The Making of Calderdale Wednesday talks at the Industrial Museum

Calderdale Industrial Museum has talks planned around the topic “The Making of Calderdale”.

Find out about what occurred in our region with regards to workforce, historic connections with the rest of England, industrial changes, resources, that helped build where we live.

Wednesday 15th February :
Wainstalls Waifs: their journey from workhouse to independence’  by Kim Pearson.~
An update on the girls from Liverpool who came to work at Calvert’s Mill in Wainstalls.

Wednesday 15th March : ‘Water, Coal, Wood and Iron: the recipe for a new economy in 1750’ by Dr Stephen Caunce.
Follow up talk on the early years of the Industrial Revolution in our area.

Future talks announced on 3D Printing (4th April) with demonstration during the talk and Edward Crossley’s Telescopes (10th May). More information on these will follow nearer the time.

The talks are by members of CIMA and experts in their subject.

All talks are open to members of the public as well as members of the museum, and start at 7.30pm.  Non members are charged £4 on the door, so please bring your membership cards. Tea & coffee will be available from 7pm for a donation.

Calderdale Industrial Museum : Square Rd, Halifax HX1 1QG (Opposite Halifax Central Library, next to the Piece Hall entrance)

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.




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.


Heritage Events with David Glover in June

Local Historian David C. Glover will be delivering Heritage Walks with topics around various aspects of life in Halifax this month. There are two local flavour walks as part of Halifax Flavourfest and a fundraiser for St. Augustine’s Church.

David Glover from the Discover Brackenbed Walk :

A Taste of West HalifaxHalifax Flavourfest Local History Walks

Walk 1 – 16th June at 19:00hrs:

Meet at Halifax Gibbet. Walk past t the site of two local murders and the site of the Hanson Lane Bomb,  the little-known Model Village at West Hill Park, Alms-houses, the birthplace of Speaker Whitley, People’s Park, Francis Street and finishing at the gates of Lister Lane Cemetery.

Free event, please book through Eventbrite

Walk 2 – 19th June :

Meet opposite 3 Victoria Road, Halifax, HX1 5PT.
Rediscover vanished facilities and buildings including the Halifax Cattle Market & Fairground, ‘St Helena’ Debtors’ Gaol, St Augustine’s Church, The Workhouse, and the site of the first Halifax Slasher attack of 1938. Concludes with a tour of Lister Lane Cemetery – now a European Cemetery of Significance.

Free event, please book through Eventbrite

These are gentle walks and last about 2 hours. You are invited for a complimentary drink at Cha Cha Chai afterwards. Please wear suitable footwear.

Pellon Lane to Lister Lane via St Augustine’s Church
Fundraiser for St Augustine’s Church

Sunday 26th June at 2:30pm

Start at St Augustine’s School, Hanson Lane, Halifax, HX1 5PG

Tickets £8.00 on the door or from Shelagh Hirst on 07941 460905

A nostalgic slideshow of past photographs presented with a fascinating commentary by David Glover. Refreshments will be provided.

Suffragette Walk March 8th for International Women’s Day 2022

Halifax Central Initiative would like to invite the women of Calderdale to celebrate International Women’s Day with a heritage walk, dedicated to the Suffragettes of Halifax.


Follow in the footsteps of these pioneering women, led by local historian David Glover.

The walk starts at Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre, HX1 5PG at 11am and it lasts approximately 2 hours.


For more information and to book, contact:
Shebana Sadiq –
01422 365948

Cultural Events and talks by Calderdale Heritage Walks

As well as their local history inspired walks, the Calderdale Heritage Walks group are hosting a series of talks and cultural events around Halifax.

Please note face masks may well be essential at these events

Talk evenings with David Glover
Illustrated Historical Talks Wednesdays @ Grayston Unity at 8:15pm

£5.00 entry + service fee – Advance Booking only via


The story of Halifax Zoo and Amusement Park by David Glover
Illustrated Halifax Antiquarian Society Lecture
Tuesday 18th January – 7.30pm
At the Graygill Rooms, Halifax Piece Hall

Entry via donation on door

Just over 100 years ago, Halifax had a Zoo. Opened in 1909, this early “theme park” at Chevinedge housed many wild animals, yet also had other attractions – the first cinema in Halifax, a roller-coaster, and a miniature railway. Tales abound of special events, including balloon flights and an early aeroplane display in the skies above. Then there was the meandering bear!

Calderdale Heritage Walks

For the Calderdale Heritage Walks, view the full Winter schedule on the Calderdale Heritage Walks website

Because of Covid, and more limited numbers, Walks must be paid for and prebooked via

Upcoming walks highlights – Full walk details here

  • January 19th – Some Calderdale Murders – 1858-1957
    From the Wadsworth Moor murder of 1858, through to the tragic killing of Emily Pye in Gibbet Street, Halifax, in 1957; looking at six different tragedies, and how they were investigated.
  • Sunday 23rd January 2022 – Lost Churches and Chapels of Halifax
    And there were many! We visit the sites of over twenty; a few remain, given new uses. From Square Congregational Chapel and Church, we move to the sites of vanished buildings.
  • February 16th – More Calderdale Murders – 1556-1964
    Who killed Holdsworth, Vicar of Halifax in his home? Why was the Excise Collector slain in Savile Park Road? Who went mad and killed his boss in the newspaper office?


For more information visit Calderdale Heritage Walks

Unique museum to be unveiled in Warley

warley-museumHistoric Calderdale village, Warley Town, has a unique museum to be unveiled by the Mayor & Mayoress of Calderdale, with the musical accompaniment of the ‘Friendly Band’ and the ‘Sowerby Bridge Morris Dancers’.

Saturday 8 October 2016 – 2pm
Situated at the Maypole Inn, Warley Town Ln, Warley, HX2 7RZ

Members of Warley Community Association, along with highly skilled local artists and historians, have worked together over the year to renovate and transform a redundant telephone box in order to create this very special museum ‘box’ of local history.

This is the one and only conversion of a BT telephone box to a museum in the United Kingdom and an application has been made for it to be entered into the Guinness World Records.

Everyone is welcome to go along and celebrate this grand opening.