Anne Lister of Halifax: arch-traditionalist or ‘first modern lesbian’?

Halifax Civic Trust invite you to a talk about our local historic celebrity, Anne Lister of Shibden Hall, led by Dr Jill Liddington.

Anne Lister in Halifax: arch-traditionalist or ‘first modern lesbian’?

Sat, 21 January 2023, 14:00 – 16:00 GMT

Albany Club 57 Clare Road Halifax HX1 2JP

Tickets: £15.00 pp, Book through Eventbrite

Dr Jill Liddington is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Leeds. Her expertise lies with women’s history, especially gender and class in nineteenth and twentieth century Britain.

Jill is the celebrated author of Female Fortune: the Anne Lister diaries 1833-36. This was the book that inspired TV scriptwriter Sally Wainwright to write Gentleman Jack (BBC1/HBO). It was also the book Sally chose to take with her if she was ever trapped on a desert island (BBC R4).

We are holding this fund-raising talk in conjunction with Jill, a member of Halifax Civic Trust, and afterwards there will be a book signing of Female Fortune.

The event will be held at The Albany Club at Hope Hall 57 Clare Rd, Halifax HX1 2JP which has connections to Anne Lister by being home to Christopher Rawson her coal rival.

The event starts at 14.00 with a 40 minute talk followed by Q&A. There are refreshments of Tea & Coffee and biscuits.

This is a Fund raising event and Tickets are now on sale at £15.00 with the proceeds going towards Halifax Civic Trust.

This event is open to everyone, including members of Halifax Civic Trust.

We welcome people to come and enjoy this event and support our work.

This promises to be a popular event and early booking is advised.




Halifax Civic Trust 60 years Anniversary Lunch 5th November

Halifax Civic Trust Celebrates 60 Years of working for Halifax.

We are pleased to invite you to our Celebratory Lunch in La Vedetta, the private
terrace-room at Pollino’s restaurant, Warley Road, Halifax with the mayor, Angie
Gallagher and her Consort. David Cant, former chair of the Yorkshire vernacular
buildings study group will give an illustrated talk after lunch.

We will begin at 12.30 for a 1pm start on Saturday 5 November.

Our guest speaker, David Cant, well-known local historian and authority on the
traditional buildings of our area, will give an illustrated talk after we have eaten. It
promises to be an interesting afternoon with good food and good company.

David’s talk has the title:
and will last between 30 and 40 minutes.

Pollino’s have put together a menu for the fixed price of £25, as follows:

Garlic Bread and water will be on the table, and tea and filter coffee will be served at the end of the meal. These items are included in the price of £25. Drinks (wine etc.) will be available for purchase at the integral bar.

Any queries please email:

Come and join us in celebrating 60 years of working for Halifax!

Booking via Eventbrite link below:

Halifax Civic Trust





Historic Pubs of Halifax Fundraising Walking Tour August 21st

Join Anne Kirker for a walk around the historic hotels and inns of Halifax and learn of the many reasons for their renown – the good and the bad!

Meeting at 2.00pm at the Old Cock Yard, Halifax HX1 1DS, by the Old Post Office, the route will take us to the Royal Oak, and on the way, we will be looking at the Sportsman, the Union Cross and several others in between!

The tour is accessible to scooters (motorised wheelchairs)

There is no fee to join the tour but as this is a fundraising walk to support our work,
we kindly ask for a donation at the end.

Booking via Eventbrite : Historic Pubs of Halifax Fundraising Walk

Download flyer here

If you would like to join us as a member, please click on this link :
Join Halifax Civic Trust

Heritage Walks by Halifax Civic Trust with David Glover

Please find information on two Calderdale based heritage walks run by Halifax Civic Trust.

Local historian David Glover will be your guide as you walk through areas of Calderdale, learning the history and some not so widely known facts about the past of Halifax.

Both events are free of charge but booking is essential.

The full length of Wakefield Gate or Magna Via
Click above for full walk information and to book onto this walk
When : Sat, 23 July 2022 from 14:00 – 17:00 BST
Meet at : Norcliffe Lane, HX3 8PL

An exhilarating, challenging linear walk from Badger Lane along the eastern medieval route into Halifax, including fine views of the Shibden Valley, panoramic town views from Beacon Hill, and locations of Anne Lister interest. This is part of our Summer Season of Tours.

Rough paths and steep slopes in places – tough footwear recommended.

