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Textile Art Group

We are a group of eleven textile artists who live in Kirklees, Calderdale and the surrounding area. We are a diverse and creative group working in a variety of ways in stitch and print to play to our individual strengths.
Event dates 13th April 2024 - 13th April 2024
This event takes place at Bankfield Museum
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Women Travellers

Focusing on the lives of four extraordinary women; Anne Lister, Edith Durham, Liz Humphries and Gertrude Bell. This exhibition will tell the story of the journeys they took, the objects they collected and the many people they met along the way.
Event dates 24th November 2018 - 25th May 2019
This event takes place at Bankfield Museum
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Once Upon a Time

An exhibition of children’s books and favourite characters for all the family to enjoy. 
Event dates 2nd February 2019 - 2nd November 2019
This event takes place at Bankfield Museum
Child sat on a tree reading a book
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'God's Own Country': Art and Artists inspired by West Yorkshire

An exhibition of works from Calderdale Museums' collections, celebrating West Yorkshire’s artistic talents and the region’s inspiring landscapes, history, people and architecture. This exhibition is in partnership with the four other West Yorkshire Local Authority Museum Services (Leeds, Bradford, Kirklees and Wakefield) as part of a celebration of our collections relating to the theme 'We are West Yorkshire: A Celebration of People and Place'.   Join us for a free drop-in family activity on the 1st August 11am to 3pm to create your own Yorkshire landscape.  Image shown is 'Mytholmroyd and Cragg valley from Ewood Hall' by John Holland, 1869.
Event dates 6th April 2019 - 12th October 2019
This event takes place at Smith Art Gallery
Mytholmroyd and Cragg valley
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DON’T PANIC! Calderdale at War, 1939-1945

September 2019 is the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War. Calderdale was directly affected: men and women were conscripted for military and industrial service; industry was placed on a war footing and many workers took on Civil Defence and Home Guard duties.
Event dates 8th June 2019 - 30th November 2019
This event takes place at Bankfield Museum
The Auxiliary Fire Service Team 1944
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Calderdale Open Art Exhibition 2019

2019's Calderdale Open Art Exhibition will showcase 2D work by professional and amateur artists in any medium in our North Gallery at Bankfield Museum.  Exhibition opens on the 9th November with prize giving at 2pm. The £100 People’s Prize will be announced on Friday 20th December. Artwork submissions accepted at Bankfield Museum from 10am Tuesday 8th October 2019. Submissions close at 3.30pm on Saturday 26th October.
Event dates 9th November 2019 - 21st December 2019
This event takes place at Bankfield Museum
Calderdale Open Art Exhibition
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As Seen on TV

This exhibition is currently closed until further notice.  An exhibition celebrating the costumes of some of Britain’s best loved TV dramas including Downton Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, Poldark, Victoria and many more. Alongside a new display of historic costumes from similar periods in the Fashion Gallery.
Event dates 15th February 2020 - 5th September 2020
This event takes place at Bankfield Museum
As Seen on TV poster
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A Town Through Time

A selection of images from this exhibition are available online, please see: Brighouse: A Town Through Time. An exhibition capturing a century of Brighouse, West Yorkshire on canvas and camera.
Event dates 17th May 2021 - 25th September 2021
This event takes place at Smith Art Gallery
Bridge End by Miles Sharp
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The Fashion Gallery

Showcasing Calderdale Museums’ fashion and textile collections from ancient Egypt to modern day. Calderdale Museums has one of the best but little known textile collections in the country.
Event dates 3rd June 2021 - 4th September 2021
This event takes place at Bankfield Museum
The Fashion Gallery
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Photographic Memories

Explore the history of photography from the first permanent image made in 1826, to the estimated 14 trillion we take each year across the world today. With a click and a flash, photographs allow us to capture the world around us.
Event dates 3rd June 2021 - 18th December 2021
This event takes place at Bankfield Museum
Three men pose for a photo
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Belonging: Fashion & A Sense of Place

Exploring the influence of the West Riding of Yorkshire on contemporary fashion, this exhibition brings together works from a range of fashion designers and creatives who have been inspired by the many elements that make the area unique. Drawing on themes such as landscape, community spirit, wit and humour and the enduring influence of the textile industry, this multi-disciplinary showcase celebrates the distinctive character of the place and the creative people connected to it.
Event dates 18th September 2021 - 5th March 2022
This event takes place at Bankfield Museum
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The Lockdown Banners

Discover inspiring stories and uplifting poetry in this new exhibition by artist Ian Beesley, designer Martyn Hall, cartoonist Tony Husband and poet Ian McMillan. During lockdown this collective created a series of large scale, colourful banners celebrating the NHS, carers, keyworkers and volunteers.
Event dates 28th September 2021 - 8th January 2022
This event takes place at Smith Art Gallery
NHS-Banner
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Shibden 600

