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  1. Ted Hughes

    Mytholmroyd

    Ted Hughes

    Ted Hughes (1930-1998) was born at 1 Aspinall Street, Mytholmroyd, on the 17th August 1930. He lived there unti...

    Ted Hughes (1930-1998) was born at 1 Aspinall Street, Mytholmroyd, on the 17th August 1930. He lived there until he was seven, when his family moved to Mexborough. During his childhood he spent many hours exploring the countryside around Mytholmroyd, and these experiences and the influences of the landscape on him were to inform much of his later poetry.

    One of the greatest poets of his generation, Hughes also wrote stories, plays, reviews and essays. He translated the work of, amongst others, Ovid, Racine, Aeschylus and Euripides. He wrote extensively for children, including the story The Iron Man, which was turned into the Disney blockbuster The Iron Giant. Hughes's interests in other art forms led to many collaborations, most famously with the artist Leonard Baskin.

    Although best known in the UK, Hughes was a writer of international standing. He won numerous awards throughout his career, including four for his final collection, Birthday Letters. Hughes became Poet Laureate in 1984 until his death on 28th October 1998.

  2. Gentleman Jack Costumes Display at Bankfield Museum

    Halifax

    Gentleman Jack Costumes Display at Bankfield Museum

    Starting 12th Jul 2019
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    An exclusive chance to see some of the costumes designed by Tom Pye for Sally Wainwright’s TV series Gentleman Jack. The series about the life o...
    An exclusive chance to see some of the costumes designed by Tom Pye for Sally Wainwright’s TV series Gentleman Jack. The series about the life of Anne Lister, was filmed largely at her home of Shibden Hall, managed by Calderdale Museums Service. On display at Bankfield Museum are a number of the costumes and props from the series, worn and used by actors including Suranne Jones and Sophie Rundle. At Bankfield you can also see original clothing from the period of Gentleman Jack in the new Fashion Gallery on the top floor. The costumes have been kindly loaned for display by Lookout Point Productions with assistance from designer Tom Pye. FREE admission. Friday 12th July 2019 until Saturday 26th October 2019.
  3. Heritage Open Days: Ann Walker Memorial

    Halifax

    Heritage Open Days: Ann Walker Memorial

    14th Sep 2019

    On Saturday September 14th between Noon and 4pm you have a rare opportunity to see a memorial to Ann Walker, lover of Anne ‘Gentleman Jack’ Lister,...
    On Saturday September 14th between Noon and 4pm you have a rare opportunity to see a memorial to Ann Walker, lover of Anne ‘Gentleman Jack’ Lister, which has been locked within Lightcliffe Tower at Lightcliffe Cemetery near Halifax since 1974. There will be guides on hand to direct visitors to the most interesting and important graves connected with the Walker family. Ann Walker died at Cliffe Hill in 1854 and was buried under the pulpit at Old St Matthew’s church, Lightcliffe, Halifax. When the church was demolished in 1974, the charity Friends of Friendless Churches rescued the monuments and memorials and kept them safe within the residual tower, which is now in the charity’s care. Amongst the monuments is the Gothic style plaque remembering Ann Walker. As a part of the Heritage Open Days festival this September, the Friends of Friendless Churches are re-opening the base of the tower to allow visitors to view and pay their respects at Ann’s memorial. This is a free event, but donations towards the upkeep of the tower are gratefully received. There is no need to book.
  4. My Name is Why – In Conversation with Lemn Sissay

