Calderdale Museums’ Enews February 2021


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.

Exhibitions online

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.

Explore Shibden online

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 600

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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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.

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.

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.