Calderdale Museums is marking the 600th birthday of one of the most important buildings in the region, a building of international renown. The first mention of Shibden Hall was in 1420.
Event dates 8th January 2022 - 25th February 2023
This event takes place at Bankfield Museum
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Fashion in Anne Lister’s Time (1791-1840)

Anne Lister had her own unique style that contrasted with what women were expected to wear. This exhibition explores the many different styles of fashion during her lifetime.
Event dates 26th March 2022 - 24th December 2022
This event takes place at Bankfield Museum
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The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

A new exhibition at Bankfield Museum to mark 70 years of Queen Elizabeth II and her relationship with the people of Calderdale. Featuring some of the most colourful objects in the museum collection; a bright and uplifting celebration of our longest-reigning monarch.
Event dates 14th May 2022 - 16th July 2022
This event takes place at Bankfield Museum
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Costumes from the BBC TV Series ‘Gentleman Jack’

A world exclusive exhibition of costumes by renowned designer Tom Pye for the BBC One TV Series ‘Gentleman Jack’. The programme written by Sally Wainwright tells the story of Anne Lister (1791-1840) of Shibden Hall and her relationship with local landowner Ann Walker (1803-1854).
Event dates 31st May 2022 - 24th December 2022
This event takes place at Bankfield Museum
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The Calderdale Grid

An Exhibition by the Halifax Photographic Society in collaboration with creative writers from the area. Over forty creative writers and photographers have come together to take part in the Calderdale Grid Project.
Event dates 2nd July 2022 - 27th February 2023
This event takes place at Smith Art Gallery
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South Asian Heritage Month

Saturday 16th July marks the beginning of South Asian Heritage Month. A celebration of the ongoing cultural legacy of the region and the lives of the people of South Asian heritage in Britain today, many of whom live in Calderdale.   Bankfield Museum are marking the occasion with a display of some of the highlights of its collection of South Asian art and cultural objects.
Event dates 16th July 2022 - 25th March 2023
This event takes place at Bankfield Museum
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John Holland’s Local Landscapes

During 2023 the main hall at Bankfield will be hung with several works by John Holland (1829-1886), held in Calderdale Museums Service’s collection. Holland was born in Nottingham and painted landscapes and coastal scenes.
Event dates 7th January 2023 - 4th November 2023
This event takes place at Bankfield Museum
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Opening the Wardrobe - The History Wardrobe Collection of Lucy Adlington

A unique exhibition celebrating women’s clothes and the stories they tell. This exclusive exhibition features highlights from the private collection of dress historian Lucy Adlington.
Event dates 4th February 2023 - 23rd December 2023
This event takes place at Bankfield Museum
History Wardrobe Presents - Opening the Wardrobe - The Collection of Lucy Adlington
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A Hat for all Seasons

Celebrating all things hats! This new exhibition examines the style, function, and symbolism of headwear in British society. Showcasing highlights from the Museum collection and contemporary examples from Yorkshire milliners, the exhibition traces the evolution of the hat from the bonnet and topper of the Nineteenth Century to Royal Ascot and catwalk showstoppers of the present day.
Event dates 11th March 2023 - 30th September 2023
This event takes place at Bankfield Museum
A burgundy hat with roses attached to the front
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Highlights from the Smith Collection

Both galleries at the Smith Art Gallery in Brighouse will showcase highlights of the art collection of William and Susannah Smith. Alderman William Smith (1839-1922), who was Mayor of Brighouse from 1893-1895 and 1904-1907, and his wife Susannah (1838-1916) began collecting paintings in the 1870s from exhibitions around the UK.
Event dates 1st April 2023 - 16th September 2023
This event takes place at Smith Art Gallery
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Calderdale Open Art Exhibition 2023

The Calderdale Open Art Exhibition returns for its 10th year, showcasing the best paintings, photos, textiles, and drawings as chosen by our panel of judges, all submitted by artists from the region and beyond.  To mark Calderdale’s Year of Culture in 2024, the theme of this year’s exhibition is the landscape, people, history, and heritage of Calderdale, with entries ranging from landscapes of stunning local scenery, to notable buildings and figures from the region.  To see an online exhibition of the works on display, view: The Calderdale Open Art Exhibition 2023.
Event dates 30th September 2023 - 9th April 2024
This event takes place at Smith Art Gallery
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October Pumpkin Trail

During October, have a go at our free pumpkin trail. Find ten Halloween themed pumpkins hidden in our galleries at Bankfield Museum and discover their spooky stories.
Event dates 1st October 2023 - 4th November 2023
This event takes place at Bankfield Museum
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Three Miles from Home

