Bankfield Museum

Bankfield Museum
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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.

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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Historic house or home, Library, Heritage site

Opening hours

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

Bank holiday Monday: 10:00-16:00

Admission charges

Admission free.


  • Museums Association

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’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.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly


Free with museum entry. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays 10am to 4pm.


The Halifax Gibbet

Horrible Halifax

  • 3 February — 2 June 2018 *on now

In this family friendly exhibition we will be discovering the darker side of the history of Halifax and learning more about the inventions and laws that made all our lives better.

Come join us as we take you on a journey through the historic streets of Halifax. We’ll be visiting the apothecaries to cure our ailments, finding out how we can save our teeth and considering all the ways a crime was punished, including the infamous Halifax gibbet!

My-oh-my how civilisations change!

Suitable for

  • Any age


Pattern from Calderdale Museums Services collection

Perspectives on Pattern

  • 10 February — 2 June 2018 *on now

Interpretations of Calderdale Museums Pattern Book Collection by the Textile Art Group. Discover intricate details, long forgotten patterns and learn more about the history of the textile industry. The exhibition will include art works created by the Textile Art Group inspired by this fascinating collection.

Members of the Textile Art Group will be in the Link Gallery on various days throughout the exhibition, demonstrating a number of different crafts and talking about their work. Free, drop in activity for all ages.

Through my Sketchbooks with Vivienne Brown: 17 March, 1.30pm to 4pm

Bookmaking with Helen Smith & Joan Burnip: 24 March, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4pm

Needlepunch Felt & Fibre Painting with Jackie Ford and Denise Teed: 14 April, 11am to 2pm

Suitable for

  • Any age


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.

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.

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

Bankfield Museum
Boothtown Road
West Yorkshire




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.