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Calderdale Industrial Museum

Calderdale Industrial Museum houses a collection of industrial machinery and artifacts over four floors. Some of the machines are the only surviving examples in the country and have been placed in settings to give a close representation to the time when they were fully operational in the not too distant past.

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Attraction type:
  • Disabled Access
  • Family
  • Galleries & Museums
  • Historic Sites & Trails

See the machines that changed the world for everyone everywhere! The Calderdale Industrial Museum offer a great opportunity to witness the rise of the Industrial Revolution on the Calder Valley.

Down in the basement, the oil engine ‘Sadie’ provides power for part of an extensive collection of locally-manufactured machine tools, including lathes, drills and planers. You can take in the experience of nineteenth century Mytholm Coal Mine, learn about stone extraction and the exploitation of clay in the fireclay industries.

The Power Gallery on the ground floor illustrates the story of power generation, from the water wheel to the internal combustion engine, by way of steam and electricity. The availability of power, initially from the numerous well-fed streams throughout Calderdale, was key to the growth of local industry.

The first floor displays products that were made in Calderdale. World-famous names such as Mackintosh’s Toffees and Crossley’s carpets were everyday brands originating in Halifax.

The top floor is now partially open, showing the development from cottage industry to the early industrial phases. The final part of the display is still being developed and will be open in the next year. The objective is to develop and present the story of how worsted cloth is manufactured from sheep’s wool.

The museum café serves a selection of hot and cold drinks, cakes, scones and light lunches, including a children’s menu.

The Museum is operated by the Calderdale Industrial Museum Association (CIMA). a registered charity and dedicated group of enthusiastic volunteers.

A great opportunity to witness the rise of the Industrial Revolution in the Calder Valley!


Calderdale Industrial Museum is open every Saturday from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Last entry 3.00pm and is open on Thursdays in the school holidays.

Adults: £5 Concessions (senior citizens & students): £4 Accompanied Children aged up to 16: FREE

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Accessibility Information;

  • Access is to the side of the Museum via our newly-installed ramp and stairs.
  • Internally there are stairs and a lift to all floors. 
  • Disabled Parking is available by prior request.
  • Disabled toilet available
  • Good access in the cafe for wheelchairs and pushchairs