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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. Halifax Minster

    Halifax

    Halifax Minster

    Located in the heart of Halifax, Halifax Minster is a handsome 15th Century Grade 1 listed Parish Church; a site of major historical importance, a ...
    Located in the heart of Halifax, Halifax Minster is a handsome 15th Century Grade 1 listed Parish Church; a site of major historical importance, a place of worship, prayer, of civic engagement, education and culture; with a year-round programme of events for you to enjoy. The church of St John the Baptist Halifax was given its Minster status in 2009 in recognition of its important role in the civic life of the town and borough. Visit Halifax Minster to enjoy a tour of the beautiful and historic interior of the building, the beautiful stained glass and painted wooden ceiling panels. Look out for the mice carved into the Thompson chairs in the Wellington Chapel! Children can enjoy Halifax Minster too. When you arrive with the kids you have free use of a backpack containing a short guide around the Minster, an eye-spy guide to the 16 stained-glass windows, paper, pencils and crayons to make drawings of all the interesting things you'll find and a torch to help you find them! Enjoy organ recitals on Thursdays at 1pm from March to end of October. Lunch (£4) is available from 12.15pm. There are also regular performances by the Minster Choir, our Summer festival in June & July and other events throughout the year. Entrance to Halifax Minster is FREE, with donations welcome to help us maintain and preserve this beautiful building for future generations to enjoy.
  3. The Piece Hall Photo by Paul White Photography

    Halifax

    The Piece Hall

    The Piece Hall is unique. A Grade I listed Georgian masterpiece and the oldest remaining cloth hall in Britain.

    Following a multi-millio...

    The Piece Hall is unique. A Grade I listed Georgian masterpiece and the oldest remaining cloth hall in Britain.

    Following a multi-million pound transformation project, Britain's magnificent and last surviving cloth hall is ready to welcome visitors again.

    The Grade I listed structure has stood at the heart of Halifax since 1779 and has now re-opened as a world class cultural, heritage and leisure destination.

    The huge open-air courtyard is surrounded by a mix of independent bars, restaurants, cafes, galleries and shops. The stories of Georgian Halifax are told in the specially created exhibition spaces, while the central courtyard plays host to a year-round events programme of music, dance, film and spectacle for up to 7,500 people at a time.

    Click here to watch a short video about the reopening of The Piece Hall

  4. Illustrated Historical Talks at Square Chapel by David Glover

    Halifax

    Illustrated Historical Talks at Square Chapel by David Glover:

    16th Oct 2019

    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 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

  5. Gentleman Jack: The Life of Anne Lister 1791-1840

    Halifax

    Gentleman Jack: The Life of Anne Lister 1791-1840

    6th Nov 2019

    2 p.m.  Wednesday 6th November

    2 p.m.  Wednesday 6th November

    Earlier this year, the tale of a girl from Halifax appeared on TV screens in Gentleman Jack, an eight-part series. But this only covered two years; what was the rest of her life like? 

    David looks at the basic facts, including the effigy burning and the saucy comments addressed to Anne by local men!

    Tickets: £6 (£5 concessions) Book your tickets via the Square Chapel Box Office or Website.

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