With its internationally important collection of textiles, weird and wonderful objects from around the world, and a varied programme of exhibitions and events, there is much to see and enjoy.
The historic house of the Akroyd family is also home to the Duke of Wellington’s Regimental Museum.
For the First World War Centenary in 2014-2018, Bankfield Museum is hosting a new award-winning exhibition and series of events to explore the region's contribution to the First World War and its impact on the region.
Museum, Gallery, Historic house or home, Library, Heritage site
Tue - Sat: 10:00-16:00
Bank holiday Monday: 10:00-16:00
- Museums Association
Wheelchair access to ground floor only. Please contact prior to visit to discuss access.
Free onsite parking. Coach drop off at main road due to narrow gateways.
Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Personalities, Social History, Toys and Hobbies, Weapons and War
For King and Country
- 2 August 2014 — 21 December 2018 *on now
Bankfield Museum’s exhibition commemorating the region's wartime contribution and experiences has been awarded the 2015 Public History Prize by the Royal Historical Society.
The exhibition features over 200 objects, 200 images and archives and 60 local stories to explore local experiences during the First World War. From soldiers, sailors and nurses to those at home working in munitions, hospitals and fundraising.
In 2016, new displays to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme opened on 1 July. We are also hosting a new series of Centenary Talks @Bankfield for 2016 (listed below) and a Great War Memorabilia Day on 12 November. The exhibition runs until December 2018 with changes to the galleries and events each year. See our website for more details.
Please note this exhibition is on the first floor of the Museum- please contact us to discuss any access requirements.
- Any age
- Family friendly
Free with museum entry. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays 10am to 4pm.
- 18 June — 10 September 2016 *on now
An exhibition of embroidered treasures from the National Embroiderers’ Guild, Calderdale Museums’ collections and the Yorkshire and the Humber Region of the Embroiderers’ Guild.
Featuring loan items from the National Embroiderers' Guild and their touring exhibition, 'Calm During the Storm', which will be on display in our For King and Country exhibition space from 21st May. In addition to a wide range of embroidered items from across Calderdale Museums' collections on display throughout the museum.
Our large Temporary Exhibition Gallery on the ground floor will display the annual competitions of the Yorkshire and the Humber Region of the Embroiderers' Guild
- Family friendly
2016: The Somme Centenary
- 5 July — 26 November 2016 *on now
To mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme in 1916, the For King and Country Exhibition has displays and information on the Battle, including the role of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment, experiences of soldiers from this region and how the news was reported locally.
For 2016 we are also hosting a new series of Centenary Talks @ Bankfield, listed below, and a Great War Memorabilia Day by the Halifax Great War Heritage Society on the 12th November.
Trevor Johnson, J. B. Priestley- 9 July
John Spencer, kit and equipment of the First World War soldier- 20 August
Richard Smith, a local family’s experience of the First World War- 3 September
Scott Flaving, The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, 49th Division on the 3rd September 1916- 17 September
Alison Fell, on women's roles during the war- 15 October
See our website for booking.
- Any age
Saturday Art Club
Fantastic fun for a Saturday morning. Children aged 8-14 years can take part in a fun and creative workshop at Bankfield Museum where we explore a variety of art and craft activities using the gallery exhibitions and museum collections for inspiration.
How to obtain
£5 per workshop. To book please contact Jeffrey on 01422 352334 or email email@example.com
Embroider the World
Learn embroidery techniques from world textiles such as chain stitch, bead and mirror work for your own textile creations.
- This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.