    Halifax

    My Name is Why – In Conversation with Lemn Sissay

    14th Sep 2019

    Sat 14 Sep, 8:00pm at Red Brick Auditorium Tickets: £14 (£12 concessions) , approx running time: 60 minutes This is Lemn’s life story: a story ...
    Sat 14 Sep, 8:00pm at Red Brick Auditorium Tickets: £14 (£12 concessions) , approx running time: 60 minutes This is Lemn’s life story: a story of neglect and determination, misfortune and hope, cruelty and triumph. Lemn Sissay will be reading from his new Memoir, reflecting on a childhood in care, self-expression and Britishness, and in doing so exploring the institutional care system, race, family and the meaning of home. Infused with all the lyricism and power you would expect from one of the nation’s best-loved poets, this moving, frank and timely event is the result of a life spent asking questions, and a celebration of the redemptive power of creativity. To celebrate the publication of My Name is Why: A Memoir by Lemn Sissay. Published by Canongate Books. Lemn Sissay MBE is a poet, playwright and broadcaster. He has read poetry all over the world and was awarded an MBE for services to literature. He is the Chancellor of The University of Manchester and was the first poet commissioned to write for the London Olympics. He is a regular contributor to radio and TV and a prolific speaker, inspiring audiences on a daily basis across the globe. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session 40 minutes reading & 20 minutes Q&A
  5. Calderdale Heritage Walk: Cliffe Hill - The Walkers (and others)

    Brighouse

    Calderdale Heritage Walk: Cliffe Hill - The Walkers (and others)

    15th Sep 2019

    Looking at a fine residence of yester-year associated with Ann Walker and Anne Lister, which is normally out of sight within its private grounds. W...
    Looking at a fine residence of yester-year associated with Ann Walker and Anne Lister, which is normally out of sight within its private grounds. We'll look at the house exterior, its grounds and immediate environs. Meet John Brooke at 2.15 p.m. by the Sun Inn on Wakefield Road (A649) in Lightcliffe, HX3 8TH
  6. David Harper – Unexpected Tales

    Halifax

    David Harper – Unexpected Tales

    15th Sep 2019

    Sun 15 Sep, 3:00pm at Red Brick Auditorium Tickets: £14 (£12 concessions) The show will feature funny behind the scenes anecdotes from TV, li...
    Sun 15 Sep, 3:00pm at Red Brick Auditorium Tickets: £14 (£12 concessions) The show will feature funny behind the scenes anecdotes from TV, live auctions, exciting antique finds, huge profits, even bigger losses, as well as stories from celebrity TV appearances and historical journeys through time. It’s all part of what makes this show like no other. David Harper is a BBC TV presenter well known for his appearances on Bargain Hunt, The Antiques Road Trip, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, Flog It and For What It’s Worth. These hugely popular BBC programmes are shown in over 50 countries worldwide. David has appeared on many other BBC TV programmes too from The One Show to Celebrity Masterchef, Through The Keyhole to Countryfile, Celebrity Eggheads to The Heaven & Earth Show! The show is very much audience led with involvement in the form of questions from the audience or questions and challenges from David throughout, as the talk develops.
  7. Halifax Antiquarian Society Lecture

    Halifax

    Halifax Antiquarian Society Lecture: Wainstall Waifs

    17th Sep 2019

    More on the Wainstall Waifs Kim Pearson, member The fascinating story of the girls from Liverpool who came to work for I&I Calvert in their W...
    More on the Wainstall Waifs Kim Pearson, member The fascinating story of the girls from Liverpool who came to work for I&I Calvert in their Wainstalls mills during the latter half of the 19th century and how over time their lives became woven into the fabric of the village Unless otherwise stated meetings are held in The Caygill Rooms at The Piece Hall, Halifax (at South East of The Piece Hall, accessed via steps or lift to Second Floor) beginning at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome; a contribution to Society funds would be much appreciated.
  8. Illustrated Historical Talks at Square Chapel by David Glover

    Halifax

    Illustrated Historical Talks at Square Chapel by David Glover:

    Starting 18th Sep 2019
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    A series of entertaining Historical Talks by local historian David Glover.

    2 p.m.  ...

    A series of entertaining Historical Talks by local historian David Glover.

    2 p.m.  Wednesday 18th September

    SIR HENRY EDWARDS OF PYE NEST, THE MAN WHO FEUDED WITH WAINHOUSE

    David explains how the Edwards family were influencial in the development of Ripponden and Sowerby Bridge. Born in 1812, as a young man Henry Edwards became the senior Conservative politician in Halifax, and a Borough MP. A complex and controversial character, his quarrel with J E Wainhouse marred the latter part of his life.

