A Town Through Time - Activities

Here are some family activities inspired by our Town Through Time exhibition, exploring the history of Brighouse through painting and photography.

Have a look through the images in the exhibition and then try some of the activities below.

Activity 1 - A Street Scene

Inspired by Miles Sharp's painting, try making your own pop-up street scene.

You will need

  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Scissors


  1. Step 1 – Fold your piece of paper in half 3 times so you end up with 8 sections on your paper.
  2. Step 2 – Look at the photo and draw an arrow shape on 3 folds to make roof shapes.
  3. Step 3 – For each arrow fold the paper so you can see one side of the arrow and cut along the line. See picture to help.
  4. Step 4 – Open the paper out. Fold in half length-ways and push each little house out and fold it up completely like a little book to help strengthen the folds.
  5. Step 5 – Decorate your street. Mine are of houses but you could do shops or other buildings near you.
Miles Sharps painting

Activity 2 - A Wax-resist Painting

You could make a wax resist painting of a landscape or flowers or write secret messages. Have a look at Miles Sharp's view of Brighouse below for inspiration.

You will need

  • Card
  • White wax crayon
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint
  • Paint Palette
  • Water pot


  1. Step 1 – Press down hard with your crayon whilst drawing a picture. If you have a lamp near you, you might want to put in on whilst drawing as you can see the markings clearer.
  2. Step 2 – Make up some watery paint with any colour you wish to use. Add a fair bit of paint to the water as you don't want the water too clear.
  3. Step 3 – Brush your watery paint over your picture and by magic your picture will appear.
  4. Step 4 – Put your picture somewhere safe to dry.
sharpe 1

Activity 3 - A Natural Picture

Whilst on your daily exercise or in your garden lookout for some leaves, twigs and rocks you could use to make a natural picture.

Once you have a selection of natural items, arrange the things you have found to make a picture. This could be of a landscape, person or animal.

Can you make any other pictures from the items you have found?

(Always make sure you wash your hands after touching things from the woods or garden)