past has shaped the town of today. We will show you the world’s tallest folly, buildings and parks provided by the town’s wealthy philanthropists, tell the story of who built the church with the tallest spire, and even show you the site of the gruesome guillotine (the Gibbet) used in Halifax from 1286 to 1650.
Embark/Disembark the bus at the lay by on Charles Street, on the bottom side of the M&S Car Park.  This bus does not have disabled access but please send us your details if you require this on future bus tours when we hope to be able to provide this facility.

Tickets must be booked ahead, and the link for further information, enquiries and ticket sales is here

10am-1.30pm: Historical Halifax Panoramic Walking Tour – 5 miles, around 3½hrs. £15 

A delightful panoramic walk on the hills immediately around Halifax centre, offering extensive views over not only the town itself, but also the Hebble and Shibden Valleys. We’ll look at the marked prosperity of Georgian Halifax, based on trade and textiles, mining and minerals – all well before the Industrial Revolution. In this earlier period fortunes were made, skills developed and roads, canals and bridges were built and improved; all of which facilitated the later growth of the town. The walk points out places of interest connected to influential figures such as Lister, Rawson and Bronte.

The walk follows pathways but is steep in places and requires a reasonable level of fitness.

Tours start/end at DiscoverHalifax, 10 The Square, Woolshops, HX1 1RJ.  Please note that this walk follows pathways/tracks and is steep in places, starting uphill so ensure you wear suitable footwear.

Tickets must be booked ahead, and the link for further information, enquiries and ticket sales is here

10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm: Help Build Shibden Hall – LEGO Drop-in Sessions, Crossley Gallery. 1hr. Free 

Resident LEGO expert Michael LeCount needs your help! Come along and help Michael build a replica LEGO model of Shibden Hall, the ancient manor house famously inhabited by Anne Lister and featuring in the recent Gentleman Jack on BBC and HBO.
Sessions are free, but booking is required as numbers are limited. Book your place here

10.30am: “Halifax Revealed” walking tour, 1½-2hrs. £10 

Welcome to Halifax! Whether you have lived here all your life or it is your first time here and want to orientate yourself around town through the buildings and stories of our history, join us for a fascinating insight into Halifax Heritage. Come for a walk with a local guide, pointing out buildings and places previously unknown to you and hearing interesting details from the Medieval, Georgian and Victorian eras through to more modern times!  Learn about the philanthropists and industrialists who shaped the heritage of Halifax through generations and encounter some of the listed buildings, including the Town Hall and the Piece Hall, which they left as their legacy.

Tours start/end at DiscoverHalifax, 10, The Square, Woolshops, HX1 1RJ. Please note that this is a circular walk, starting uphill so ensure you wear suitable footwear. Duration 1½ to 2 hours.

Tickets must be booked ahead, and the link for further information, enquiries and ticket sales is here

11am-5pm: Shibden Hall and Park will be open (Park open 24/7, but some facilities in the park, such as the café, railway, boating lake, have restricted hours). Tickets must be booked ahead for Shibden Hall – click here for more information and to book tickets

12-4pm: Halifax Minster will be open for quiet reflection, and refreshments will be available – for more information click here

1.30-2.30pm: The Piece Hall tour. £6 

Over its almost 250-yr history, The Piece Hall has been home to the weird, the wonderful and the fantastical. Experience a guided tour with one of our knowledgeable heritage guides who will lead you around the grand colonnades and delve deeper into The Piece Hall’s captivating past.

Book tickets here

4.00pm: Visit to see inside the former Holy Trinity Church, Blackwall, Halifax, HX1 2QR. By donation 

David Glover will read and speak a few words inside the former Holy Trinity Church – Anne Lister’s ‘new church’, now Trinity House (no seating) where you will have the incredibly rare opportunity to see some of the Rawson family memorials, and also John Abbott’s tombstone. Approx. 1hr, to include looking both inside, and outside of Trinity House

 

Monday 3rd April 

9-10am: Flower laying at The Piece Hall 

Join the Anne Lister community in laying flowers at the statue of Anne Lister, in the courtyard of The Piece Hall, and remember this iconic woman on what would have been her 232nd birthday

Time tbc: Jane Austin, watercolour artist, painting at Shibden Hall. Free. 

