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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. 'God's Own Country': Art and Artists inspired by West Yorkshire

    Brighouse

    'God's Own Country': Art and Artists inspired by West Yorkshire

    Starting 6th Apr 2019
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    An exhibition of works from Calderdale Museums' collections, celebrating West Yorkshire’s artistic talents and the region’s inspiring landscapes, h...
    An exhibition of works from Calderdale Museums' collections, celebrating West Yorkshire’s artistic talents and the region’s inspiring landscapes, history, people and architecture. This exhibition is in partnership with the four other West Yorkshire Local Authority Museum Services (Leeds, Bradford, Kirklees and Wakefield) as part of a celebration of our collections relating to the theme 'We are West Yorkshire: A Celebration of People and Place'. FREE admission
  3. 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.
  4. Digital Dimensions at Eureka! the National Children's Museum

    Halifax

    Digital Dimensions at Eureka! the National Children's Museum

    Starting 25th May 2019
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    May 25th - November

    Kids visiting the award-winning Halifax attraction will be treated to vibrant visual effects and stunning sounds tha...

    May 25th - November

    Kids visiting the award-winning Halifax attraction will be treated to vibrant visual effects and stunning sounds thanks to cutting-edge design and technology, including giant motion-tracking projections capturing children’s movements as they interact with what they see.

    This features in the exhibition alongside touch-triggered 3D shapes and luminous touch-sensitive pillars of light.

    A visit to Digital Dimensions, housed in Eureka!’s ground-floor Spark Gallery, will allow families to:

    • Test memories and coordination in a game against a series of 3D musical cubes – working together to remember patterns to trigger sounds and a colourful chain reaction!
    • Weave their way through luminous touch-sensitive colour-changing pillars of light - find the master pole to reset the colours
    • Step into a colourful motion-capture tunnel of with astounding visual effects
    • Open some truly magical doors to a series of digital dimensions.

    Digital Dimensions has been created by first year students studying for a BA (Hons) in Live Visual Design & Production at Backstage Academy, based at Wakefield’s Production Park, a community of live events businesses behind the staging of Beyoncé & Jay-Z and Take That arena tours.

    Digital Dimensions is included in the price of admission, or free to Eureka! Annual Pass holders.

  5. 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 .
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Theft

    Hebden Bridge

    Theft

    Starting 30th Sep 2019
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    7.30pm By Eric Chappell, directed by Ray Riches Imagine returning from a pleasant anniversary celebration to find you’ve been burgled, and t...
    7.30pm By Eric Chappell, directed by Ray Riches Imagine returning from a pleasant anniversary celebration to find you’ve been burgled, and the culprit is still in the house! Posing as a policeman, the eccentric interloper is able to convince the returning couples of his innocence. But when he is eventually unmasked as the thief, Spriggs reveals he knows a number of uncomfortable truths that will undermine two seemingly happy marriages and one formerly strong friendship. Theft is another hit comedy by prolific writer, Eric Chappell, author of Rising Damp and numerous stage plays. Tickets £6 - £10
  10. 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.
  11. Brighouse Arts Festival

