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

Running from Saturday 8 June to 30 September 2019Bankfield Museum will be holding a FREE exhibition of photographs and memorabilia.

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.

The Great Get Together at Bankfield Museum

 

On Saturday 22 JuneBankfield Museum will be holding a Great Get Together from  10:30am.

Join together for a day full of fun.  There will be arts and craft activities, circus skills, Indian dancing with Annapurna and storytelling with Eden Ballantyne.

Best of all, it’s completely FREE.

 

Sparks! Easter Holiday Fun – Easter Basket at Bankfield Museum

Take part in an eggcellent trail and make an Easter Basket ready for Easter Day at Bankfield Museum, Boothtown Road HX3 6HG on Tuesday 16 April 2019. 

There are sessions at;

  • 11:00am to 12:00pm
  • 1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Tickets are £4.00 per child (£3.00 PTL) and can be booked online at Eventbrite.

Calderdale Open Art Exhibition 2018

The opening of 2018’s Calderdale Open Exhibition will be on Saturday 10 November, 2:00pm at Bankfield Museum when the Mayor of Calderdale will attend for the prize giving, awarded by this year’s judges Tom Wood, Jake Attree and Curator Elinor Camille-Wood.

The First Prize will be £150 of vouchers for Shibden Mill Inn, second prize is afternoon tea at Holdsworth House and third prize will be a Museums goody bag.

Jake Attree is a figurative artist in the sense that everything he paints is based on something he has observed and almost certainly drawn. No matter how far the paintings may depart from the subject that inspired them, they nevertheless are rooted in and dependent upon these initial observations. Born in York in 1950, he now lives and works in West Yorkshire and has a studio at Dean Clough, Halifax. Attree is represented in London by Messum’s of Cork Street. He has shown widely in the UK over the past 25 years and has also exhibited work in America, Holland and Germany. http://www.jakeattree.co.uk/

Tom Wood graduated from Sheffield School of Art in 1978, since then his work has been exhibited worldwide. Amongst his many portrait commissions he has painted Professor Lord Robert Winston and Alan Bennett for the National Portrait Gallery, London. Other notable commissions have included portraits for HRH Prince of Wales, The National Trust, Yale University and Cambridge University. His work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions both in the UK and abroad and he has works in many public and private collections. He currently works from his studio at Redbrick Mill, Batley. https://www.tomwoodfineart.com/

Heritage Open Days at Bankfield Museum

On Thursday 13 September, Friday 14 September and Saturday 15 September, Bankfield Museum will be offering three free tours within the museum with no need to book.

On Thursday 13 September, 2:00pm meet at Reception to join a Curator-led tour of the two latest  exhibitions at Bankfield Museum – Shoes and Sweets – featuring Calderdale’s confectionery collections from Mackintosh, Rowntrees, Riley’s Toffee, Dobsons, Nestle, Turnwrights Toffee and other popular brands.
This tour is on the ground floor of the Museum.

On Friday 14 September, 2:00pm enjoy a tour of Bankfield Mansion and learn about the history of the house and those who lived here.
This tour is on all floors of the Museum.

On Saturday 15 September, 2:00pm take a tour of the For King and Country galleries. Recommended age 12+. This tour is on the top floor of the Museum.

Hot Sparks! Making a Chocolate Box at Bankfield Museum

 

Hear the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and create your own chocolate box at Bankfield Museum on Wednesday 29 August. 

There are sessions at;

  • 11:00am to 12:00pm
  • 1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Tickets are £3.50 per child (£2.50 PTL) and can be booked online at Eventbrite.

Hot Sparks! Mini Dig at Bankfield Museum

Take time to explore a dig and then create your own dinosaur fossil at Bankfield Museum on Tuesday 31 July. 

There are sessions at;

  • 11:00am to 12:00pm
  • 11:30am to 12:30pm
  • 1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • 1:30pm to 2:30pm
  • 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Tickets are £3.50 per child (£2.50 PTL) and can be booked online at Eventbrite.