The watercolours of Jane Austin A special collection from watercolour artist Jane Austin that explores both the famous views and the hidden wonders to be found within three miles of her Halifax home. Jane’s work explores the effects of light and the changing of the seasons on architecture and the natural world, creating a deeply personal celebration of the local area.    Jane will be appearing in Bankfield Museum throughout the exhibition to give demonstrations of her painting.
Event dates 7th October 2023 - 24th February 2024
This event takes place at Bankfield Museum
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Rajasthani Textiles

A unique selling exhibition of vibrant textiles and accessories by Rajinder Ajiz, supporting young people starting up businesses in Rajasthan. The exhibition is within our shop and café space at Bankfield Museum.
Event dates 21st October 2023 - 24th February 2024
This event takes place at Bankfield Museum
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Halifax Country Potteries

This display shows the highlights from Calderdale Museum Service’s country pottery collection from potteries that were established in Halifax and the surrounding areas. 
Event dates 25th October 2023 - 30th April 2024
This event takes place at Bankfield Museum
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50 Years of Calderdale

Calderdale is celebrating its Year of Culture in 2024 to mark the 50th anniversary of its founding as a Borough, a period which has seen a profound transformation of the area from a major manufacturing centre unto a thriving, multicultural area. As part of these celebrations, Bankfield Museum is launching a new exhibition which explores the history of the Borough, from archaeological discoveries that have cast new light on the region’s prehistoric past, to the repurposing of former industrial buildings by businesses, filmmakers, and cultural bodies to create a dynamic future.    
Event dates 2nd January 2024 - 21st December 2025
This event takes place at Bankfield Museum
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INSPIRED: The Art of Making Historical Fashion

This exciting new exhibition showcases fashion makers from across the country who design and make clothing based on historical dress. It explores the process of how you go from a museum garment or fashion plate to producing an item of historically inspired dress that is ready to wear.
Event dates 27th January 2024 - 21st December 2024
This event takes place at Bankfield Museum
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‘In Her Words’- the Anne Lister Archives in Halifax

For two months Bankfield Museum will be home to some key archives of Anne Lister’s past, exploring themes of her travels, study, relationships, family and managing Shibden Hall. The exhibition is based on the 2022 exhibition at Wakefield’s West Yorkshire History Centre, but is expanded to feature even more items, including Anne’s first and last diary entries and never displayed before collections.
Event dates 1st March 2024 - 30th April 2024
This event takes place at Bankfield Museum
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Highlights from the Calderdale Collection

For Calderdale’s Year of Culture 2024, this exhibition will showcase some of the Museum Service’s collections of art across different media and ages. Featuring some of the best-known artists from the region and beyond, alongside hidden gems from within the museum collection.
Event dates 20th April 2024 - 19th October 2024
This event takes place at Smith Art Gallery
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TOYS!

A celebration of all things fun in this family friendly exhibition showcasing a wide range of Museum Collections including teddy bears, trains, boardgames and rocking horses. This exhibition will be filled with nostalgia and have something for all ages to enjoy.
Event dates 11th May 2024 - 31st August 2024
This event takes place at Bankfield Museum
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Mr. Darcy’s ‘Wet Shirt’

The iconic ‘wet shirt’ worn by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen will be on display. The classic 1995 television scene saw Mr. Darcy dive into a lake and emerge with his shirt wet and clinging to him, only to be unexpectedly confronted by the presence of Miss Elizabeth Bennet; the lady who had rejected his marriage proposal.
Event dates 25th May 2024 - 24th December 2024
This event takes place at Bankfield Museum
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Colours Of Calderdale: Textile Art Group’s 30th Anniversary Exhibition

Founded in 1994 and meeting monthly in Bankfield Museum, the Textile Art Group celebrates its 30th anniversary with the exhibition Colours of Calderdale. This links in with Calderdale’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, Culturedale, which celebrates the huge diversity of cultural attractions, diverse groups and many celebratory events being held throughout the Calder Valley during the year.
Event dates 8th June 2024 - 28th September 2024
This event takes place at Bankfield Museum
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Engineers & Chocolatiers

A celebration of Calderdale. The hills and architecture, and the people that shaped it, by local artist Kate Lycett.
Event dates 29th June 2024 - 21st December 2024
This event takes place at Bankfield Museum
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Wild Words

Ted Hughes and the Poetry of Calderdale The rugged and beautiful landscape of Calderdale has inspired poets for generations, most famously, the Poet Laureate Ted Hughes (1930-1998). This new exhibition celebrates the poets and poetry of the region, including rare examples of Hughes’ work from the archives of the University of Huddersfield, and photographs from Fay Godwin (1931-2005), whose images accompanied Hughes’ words in Remains of Elmet.   The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of poetry workshops and live events by current Calder poets.
Event dates 7th September 2024 - 1st March 2025
This event takes place at Bankfield Museum