Bankfield Museum

Bankfield Museum
Boothtown Road
Halifax
West Yorkshire
HX3 6HG
England

Website

http://museums.calderdale.gov.uk/visit/bankfield-museum

E-mail

museums@calderdale.gov.uk

Telephone

01422 352334

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
Exterior image of Bankfield Museum in Halifax
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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 and the Marble Gallery, a new selling space for contemporary craft.

For the First World War Centenary in 2014-2018, Bankfield Museum is creating a new exhibition and series of events to explore the region's contribution to the First World War and its impact on the region.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Mon: Closed
Tue - Sat: 10:00-16:00
Sun: Closed

Bank holiday Monday: 10:00-16:00

Admission charges

Admission free.

Additional info

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.

Collection details

Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Personalities, Social History, Toys and Hobbies, Weapons and War

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
For King and Country exhibition image

For King and Country

  • 2 August 2014 — 21 December 2018 *on now

Bankfield Museum explores the region's contribution to the First World War and its impact on the region in a new exhibition and series of events for 2014 - 2018.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Free with museum entry. Some associated events will be charged for.
Open during museum hours from August 2014. Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm.

Website

http://museums.calderdale.gov.uk/

Dragons!

  • 24 January — 25 April 2015 *on now

A family exhibition exploring fearsome, fiery and friendly dragons through the ages (in all their shapes and sizes).

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://museums.calderdale.gov.uk/whatson/exhibitions/dragons

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
New Zealand machine gunners fitting machine gun belts with cartridges

Machine Guns in WW1

  • 7 March 2015 2-3:30pm

John Spencer, Military Curator at the Bankfield Museum, tells us about the use of the machine gun in WW1. This is part of a series of talks on local topics linked to the First World war followed by Q and A session with refreshments.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Cost £3.00 - refreshments included. Where possible please book in advance.

Website

http://www.calderdale.ticketsource.co.uk/search/searchPerformance.asp?performance_id=125126&sid=

Pakistani 129th_Baluchis_near_Ypres

Remembering the forgotten army of the Great War

  • 7 March 2015

On Saturday 7 March 2015 the sacrifices made by Indian soldiers for Empire during the First World War will be remembered in a special dance at Bankfield Museum. Around 130,000 Indian soldiers served on the Western Front in France. One of the first regiments to arrive was the 129th Baluchi Regiment (Lahore Division). This included Khudadad Khan who was to become the first Indian Army soldier in the Great War to win the Victoria Cross.

Shantha Rao, artistic director /storyteller and dancer from Annapurna Indian Dance will use traditional Indian dance to pay homage to Indian soldiers.

Don't miss this free performance which is part of the Calderdale Museums First World War centenary at Bankfield Museum

Location Bankfield Museum.
Time 1.00 pm and 1.30 pm
FREE. Booking not required

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
black and white photograph of infantry with kit

Myths and Perceptions of the Great War

  • 25 April 2015 2pm

This is part of a series of talks on local topics linked to the First World War followed by Q and A session.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Cost £3.00 - refreshments included. Where possible please book in advance.

Website

http://www.calderdale.ticketsource.co.uk/search/searchPerformance.asp?performance_id=125128&sid=

photograph of poppies in field

British Artists and the Great War

  • 9 May 2015 2-3:30pm

This is part of a series of talks on local topics linked to the First World War followed by Q and A session.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Cost £3.00 - refreshments included. Where possible please book in advance.

Website

http://www.calderdale.ticketsource.co.uk/search/searchPerformance.asp?performance_id=125130&sid=

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Saturday Art Club

http://www.calderdale.gov.uk/leisure/museums-galleries/bankfield-museum/events.html#subcontent

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 jeffrey.andrews@calderdale.gov.uk

Embroider the World

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=145

Learn embroidery techniques from world textiles such as chain stitch, bead and mirror work for your own textile creations.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.
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