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  1. Laura Annie Wilson Exhibition

    Halifax

    Laura Annie Willson Exhibition

    15th Sep 2018

    From Saturday 15th September 2018 you can enjoy an exhibition in Calderdale Industrial Museum celebrating the life and achievements of Laura Annie ...
    From Saturday 15th September 2018 you can enjoy an exhibition in Calderdale Industrial Museum celebrating the life and achievements of Laura Annie Willson. Laura Annie Willson was an extraordinary Halifax woman who rose from obscurity in the early twentieth century and then disappeared from view after her death in the 1940s. Before WW1 she became a prominent suffragette in Halifax, and was imprisoned twice. During the war, she was instrumental in getting women into factories to help the war effort. She set up one of the first works canteens in the engineering firm she ran with her husband [Willson Lathes], which became a model for others. Laura was awarded the MBE for her efforts. After the war Laura was a founder member of the Women’s Engineering Society, later its President, and later set up an electrical engineering company to get the new power source into more rural areas. If that was not enough, she decided something needed to be done about the poor housing stock available for working people, so she became a house builder. There are still four housing estates dotted across Halifax which Laura designed and built. You can visit Calderdale Industrial Museum each Saturday from 10am - 4pm, last entry 3.30pm. Entrance fee: £5 per adult. Concessions £4. Accompanied children enter free.
  2. Women Travellers at Bankfield Museum

    Halifax

    Women Travellers

    Starting 24th Nov 2018
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    Focusing on the lives of four extraordinary women; Anne Lister, Edith Durham, Liz Humphries and Gertrude Bell. This exhibition will tell the sto...
    Focusing on the lives of four extraordinary women; Anne Lister, Edith Durham, Liz Humphries and Gertrude Bell. This exhibition will tell the story of the journeys they took, the objects they collected and the many people they met along the way. Objects displayed will include some of the outfits they wore to travel in, notebooks, photographs and the many fascinating items they brought back. Come and discover stories of happiness, loss and amazing achievements! FREE admission.
  3. 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.
  4. The History Jar

    Halifax

    The History Jar at Orange Box Young People’s Centre

    Starting 21st Mar 2019
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    'History Jar' Day Schools in Halifax Thursday 29th November 2018 10.00 am – 3.30pm Fee: £20 The Conqueror’s women Find out about the form...
    'History Jar' Day Schools in Halifax Thursday 29th November 2018 10.00 am – 3.30pm Fee: £20 The Conqueror’s women Find out about the formidable and influential, Matilda of Flanders, wife of William the Conqueror and her daughters. It is said that William was faithful to his queen throughout their marriage but their courtship was not without its drama. Later their relationship would be tested when Matilda chose to support their rebellious eldest son Robert against his father. The pair had nine or ten children of whom six were daughters about whom popular History knows little. One was given to the Church prior to William’s invasion of England another become the mother of King Stephen. We will explore the role of aristocratic women, including the nuns and Saxon ladies who may have embroidered the Bayeux Tapestry and investigate the scandal of Constance who may have been murdered by her own servants. Thursday 21st March 2019 10.00am -3.30 pm Fee: £20 Isabella of France - the She-Wolf, her husband and their lovers. The only queen of England to order the execution of a king. Find out about the arranged marriage to the most handsome man in Europe and the consequences of his disastrous infatuations with his favourites. Find out how Isabella turned from a loyal wife, a political mediator and mother to four children into she-wolf leading the most successful invasion of England since the conquest. We will also explore how she came to have possession of her husband’s heart – in a silver casket. We will explore the role of Roger Mortimer, the queen’s lover and the impact of the Earl of Kent’s rebellion. We will also consider her punishment and rehabilitation at the court of her son Edward III. Thursday 25th April 2019 10.00am -3.30 pm Fee: £20 Joan of Kent - princess of controversy and first Princess of Wales Find out about Joan’s childhood in the aftermath of her father’s execution for treason including her life at the court of Philippa of Hainault. The marital escapades of the Fair Maid of Kent are documented in Froissart. We will explore medieval marriage through Joan’s clandestine relationship with Thomas Holland; her bigamous but politically strategic marriage to William Montacute and her third marriage to the Black Prince. We will also consider Joan’s importance as the mother of the child Richard II despite her lack of official status, her reputation for piety and her popularity with the peasants. Thursday 23rd May 2019 10.00am -3.30 pm Fee £20 Thomas Fairfax- A Yorkshireman’s Civil War We will explore Fairfax’s role in the Bishops’ War and the Fairfax position in the escalating dispute between King and Parliament before following his progress from Seacroft Moor to Adwalton. We will chart Fairfax’s swift progression through the first and second civil wars from local politics to the national scene. From there we will move on to the trial of the king, regicide and the establishment of a republic. We will consider his role at Colchester and Burford. We will explore Fairfax’s relationship with his wife Anne the key political figures of the period and also Fairfax’s literary contributions. Email for further details and alternative methods of payment at thehistoryjar@gmail.com
  5. '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
  6. Much Ado About Nothing