Click above for full walk information and to book onto this walk

When : Fri, 9 September 2022 from 18:00 – 20:00 BST

This is a Two Hour circular Town Centre walk looking at military connections , royal visits, facts & anecdotes about old buildings and projects which have won accolades. The walk is hosted by David Glover Halifax Civic Trust’s Vice Chair. The Tour is part of our Summer Season of Walks.


Halifax Civic Trust Celebrates National Civic Day (June 18th)

Halifax Civic Trust celebrated National Civic Day on 18th June with a stall at Woolshops and events in the town.

Civic Day is promoted Nationally by Civic Voice who want to see a society where every individual can say ‘I am proud of where I live’.

Halifax Civic Trust has been working to protect Halifax’s Heritage for 60 Years.

It was an exciting day with a 2-hour heritage walk around the town and a special showing of films about Halifax and the Civic Trusts own film about the Wakefield Gate or Magna Via. There were local competitions, and the Trust shared its work over the last 60 years. People were invited to join as members and support their work locally.

The Town Crier announced the event across the Town and the Mayor Cllr. Angie Gallagher opened Civic Day in Halifax and spoke to members of the public about the work of Halifax Civic Trust.

Some images of the day (4 High Res versions)

About Halifax Civic Trust :

Celebrating, enhancing and safeguarding Halifax’s built and natural environment. Founded in 1962. Registered Charity no. 508817. An entirely voluntary organisation which aims to improve the quality of Halifax townscape and celebrate, enhance and safeguard the outstanding built and natural environment of the Town – famously described by John Betjeman as a town of hidden beauty. By raising public awareness, carrying out projects to improve the environment, keeping a close eye on heritage at risk, influencing major projects and planning decisions the aim is to make and keep Halifax an attractive place to live, work and visit. There is an annual awards ceremony to recognise outstanding local projects which have included the restoration of the Piece Hall, local community gardens and the Duke of Wellington’s Regimental Memorial. You will also see plaques commemorating notable local residents around the town.


Contact Details
For further information or to arrange a photo opportunity please contact:
Mark Fennelly – Publicity and Communications tel. 07787 523 516



Civic Day – Woolshops Saturday June 18th!

Halifax Civic Trust are inviting you to celebrate Civic Day in Halifax.

Saturday 18th June from 9.30 am – 430pm

Our stall will be located at the walkway outside the Woolshops shopping centre (outside Marks and Spencer in town)


It will be an exciting day with a 2 hour heritage walk around the town and a special showing of films about Halifax and our own film about a part of Halifax you may not

All our events are free; we just ask for a donation to support our work.

Think you know Halifax? We are holding a photo competition with prizes.

Why not come along to our stall and say hello? We look forward to celebrating all that is Halifax!

Civic day is promoted by Civic Voice who want to see a society where every individual can say ‘I am proud of where I live’.

Halifax Civic Trust is keen to promote pride in our Town, its amazing architecture, heritage, the beautiful scenery surrounding it, the diversity of its people, and its history.

We are definitely proud of our Town!

View Civic Day Flyer – 18th June 2022

Illustrated Historical and Heritage Talks at the Square Chapel with David Glover

Halifax’s very own local historian David Glover will be hosting a series of Illustrated Historical and Heritage Talks and what a more appropriate venue than the Square Chapel of the Arts to host these.

These talks will be running throughout the year and they are a fantastic opportunity to learn a variety of little known facts that have shaped the borough. See Halifax as it was and get a flavour of what life was like.

Tickets are £6.00 per person.

You can purchase via Quaytickets or book Online via the Square chapel website or by calling 0343 208 6016

List of talks:

Next up: Wednesday 27 April at 2.15pm
The Halifax slasher – panic and vigilantism on the street in 1938.

For aficionados of true crime, find out how in the brink of the 2nd World War, Halifax entered an unprecedented and scary lockdown during the last week of November 1938.  As war clouds gathered over Europe, a mysterious attacker had been cutting the clothes of local people (mainly women) in the dark, sometimes causing wounds. Dubbed ‘The Halifax Slasher’, his description varied, and the story was publicised by Press across the UK.  Paranoia and resulting vigilantism in the district were astonishing, and it took a team from Scotland Yard to identify what was happening and prosecutions followed.

May 25th : Old Halifax Photos – 10 – New Selection!

August 31st : Halifax in the 1970s

September 28th : Father to Gentleman Jack : The life of Captain Jeremy Lister

October 26th : The life story of Halifax Parish Church – Now Minster

November 30th : Fine Halifax Houses for Men, Small Flats for Women – and Almshouses

Full events description (Word document)

Find out more at the Square Chapel website