In memory of Captain Sir Thomas Moore
We were deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of Captain Tom who served with the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment. The Regiment’s museum and archive are at Bankfield Museum and two portraits of Captain Tom have been donated to the Regiment’s collection and will be proudly displayed once we re-open.
LGBT+ History Month 2021
For LGBT+ History Month 2021 we’re proud to share the story of landowner, businesswoman, traveller, diarist and lesbian Anne Lister of Shibden Hall. Find out more on our website including a biography and a film introduction to her life as well as information on the Gentleman Jack TV series and extracts from her diaries.
Our introduction book to Anne Lister is available in our online shop.
Have you seen our online exhibitions yet? You can explore the history of photography and take a trip down memory lane with Photographic Memories, discover the history of Mackintosh Toffee and Quality Street or get up close to Shibden Hall’s portraits. Find all our online exhibitions here.
You can still explore Shibden Hall whilst it remains closed with our online 3D tour of the site. Make your way around the Hall, Barn and exterior, all from your own home!
There is also a dedicated tour focussed on Anne Lister (1791-1840).
Museums Go Live!
Our virtual education sessions for schools cover a wide range of subjects and are available for booking. We have also created a range of family activities for you to try at home and post regular family activities on our Bankfield Facebook page.
Shibden Hall is now 600 years old! To celebrate, throughout the year, we’ll be sharing stories through new online content, films and talks, creating new exhibitions at both Shibden and Bankfield, as well as gathering your memories of Shibden Hall. Follow us on social media to be the first to hear.
Smith Art Gallery exhibition online
Smith Art Gallery in Brighouse is currently home to our ‘A Town Through Time’ exhibition, which you can also see online here. Look out for when the galleries will re-open later this year: See Brighouse Library webpage for opening updates here.
Museum online shop
You can still support the Museums Service whilst we are closed by purchasing through our online shop, with a range of gifts, cards, books and merchandise.
Happy Birthday to the Victoria Theatre!
The Victoria Theatre in Halifax has turned 120 years old! Not quite as old as Bankfield (opened in 1887) or Shibden’s 600 years, but a remarkable period sharing joy and laughter for over a century and we look forward to them re-opening.
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