    Halifax

    Much Ado About Nothing

    Starting 25th Apr 2019
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    Northern Broadsides presents its production of William Shakespeare’s glorious tale of antagonistic romance and chaotic comedy. Told in true Norther...
    Northern Broadsides presents its production of William Shakespeare’s glorious tale of antagonistic romance and chaotic comedy. Told in true Northern Broadsides style and set at the end of World War II, this production, which was last performed by the company in 2000, is sure to capture your hearts this Spring! Directed by Conrad Nelson. Tickets:- adults £20, concessions £18, partially restricted view and restricted view seats also available, please see the website for details. Evenings 7.30pm, Saturday Matinees 2.30pm, except Sunday 28th 4pm and Wednesday 1st 6pm
  7. We're Going On A Bear Hunt

    Halifax

    We're Going On A Bear Hunt

    Starting 2nd May 2019
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    2nd - 5th May. Shows at various times See the smash-hit production of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt at the Victoria Theatre Halifax this May, dire...
    2nd - 5th May. Shows at various times See the smash-hit production of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt at the Victoria Theatre Halifax this May, direct from the West End. This family favourite story returns vividly and noisily in director Sally Cookson’s fun-filled adaptation set to Benji Bower’s versatile lively score. Join our intrepid family of adventurers and their musical dog on a quest to find a bear; as they wade through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick oozy, squelchy mud! Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes, plenty of adventure and a few surprises along the way. Based on the much-loved picture book by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, this mischievous celebration of play is the perfect treat for families with children aged 3 and up.
  8. Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival

    Hebden Bridge

    Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival 2019

    Starting 2nd May 2019
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    The 6th Annual Hebden Bridge Burlesque will take place over the weekend of 3rd to 6th May 2018, bringing four days of fun-filled fabulousness. ...
    The 6th Annual Hebden Bridge Burlesque will take place over the weekend of 3rd to 6th May 2018, bringing four days of fun-filled fabulousness. If you are looking for a healthy portion of fabulous, featuring some of the best performers from the world of Burlesque and Alternative Cabaret, served up with a great big dollop of Yorkshire hospitality, then Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival is the place to be!
  9. Todmorden Folk Festival

    Todmorden

    Todmorden Folk Festival 2019

    Starting 3rd May 2019
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    The annual Todmorden Folk Festival brings you three days packed with live music, dancing, singing, mirth & merriment at several fantastic venues ac...
    The annual Todmorden Folk Festival brings you three days packed with live music, dancing, singing, mirth & merriment at several fantastic venues across Todmorden Town Centre. You can enjoy concerts, workshops, the Ceilidh, dancers, free acts in a cafe, free kid's activities or joining in a chorus in a pub. we really do have something for everyone! Get your full weekend ticket, or pick and choose the tickets you want, and enjoy lots of FREE events all weekend!
  10. Cara Dillon