Watch Jane painting, on site at Shibden, and admire an artist at work in the natural and most beautiful environment of Shibden Hall

10am-4pm: Anne Lister – In Her Words exhibition, West Yorkshire History Centre, 127 Kirkgate, Wakefield, WF1 1JG. Drop in. Free

Diarist. Landowner. Lesbian. Traveller.

There are a lot of ways to describe the dynamic Anne Lister.  Visit the West Yorkshire History Centre, Wakefield, for a unique chance to see archival material from the Shibden Hall collection including some of Anne’s famous diaries on display.  Find out about the life of a remarkable woman in her own words.

More information here

10am-4pm: Halifax Minster will be open for quiet reflection, and refreshments will be available – for more information click here

10am-5pm: Shibden Hall and Park will be open (Park open 24/7, but some facilities in the park, such as the café, railway, boating lake, have restricted hours). Tickets must be booked ahead for Shibden Hall – click here for more information and to book tickets

Various times – see below for details of the three workshops: Anne Lister Codebreakers Sessions talks, West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale search room, lower ground floor, Central Library and Archives, Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG (WYAS). Free, but tickets must be booked ahead online to secure a place. 

The Anne Lister Diary Transcription Project Codebreakers have been working hard since 2019 to transcribe all of Anne’s diaries so everybody can read about Anne’s remarkable life on the WYAS online catalogue. Over the years they have gotten to know Anne and her life incredibly well, they would make an unbeatable Anne Lister pub quiz team!

For the first time the Codebreakers are going to give a series of talks on all manner of aspects of Anne’s life alongside the actual archive documents they are discussing. Part talk and part exhibition, the Codebreaker Sessions are not to be missed!

You must book ahead for this event. To book your free place go to the WYAS Eventbrite page click here

10-11am: “What is there like gaining knowledge?” – Anne Lister and the Scientists in Paris 

Anne Lister had a lifelong passion for learning, a thirst for knowledge and an incredibly broad range of interests. Join Codebreaker Susanne Piotrowski for a session on Anne’s studies in Paris and the scientists she learnt from including famous French naturalist Georges Cuvier. Featuring a display of Anne’s lecture notebooks from 1829-1831, this is the perfect session to quench your own thirst for knowledge!

11.30am-12.30pm: “Music in Anne’s Time” 

Join Codebreakers Janneke van der Weijden and Alison Kirchgasser for a session on music in Anne Lister’s time. Learn all about Anne’s flute playing, Mariana playing the organ on a tour of the Netherlands and William Priestley founding the Halifax Choral Society. This session will feature a display of original archive material including diaries of Anne Lister and items from the Halifax Choral Society belonging to William Priestley. A must see for music lovers, and who doesn’t love music!

1pm-2pm: “Une superbe femme”: Anne Lister in the Pyrenees 

In this session, Codebreaker Marlene Oliveira will explore how archival material tells us more about Anne’s adventures and misadventures in the Pyrenees, including her climbs, the short tours in Spain, and her troubles with the law. Grab your walking stick, we’re going on an adventure! This session will feature a display of original archive material belonging to Anne Lister including diaries and correspondence

11am, 1.30pm and 3pm: Streets in the Sky tours, Halifax Borough Market. £5

Did you know that above Halifax Borough Market there are two ‘secret’ streets? Discover them with a Streets in the Sky guided tour!

On these tours you’ll explore the unique architecture of the Grade II* listed Halifax Borough Market, learn about its history, visit both of the Market balcony ‘Streets in the Sky’, where the houses are still used by the businesses below and a couple are still lived in; and get an exclusive look inside one of the uninhabited houses.

Afterwards you can do some shopping, grab a cuppa and enjoy some food at one of the locally-owned independent cafes and delis in the Market.

11am Tour: Book Tickets Here.

1.30pm Tour: Book Tickets Here.

3pm Tour: Book Tickets Here.