    2 p.m.  Wednesday 2nd October

    THE YOUNG QUEEN VICTORIA – 1819-1840 – A SLIDESHOW

    Born 200 years ago this year, Victoria’s youth was remarkably solitary, and not very happy. In this presentation David focuses on these early years, beginning with the curious marriage of her parents. He explains her mother’s feud with her governesses, Victoria’s succession to the throne, and her marriage to Albert…

    2 p.m.  Wednesday 9th October

    THE LIFE OF QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER 1900-2002

    Born into the aristocracy, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon did not expect to live a public life, but her pretty face caught the eye of Prince Albert, Duke of York, and romance followed. In 1936 he became King George VI, and she the Queen Consort. During World War II she was dubbed by Hitler ‘The most dangerous women in Europe.’  Latterly, a national mother-figure.

    2 p.m.  Wednesday 16th October

    OLD PHOTOS OF HALIFAX - PART 9

    David’s ‘Old Photos of Halifax’ presentations have become hugely popular.  Here is a brand new selection. Come and see pictures of the band of ‘The Dukes’ parading the streets of Halifax; and view elephants on South Parade!Find out what Pye Nest and Shroggs Road looked like years ago, and rediscover lost roads like Stannary and Colbeck Street. 

    All taking place at Square Chapel on Wednesdays at 2pm. Tickets: £6 (£5 concessions) Book your tickets via the Square Chapel Box Office or Website

  9. Anne Lister Halifax Minster Tour

    Halifax

    Anne Lister Halifax Minster Tour

    21st Sep 2019

    2.30pm

    Enjoy a walking tour of Halifax Minster to discover more about it's connections to Anne Lister, 'Gentlerman Jack' of Shibden Hall...

    2.30pm

    Enjoy a walking tour of Halifax Minster to discover more about it's connections to Anne Lister, 'Gentlerman Jack' of Shibden Hall. 

    • The font where Anne was baptised
    • The place where she was buried
    • Learn about her damaged tombstone
    • Hear about her ancestors and friends 

    Tickets available via The MInster website.

  10. Heritage Open Days: Shibden Hall

    Halifax

    Halifax Heritage Festival: Shibden Hall

    Starting 21st Sep 2019
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    Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd September

    Shibden Hall will be FREE entry for Heritage Open Days 2019.

    Entry on the weekend

    Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd September

    Shibden Hall will be FREE entry for Heritage Open Days 2019.

    Entry on the weekend will be for advance tickets only due to limited numbers. Timed entry tickets are available to book through our website here.

  11. Arthur Smith – Laughs, Stories, a Song and a Poem

    Halifax

    Arthur Smith – Laughs, Stories, a Song and a Poem

    27th Sep 2019

    Fri 27 Sep, 7:30pm at Red Brick Auditorium Tickets: £16 (£14 concessions) Join comedian, writer, broadcaster and all-round British institutio...
    Fri 27 Sep, 7:30pm at Red Brick Auditorium Tickets: £16 (£14 concessions) Join comedian, writer, broadcaster and all-round British institution ARTHUR SMITH and bask in an evening of laughter and off the wall humour with one of the ‘alternative comedians’ who shook up the world of light entertainment in the nineteen eighties and nineties. Expect an evening of sublime playfulness, crammed with jokes, anecdotes, short stories, poems, songs (at least 1 from Leonard Cohen) and readings from his recently published memoir ‘My Name Is Daphne Fairfax’ which has won praise from literary critics. He will also tell the story, as well as a portrait of his late father PC Sad Smith, survivor of Colditz POW camp and London copper.
  12. Halifax Antiquarian Society Lecture

    Halifax

    Halifax Antiquarian Society Lecture: Fired Earth; Decline of the Industry 1935-2019

    1st Oct 2019

    Fired Earth: Decline of the Industry 1935-2019 Chris Bateman, member The final part of the story covers the decline of the industry from the ...
    Fired Earth: Decline of the Industry 1935-2019 Chris Bateman, member The final part of the story covers the decline of the industry from the inter-war period through the steady decline of the immediate post-war period to the decimation of the 1960s and 70s as steel making went over to the BOS process; gas works closed as natural gas took over; the clean air acts eliminated coal for heating; and concrete and plastic became dominant in building. So from 35 works only 2 remain Unless otherwise stated meetings are held in The Caygill Rooms at The Piece Hall, Halifax (at South East of The Piece Hall, accessed via steps or lift to Second Floor) beginning at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome; a contribution to Society funds would be much appreciated.
  13. Jess Morgan and Nels Andrews - Songs and Books Tour 2019