    Halifax

    Cara Dillon

    4th May 2019

    Sat 4th May, 8pm at Red Brick Auditorium Tickets: £22 (£20 concessions) Cara Dillon occupies an enviable position at the very top of her genr...
    Sat 4th May, 8pm at Red Brick Auditorium Tickets: £22 (£20 concessions) Cara Dillon occupies an enviable position at the very top of her genre. This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences and achieving exceptional acclaim for over 20 years. She has (according to Mojo magazine) “Quite possibly the world’s most beautiful female voice”. Alongside a selection of favourites from her previous releases, Cara will be performing material from her new album “Wanderer” which is a collection of beautiful and moving songs recorded in an intimate setting with her husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman. Every note and word sung with a passion and confidence earned through a life of experience singing traditional songs. Legions of fans will attest to their impassioned performances with Cara’s warm and natural stage presence something to savour.
  11. The Fashion Gallery

    Halifax

    The Fashion Gallery

    Starting 4th 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. Opening 4th May 2019 this new gallery will replace 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.
  12. Northowram Scarecrow Festival

    Halifax

    Northowram Scarecrow Festival 2019

    Starting 4th May 2019
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    Saturday 4th - Monday 6th May 2019 There's fun for all the family at Northowram Village, Halifax, when the Scarecrow Festival returns over the M...
    Saturday 4th - Monday 6th May 2019 There's fun for all the family at Northowram Village, Halifax, when the Scarecrow Festival returns over the May Bank holiday weekend. In addition to the Scarecrow Trail there's a Fun Dog Show, Bake Off, BBQ, Live Music, Raffle and Tombola.
  13. Halifax Antiquarian Society Lecture

    Halifax

    Halifax Antiquarian Society Lecture: The Agricultural Hiring Fairs of Northern England

    7th May 2019

    The Highlight of the Rural Year: The Agricultural Hiring Fairs of Northern England, 1890-1925 Dr Stephen Caunce, member. This talk deals with...
    The Highlight of the Rural Year: The Agricultural Hiring Fairs of Northern England, 1890-1925 Dr Stephen Caunce, member. This talk deals with a largely forgotten traditional event which was eagerly anticipated every year in many towns across most of the north. It is based entirely on original research and is put over largely in the words of participants and observers of the time. Hiring fairs had a highly practical basic purpose in linking employers with workers, male and female, who were seeking jobs, but as the title suggests, much more went on besides 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.
  14. Hebden Folk Roots Festival

    Hebden Bridge

    Hebden Folk Roots Festival 2019

    Starting 10th May 2019
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    10th - 12th May 2019 Hebden Folk Roots Festival 2019 is a weekend celebrating of Folk, Americana and World Music. This festival involves lot...
    10th - 12th May 2019 Hebden Folk Roots Festival 2019 is a weekend celebrating of Folk, Americana and World Music. This festival involves lots of the community, who will be showcasing their talents in areas of dance, spoken word, storytelling, and of course music. Artists locally, nationally and international are performing on stages in our beautiful town of Hebden Bridge. This is a festival of the people for the people, with street performances, workshops, ceilidh, music events throughout the weekend.
  15. Big Girls Don't Cry

    Halifax

    Big Girls Don't Cry

    16th May 2019

    8pm 10th Anniversary Tour - Celebrating a decade of Big Girls Don’t Cry featuring The East Coast Boys Step back in time, to the era of romanc...
    8pm 10th Anniversary Tour - Celebrating a decade of Big Girls Don’t Cry featuring The East Coast Boys Step back in time, to the era of romance. Where gents were gents, and gals were gals! Come and experience the iconic sounds of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons authentically recreated by a phenomenal cast and live band. Tickets £30.25
  16. Al Murray: Landlord of Hope & Glory

    Halifax

    Al Murray: Landlord of Hope & Glory

    17th May 2019

    Monday 24 October, 7.30pm Come and join Al Murray yo marvel at the majesty of our green and pleasant land. A land globally renowned for our cult...
    Monday 24 October, 7.30pm Come and join Al Murray yo marvel at the majesty of our green and pleasant land. A land globally renowned for our culture, history and places. Join Al to step backwards into the future. Tickets £29.25

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