 

11am-1pm: Heritage Bus Tour of Halifax, approx. 2hrs. £10 

Jump aboard our informative heritage bus ride. See places which you might not know much about or even knew existed! Places with a wealth of history to tell, many with listed building status. Let our guides tell you more about some of the fascinating buildings and areas just a short distance from the town centre. How they fit into the rich heritage of Halifax and how the past has shaped the town of today. We will show you the world’s tallest folly, buildings and parks provided by the town’s wealthy philanthropists, tell the story of who built the church with the tallest spire, and even show you the site of the gruesome guillotine (the Gibbet) used in Halifax from 1286 to 1650.
Embark/Disembark the bus at the lay by on Charles Street, on the bottom side of the M&S Car Park.  This bus does not have disabled access but please send us your details if you require this on future bus tours when we hope to be able to provide this facility.

Tickets must be booked ahead, and the link for further information, enquiries and ticket sales is here

1-2.15pm and 3-4.15pm: Stop Motion animation Lego workshop. Suitable for kids 10+.

Using Lego Anne Lister and Lego Ann Walker as a starting point you will create your own movies using stop motion animation – come along and join in the fun! Just turn up at Central Library to take part.

Booking is essential. For more information, and to book, visit 

1.30pm-2.30pm: The Piece Hall tour. £6 

Over its almost 250-yr history, The Piece Hall has been home to the weird, the wonderful and the fantastical. Experience a guided tour with one of our knowledgeable heritage guides who will lead you around the grand colonnades and delve deeper into The Piece Hall’s captivating past.

Book tickets here

2pm: Halifax Town Hall Tour 1-1½hrs. £10 

Join us on our special guided tour of Halifax Town Hall, a building of immense architectural significance both inside and out. So much so, it was voted one of the top ten Town Halls in the country in 2008 by Architect Today magazine and has been described as truly outstanding by Historic England. Designed by Sir Charles Barry, architect of the Houses of Parliament, it was opened on 4 August 1863 by HRH The Prince of Wales. It was built to be the most grand and significant building in the town and stands today as a proud and permanent reminder of the affluence of Halifax in the Victorian era. The building never fails to impress visitors who travel from all over the country and world to see its splendours!
Tours start/end outside the Town Hall entrance.
Please let us know, when you book, if lift/wheelchair access to different floors is required so that we can arrange this in advance.

Tickets must be booked ahead, and the link for further information, enquiries and ticket sales is here

2pm: In Conversation with Helena Whitbread, Bankfield Museum. £20 each – PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

Join Anne Lister biographer Helena Whitbread MBE as she discusses her life and work sharing Anne’s story.

The event will be live at Bankfield Museum on Anne Lister’s birthday, followed by the online launch of a new documentary filmed with Helena at Shibden as part of Anne Lister’s birthday celebrations. The talk will be followed by a chance to ask Helena questions, and get books signed.

Tickets must be booked ahead, here – PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

 

Tuesday 4th April 

10am-4pm: Yorkshire Rose 1-day carving course, West Riding Stonecarving Association, The Boilerhouse, Shaw Lodge Mill, Boys Lane, Halifax, HX3 9EZ. £60 for the full day 

Learn how to relief carve a beautiful Yorkshire rose with the help of an experienced tutor in just one day – Anne Lister would be envious, and proud! Course suitable for total beginners, and intermediate carvers. You will be guided through the course and will take home your rose, carved in Yorkshire stone at the end of the day. All materials provided – please note that your carved stone rose will weigh around 3kg.

Email: stonecarvingassociation@hotmail.co.uk for more info and to book a place 

 

NB: The Anne Lister – In Her Words exhibition, at the West Yorkshire History Centre, Wakefield will remain open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays throughout April, 10am – 4pm, drop in, with free entry. See: https://www.wyjs.org.uk/archive-service/events/anne-lister-in-her-words/ for more info

 

Further Reading:

Discover more about Anne Lister, Ann Walker, the ‘Crypthand’ code Anne devised and other interesting and useful information in our series of Anne Lister blogs:

Who was Anne Lister, ‘Gentleman Jack’ of Shibden Hall?

Who was Ann Walker?

The Secret Diaries of Anne Lister – Cracking the Crypthand Code

Explore Anne Lister’s Halifax

Gentleman Jack Filming Locations

How to Get to Shibden Hall by Public Transport and Car