Examples of Previous Exhibitions



Splendid Shreds of Silk and Satin: A celebration of Charlotte Bronte in Quilts.

In partnership with the Bronte Parsonage Museum and novelist Tracy Chevalier. An exhibition in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery at Bankfield featuring a quilt made by Charlotte and her sisters on loan from Haworth and a selection of historic quilts from Bankfield Museum’s collection, alongside entries for the Brontë Quilt Challenge sponsored by the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles and the Brontë Society. 


Kate Lycett: Lost Houses of the South Pennines

Local artist Kate Lycett's successful exhibition featured new artworks exploring Lost Houses of the region. Drawing upon plans, photographs and written accounts, as well as the sites themselves, Kate recreated some of the lost houses of the South Pennines, including Castle Carr, New Cragg Hall and High Sunderland. Many of the paintings were sold along with a number of limited edition prints and cards, as well as an exhibition guidebook.


Bonnets, Beanies and Beyond

Vendredi Millinery group have worked with Bankfield Museum to create two exhibitions to date, both inspired by the Museum's collections. This second exhibition of their work explored time travel through hats, as part of the Time Keepers exhibition. The group created hats inspired by the past, present and future and also created displays with information on the history of hats, their manufacture and futuristic visions. 


19th Century Dressmaking

Local fashion and costume lecturer Phionna Fitzgerald researched several dresses in the Museum's collections and recreated them for display. She also worked with students to recreate dresses to learn dress making techniques. The exhibition featured original dresses, accessories and fashion images from the museum’s collections and Phionna and her students' modern reconstructions.


Waterloo 200

To commemorate the bicentenary of Waterloo, The Duke of Wellington’s Regimental Museum at Bankfield Museum partnered with the National Army Museum on a temporary exhibition. 



Pirates! with Chris Mould

A swashbuckling exhibition of pirates, treasure and adventure featuring original drawings from 'Pirates 'n' Pistols', the award winning children's book by local artist and writer Chris Mould. The family exhibition explored the history of pirates, both fact and fiction and books and limited edition prints of the Bankfield Pirate are still available to purchase from the Museum's shop. The success of this exhibition led us to collaborate with Chris the following year on the theme of Dragons, using Chris's original drawings and a wide selection of objects from the Museum's collections to explore the fascination of dragons.



Wild West

In 2017 our Wild West exhibition explored the myths and realities of the Wild West. Native American and Western artefacts were 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 saw 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.


We have worked with many individuals and groups to create exhibitions inspired by our collections including Peter Colgan (rugs), Sue Lawty (textiles), Michael Brennand-Wood (artworks), Alice Kettle (embroidery), Paddy Killer (textile art), Kate Lycett (painting), Phionna Fitzgerald (dress maker), Chris Mould (illustration), the Textile Art Group, the Quilter's Guild and Halifax Photographic Society.