    Brighouse

    Brighouse Arts Festival 2019

    Starting 4th Oct 2019
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    Brighouse Arts Festival returns this October, and here is our round up of the Top 10 events coming to Brighouse as part of the eighth annual festiv...
    Brighouse Arts Festival returns this October, and here is our round up of the Top 10 events coming to Brighouse as part of the eighth annual festival. 1: Lesley Garrett CBE is performing a solo evening, join Lesley for an intimate concert and Q&A accompanied by Anna Tilbrook. Lesley is Britain’s best known soprano, regularly appearing in opera, music theatre, concert, on television, previously Who Do You Think You Are and Strictly Come Dancing. Saturday 12th October, 7:30pm, £28 2: Kiki Dee with Carmelo Luggeri will be live in Brighouse for an acoustic evening of their famous songs song which include unique covers of songs by artists such as Kate Bush and Frank Sinatra and of course Kiki’s own hits “I Got The Music In Me”, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, and the stunning “Amoureuse”. Thursday 10th October, 7:30pm, £22 3: Brighouse Festival Ensemble. We have been working hard to create our own festival ensemble to perform a unique high quality classical concert. Join us for this unique baroque concert performed by world famous Martyn Jackson alongside the Orion Choir (directed by Bridget Budge) and the Brighouse Festival Ensemble (directed from the harpsichord by Daniel Bath). Friday 11th October, 7:30pm, £12 4: Anne Lister of Shibden Hall: A Fascinating Story. Join Pat Osborne as she shares her talk on the incredibly unique history of Anne Lister of Shibden Hall, most recently adapted for the BBC/HBO adaptation: Gentleman Jack. Wednesday 9th October, 2pm, £5 5: Roger Davies & His Band. Roger is Brighouse’s most famous current musician. Roger Davies regularly feature on BBC Radio and has sold out at Square Chapel Halifax, Victoria Theatre Halifax and recently toured alongside Fairport Convention with a full UK tour. Most recently Roger starred in Home Is Where The Art Is on BBC One with his paintings. Friday 4th October, 7:30pm, £12 6: The 39 Steps. This stage adaptation of John Buchan’s classic novel and Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps is a hilarious comedy starring just four actors who play 139 roles in 100 minutes of fast-paced fun. Performed exclusively by Natasha Harper Theatre Productions. Saturday 5th October, 7:30pm, £12 7: A Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan. Join with us for a spectacular evening of Gilbert and Sullivan classics performed by the finest singers in the North of England. Featuring: The Mikado, Ruddigore, The Pirates of Penzance and many more G&S favourites. Featuring: Rachel Harrison, Rowena Burton, Stephen Muir, John Patchett and accompanied by Jonathan Ellis on our very own Brighouse Arts Festival grand piano. Wednesday 9th October, 7:30pm, £12 8: Jill Crossland piano recital. Jill is known for her imaginative, passionate interpretations of the classical repertoire, famously performing at London’s South Bank, the Vienna Musikverein, Sage Gateshead and Bridgewater Hall. Jill’s recordings on Warner Classics and Signum Classics have received great critical acclaim. Join her for this exclusive performance, and her first performance in Brighouse. Monday 7th October, 7:30pm, £12 9: William Priestley, Mrs Sunderland and Friends Afternoon Concert: Join David Glover for an insightful and entertaining talk on Mrs Sunderland. She was the cornerstone to the Halifax Quarterly Choral Society in 1818 and sang before Queen Victoria. Rachel Harrison will provide soprano solos to accompany the talk. Friday 11th October, 2pm, £10 10: Exploring Wellness Workshop with Healthy Minds join together to explore what wellness means to you using images, collage making and discussion. This workshop is free, though booking is essential through Healthy Minds, please call 01422 345154 or email info@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk Thursday 10th October, 11am-1pm, Free (booking required). The Brighouse Arts Festival runs from Friday 4th October to Sunday 13th October. Tickets are on sale now from Harrison Lord Gallery and Ryecorn Wholefoods in Brighouse as well as online www.brighouseartsfestival.co.uk/box-office or call 01484 711835 for information.
  12. 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.

  13. Calderdale Heritage Walk: 4 Routes from Halifax to Wakefield

    Halifax

    Calderdale Heritage Walk: 4 Routes from Halifax to Wakefield

    6th Oct 2019

    ...but we're only going to west Hipperholme from Beacon Hill. We'll look at the transport links from the middle ages to the present with views o...
    ...but we're only going to west Hipperholme from Beacon Hill. We'll look at the transport links from the middle ages to the present with views of Halifax, two major construction projects of their time, down the old Dark Lane also known as the Magna Via and into Hipperholme, returning by Mytholm to Shibden Park. There are two gentle climbs and a long descent. Meet Ian Philip at 2.15pm by the upper car park of Shibden Hall on the Shibden Hall Road / Halifax Old road.
  14. Anne 'Gentleman Jack' Lister of Shibden Hall

    Halifax

    Anne Lister's Halifax: Her Private Face

    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').
  15. 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.
  16. Total Tours of Todmorden Town Hall

    Todmorden

    Total Tours of Todmorden Town Hall

    20th Oct 2019

    Total Tours of Todmorden Town Hall’ include access to the secret spaces of Todmorden Town Hall, including the former Caretaker’s Fla...

    Total Tours of Todmorden Town Hall’ include access to the secret spaces of Todmorden Town Hall, including the former Caretaker’s Flat and holding cell.

    Total Tours start at 2pm and last approx 2.5 hours.

    Tours are £6.50 per person and include tea, coffee and biscuits. Tickets can be booked by emailing info@visittodmorden.co.uk 

    Please note; due to a spiral staircase and steep down staircase to the cellar, we cannot accept anyone into the Caretaker's Flat and cellar who has a mobility problem, walking aid, unsuitable footwear, serious health concern or any children aged under 11.

     

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