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  1. Once Upon a Time

    Halifax

    Once Upon a Time

    Starting 2nd Feb 2019
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    A new exhibition of children’s books and favourite characters for little children and grown-up children. FREE admission.
    A new exhibition of children’s books and favourite characters for little children and grown-up children. FREE admission.
  2. The Fashion Gallery

    Halifax

    The Fashion Gallery

    Starting 11th May 2019
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    Showcasing Calderdale Museums’ fashion and textile collections from ancient Egypt to modern day. Calderdale Museums has one of the best but litt...
    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 new fashion gallery will tell both the story of the production and manufacture of textiles in the local area and how those textiles were then used. This new gallery replaces the 'For King and Country' exhibition on the top floor at Bankfield. 2019 will also see a range of related talks, tours and events. FREE admission.
  3. DON’T PANIC! Calderdale at War, 1939-1945

    Halifax

    DON’T PANIC! Calderdale at War, 1939-1945

    Starting 8th Jun 2019
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    September 2019 is the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War. Calderdale was directly affected: men and women were conscripted fo...
    September 2019 is the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War. Calderdale was directly affected: men and women were conscripted for military and industrial service; industry was placed on a war footing and many workers took on Civil Defence and Home Guard duties. The area did not escape unscathed, there were 11 bombing incidents recorded and 11 people were killed. On 24 December 1944 a German V1 Flying Bomb (commonly known as ‘Doodlebugs’) landed in a field at Little Tooting Farm, Hubberton, Sowerby. Extensive blast damage made the farmhouse uninhabitable for some time and broke windows a mile away. The farmhouse occupants received cuts from broken glass. The photograph shows the Auxiliary Fire Service team, which attended the incident, along with the police and ambulance service. FREE admission. The exhibition runs from Saturday 8th June to Saturday 30th November 2019 .
  4. 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.
  5. Brighouse Artisan Market

    Brighouse

    Brighouse Artisan Market

    Starting 28th Jul 2019
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    10.00am-4.00pm Brighouse’s town centre will host an Artisan Market, celebrating independent producers and makers. The town will once again welco...
    10.00am-4.00pm Brighouse’s town centre will host an Artisan Market, celebrating independent producers and makers. The town will once again welcome talented traders from the local area with an array of different farmers, artisans and vendors offering lots of different things. If it’s food you’re looking for, then we have locally made cheeses, bread made by local bakers, meat from local farmers and a great selection of cakes and sweets. Jams and chutneys made from locally sourced fruits or delicious pork pies from a local pig farmer to a delicious chocolate fountain. In case you feel hungry during your visit we have a wide variety of street food offering shoppers food that is not only healthy, but environmentally friendly. There is a wide selection of locally produced crafts, ranging from jewellery to glassware, soaps to ceramics and bags to knitwear.
  6. Taster Tours of Todmorden Town Hall

    Todmorden

    Taster Tours of Todmorden Town Hall

    Starting 4th Aug 2019
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    Free ‘Taster Tours’ are available for individuals and couples on the first Sunday of the month (except January). Meet at 2pm opposite the Town Hal...
    Free ‘Taster Tours’ are available for individuals and couples on the first Sunday of the month (except January). Meet at 2pm opposite the Town Hall pediment on Halifax Road, OL14 5AQ Todmorden Town Hall straddles the Walsden Water and was situated in both Lancashire and Yorkshire until the county boundary was moved on January 1st 1888. Designed by John Gibson of Westminster, this Grade 1 listed building holds a strong place in the hearts of local people. Most iconic, from the outside, is the pediment. The carved stonework has two central female figures on a pedestal. The one on the left represents Lancashire (cotton spinning industry) and the one on the right Yorkshire (engineering and agriculture). Below the two figures are different friezes of the industries coming together to prosper on the border. Inside the building there is an old Magistrate’s Court which now serves as the Todmorden Town Council Chamber. The ballroom upstairs spans the length of the building and holds many memories for those who have attended the variety of events held in the Town Hall for over 140 years.
  7. 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.
  8. Halifax Antiquarian Society Lecture

    Halifax

    Halifax Antiquarian Society Lecture: Kriegsgefangen in Skipton

    15th Oct 2019

    Kriegsgefangen in Skipton Anne Buckley, lecturer in translation studies and German, University of Leeds A talk about Anne Buckley’s work in t...
    Kriegsgefangen in Skipton Anne Buckley, lecturer in translation studies and German, University of Leeds A talk about Anne Buckley’s work in translating a book written by 60 of the 900 German officers imprisoned in Skipton during the First World War. In addition she will reveal some of the fascinating stories of the men themselves, who included naval captains, U-boat officers and airmen as well as foot soldiers. Anne has been working with the Heritage Lottery Funded project Craven and the First World War, based at Craven Museum in Skipton. She will talk about the activities, including archaeology in residents’ gardens, that have been organised to rewrite the story of the camp back into the history of the area. 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.
  9. Before the Bypass - A Walk Around King Cross

    Halifax

    Before the Bypass - A Walk Around King Cross

    27th Oct 2019

    11am Meet outside King Cross Library, 151 Haugh Shaw road, HX1 3BG. Free parking is available in the Council car park outside the library on Sun...
    11am Meet outside King Cross Library, 151 Haugh Shaw road, HX1 3BG. Free parking is available in the Council car park outside the library on Sundays. Please book your place in advance by ringing either Graham Bradshaw 01422 203417 or Linda Glover 07334 454017

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