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Calderdale Museums are open again!

Shibden Hall, the home of Anne Lister 1791-1840, also known as Gentleman Jack, is welcoming visitors every day 10.00-17.00 Monday to Friday and 11.00-17.00 Saturday and Sunday but tickets must be pre booked online at www.eventbrite.co.uk in advance. This fascinating house dates from 1420 and shows visitors what it must have been like to live and work there. Visit the barns and see displays relating to different crafts like a blacksmiths, wheelwrights, saddlers and coopers. Don’t forget the splendid grounds with gardens, play area, minature railway, boating lake and cafe.

 

The Bankfield Museum was once the home of Colonel Edward Akroyd, a local mill owner and philanthropist, who created a model village, now a conservation area, called Akroydon which is a smaller version of the famous Saltaire about 10 miles away. (also well worth a visit) A museum since 1887, Bankfield shows us the story of industrial Halifax and Calderdale and includes some unique collections of costumes, jewellery, toys and military history in a beautiful setting. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 to 16.00 but book in advance. 

For more information on both these venues, see www.museums@calderdale.gov.uk

 

Calderdale Industrial Museum is situated very close to the Piece Hall in the town centre and focuses on exhibits showing the industrial heritage of Calderdale which is dominated by the textile industry although sweets and chocolate have played a part too! www.calderdaleindustrial.co.uk will tell you more. 

It is run entirely by volunteers and is open on Saturdays 10.00 to 16.00. Booking is not required but social distancing measures must be kept.

 

 

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