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.

Wild West Exhibition and talks at Bankfield Museum

Venue: Bankfield Museum, Akroyd Park, Boothtown Rd, Halifax, HX3 6HG

Native American and Western artefacts will be on display from Calderdale Museums, Leeds City Museums and various private collections, alongside souvenirs from the world famous ‘Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show’, which visited Halifax on the 8th October 1903.

January 2017 sees the 100th anniversary of Buffalo Bill’s death. Born William F. Cody, the legendary ‘Buffalo Bill’ almost single-handedly created the image of the ‘Wild West’, which endures to this day- with cowboys and Indians, covered wagons and stagecoaches.

Wild West Talks – FREE Admission

Moccasin Making – £40 per person including materials, tools and refreshments.
Learn how to make a pair of leather moccasins.  To register interest or for more information please email