Anne Lister Weekend, Halifax, 12-14 July 2019
Extraordinary Woman, Extraordinary Place
Join us for a celebration of ‘Gentleman Jack’, the extraordinary Anne Lister of Shibden Hall (1791-1840). Follow in her footsteps here in Halifax, Yorkshire – explore the places she knew, learn about her life, and see where the show was filmed. Information and booking links below.
Friday 12 July
Young Anne Lister: The Early Years 1791-1811
These years were a formative time in Anne Lister’s life: she met her first girlfriend, Indian heiress Eliza Raine, navigated complex family relationships, and wrote the first words of her famous 5-million-word diary. Join David Glover (President, Halifax Antiquarian Society) and Patricia Hughes (author, ‘The Early Life of Miss Anne Lister and the Curious Tale of Miss Eliza Raine’) for an illustrated talk exploring these little-known decades.
7pm, £5, Halifax Minster, HX1 1QL
Book here or call 01422 355436
Saturday 13 July
Anne Lister - Live Interpretation
Visit the The Piece Hall’s magnificent courtyard and meet ‘Anne Lister’, who will tell you stories about her life and her visits to The Piece Hall in the 1800s.
10am – 3pm, Free
The Piece Hall Courtyard, HX1 1RE – Roaming
Anne Lister of Shibden Hall Archive display
See one of Anne’s incredible diaries, a travel journal, a portrait, letters and other items from the Shibden archive collection on display.
1st Floor, Halifax Central Library and Archives, HX1 1QG.
Open Saturday 09.30-16.00, Free
Tour Anne Lister’s Minster
The ancient stones of Halifax Minster played an important role in Anne’s life: it was the scene of her baptism, worship and burial, and an unusual source of interior design inspiration... Accompany David Glover on a tour, where you’ll hear the fascinating stories of Anne’s relationship with this atmospheric 900-year-old building and how it also connects with the family of Ann Walker.
3pm, £5, Halifax Minster, HX1 1QL
Pay on arrival
Who was the real Anne Lister?
Maverick traditionalist; landowning traveller; scholarly seducer – Anne Lister was a woman of contrasts. Enjoy an evening of exclusive insight and discovery with acclaimed experts Helena Whitbread and Jill Liddington, two key figures in bringing this remarkable woman to the world’s attention. Discussion and Q&A, followed by book signing.
7pm, £7.50, including drink, Book Corner, The Piece Hall, HX1 1RE
Sunday 14 July
The Moss House: In Conversation with author Clara Barley
Launch of novel ‘The Moss House’ by local writer Clara Barley and local publishers Bluemoose Books. The book tells the tumultuous story of local landowners Anne Lister and Ann Walker in the 1830s as they fall in and out of love with each other, and in and out of favour with those around them. A conversation with the writer, exploring where fact meets fiction, followed by Q&A and book signing.
1pm, £5, Square Chapel Arts Centre, HX1 1QG
Book here or call 01422 349422
Visit Anne’s home, Shibden Hall
Historic Shibden Hall dates back to 1420 and was a major filming location for the TV show ‘Gentleman Jack’. Follow in Anne’s footsteps around the Grade II* Listed Hall, and explore the changes she made to the gardens and Estate. Children will love the boating lake, miniature railway and play area.
Hall open Saturday and Sunday 11-5, Hall admission £5/£4/family £14; Estate free, Shibden Hall Estate, HX3 6XG
Savour an ‘Anne Lister Cocktail’
Specially created for the weekend, try this cocktail that combines the smoothness of Champion Jack American whiskey with dandelion & burdock, drunk in England since the middle hundreds. With the addition of orange bitters and a final twist of fresh nutmeg, this ‘Gentleman Jack’ drink is as delightful and complex as the woman herself. Soft drinks also available.
The Grayston Unity, HX1 1UH, Information here.
You might also like: Friday 5 July – Sally Wainwright, creator of the HBO/BBC TV series ‘Gentleman Jack’, and Anne Choma in conversation. Hosted by Nick Ahad. Halifax Minster, HX1 1QL, 7.30pm, £10. Book here.