    Hebden Bridge

    Jess Morgan and Nels Andrews - Songs and Books Tour 2019

    2nd Oct 2019

    Doors 8pm, Show 8.30pm Jess Morgan from England and Nels Andrews from the US have joined forces because they both - for the first time - have il...
    Doors 8pm, Show 8.30pm Jess Morgan from England and Nels Andrews from the US have joined forces because they both - for the first time - have illustrated books to accompany the new music they want to bring to audiences in 2019. Jess and Nels wanted to showcase something on tour which would satisfy the most avid record sleeve-readers, comic book-worms, or just about anyone feeling lost in the digital age. Their co-headlined show at Hebden Bridge Trades Club promises an atmospheric concoction of songwriting, spoken word and fun visuals. Tickets: £10/£12 14+ show: under 18s’ must be accompanied by an adult
  14. Halifax Festival of Words

    Halifax

    Halifax Festival of Words 2019

    Starting 4th Oct 2019
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    The Book Corner (Piece Hall) and The Grayston Unity have joined together to organise & curate a second Halifax Festival of Words, taking pla...

    The Book Corner (Piece Hall) and The Grayston Unity have joined together to organise & curate a second Halifax Festival of Words, taking place in the town between the 4th and 6th of October 2019. It’s a festival that celebrates the use of language through books, music, spoken word and illustration.

  15. Dave Johns: From Byker to BAFTAS + Q&A

    Halifax

    Dave Johns: From Byker to BAFTAS + Q&A

    12th Oct 2019

    Sat 12 Oct, 8:00pm at Red Brick Auditorium Tickets: £14 (£12 concessions) , approx running time: 120 mins Age: 18+ Dave Johns has been a sta...
    Sat 12 Oct, 8:00pm at Red Brick Auditorium Tickets: £14 (£12 concessions) , approx running time: 120 mins Age: 18+ Dave Johns has been a stand-up comic for nearly 3 decades touring his one man shows worldwide. Best known for his critically acclaimed breakthrough performance in Ken Loach’s 2016 Palme D’Or and BAFTA winning film I, Daniel Blake. Thereafter many film roles have followed such as The Keeper, Fisherman’s Friends and his latest film, 23 Walks’ staring alongside Alison Steadman due to be released in 2020. This autumn Dave presents his New stand up show for 2019: From Byker to the BAFTA’s
  16. Anne 'Gentleman Jack' Lister of Shibden Hall

    Halifax

    Anne Lister's Halifax: Her Private Face SOLD OUT

    13th Oct 2019

    A four hour walk from Halifax climbing slowly up Old Bank to Shibden, to recreate Anne Lister's estate in 1832. On 7th May, she returned home from ...
    A four hour walk from Halifax climbing slowly up Old Bank to Shibden, to recreate Anne Lister's estate in 1832. On 7th May, she returned home from her travels despondent, betrayed by yet one more woman's marriage plans. Then reacquaintance with neighbouring heiress Ann Walker of Lightcliffe changed her life forever. Anne Lister deployed all her considerable skills to enthral and seduce this wealthy young woman - all out of sight of Halifax's prying eyes. Meet Jill Liddington at 11.30am - details of meeting place will be given when tickets are booked. Walking boots/shoes are advised, and bring packed lunch/snacks. The walk includes short readings from Nature's Domain, and ends at 3.30 pm with Q&A plus tea and cake at the Meerside Cafe. Bus back to Halifax. So this is a linear walk. PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL and it will not be possible to just turn up on the day. This walk is £4 per head. PRE-BOOKING ARRANGEMENTS Halifax Visitor Centre, The Piece Hall, Halifax HX1 1RE. The Centre is open 7 days a week 10:00 to 5:30 Bookings can be made in person, by phone on 01422 368725 (phone bookings will incur a p&p fee), or by post to the Halifax Visitor Centre, The Piece Hall, Halifax HX1 1RE. with full payment and a reply paid envelope (cheques to 'Calderdale MBC').

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