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.

 

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.

For King and Country Open Day at Bankfield Museum

An Open Day based upon the King and Country exhibition will be held on Saturday 9 June at Bankfield Museum.

There will be free activities and events suitable for all ages commemorating the region’s First World War experiences.

Bankfield Museum’s exhibition commemorating the region’s wartime contribution features over 200 objects, 200 images and archives and 60 local stories to explore local experiences during the First World War. From soldiers, sailors and nurses to those at home working in munitions, hospitals and fundraising.

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Needlepunch Felt & Fibre Painting with Jackie Ford & Denise Teed

Join Textile Art Group artists Jackie Ford and Denise Teed for a demonstration at Bankfield Museum where you will learn the basics of needlepunch felt and fibre painting.

Take the opportunity to talk to the artists about their work or ask them for tips about your own.

This free demonstration on Saturday 14 April, 11:00am-2:00pm is linked to the Perspectives on Pattern exhibition.

No bookings necessary.

Bankfield Museum’s Christmas Craft Fair

There will be a selection of local crafts and produce on sale in just time for Christmas at Bankfield Museum, Boothtown Road HX3 6HG – the perfect place for present buying or to treat yourself.

The Christmas Craft Fair will take place on Saturday 9 December, 10am-3pm.

Admission is free and the museum is open until 4.00pm.

For more information call 01422 352334.