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  1. The Fashion Gallery

    Halifax

    The Fashion Gallery

    Starting 27th Oct 2020
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    Showcasing Calderdale Museums’ fashion and textile collections from ancient Egypt to modern day! <...

    Showcasing Calderdale Museums’ fashion and textile collections from ancient Egypt to modern day!

    Calderdale Museums has one of the best but little known textile collections in the country. There are 17,000 objects, collected from all over the world. The collection began when the museum first opened in 1887. It represents the influence of world textiles on local production as well as how local textiles have been exported around and influenced the world.

    The collection includes significant objects from Ancient Egypt, The Balkans, China, Japan and the Indian Subcontinent. A range of English embroidery, samplers, costume, court dress, military uniforms, pattern books from West Yorkshire manufacturers and the design archive of Crossley’s Carpets. It represents not just textiles but textile production from spindles to spinning wheels, cards, combs and looms.

    The Fashion Gallery tells both the story of the production and manufacture of textiles in the local area and how those textiles were then used.

    FREE admission but tickets need to be booked online here

  2. A Grand Tour

    Halifax

    A Grand Tour

    Starting 27th Oct 2020
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    Artists, aristocrats and the affluent flocked to mainland Euro...

    Artists, aristocrats and the affluent flocked to mainland Europe from England between 1660 and 1840. Young nobles, mostly men, left to begin a tour of the great towns and cities of France, Germany and Italy. The Grand Tour, as it was known, was thought to be the perfect way to complete a young person’s education.

    The Grand Tour still influences many of our ideas about art, architecture and the landscape today. As our ability to travel freely is currently restricted, we are taking the time to reflect on this early and important form of tourism. 

    You will explore the legacy of The Grand Tour through works of art in the Calderdale Museum Service collection, including three famous English painters: Samuel Prout, John Ruskin and Albert Goodwin. From one brush stroke to the next, you will journey across the continent, with three generations of artists and their contemporaries. Through layers of paint and colour, we will discover how travel shaped the work of artists in England and the lives of people back home.

    FREE admission but tickets need to be booked online here

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