On Tuesday I posted about Kate Lycett’s Lost Houses exhibition at the Bankfield Museum in Halifax. It was our first visit there, and whilst the main reason for us going was to see the new paintings, we also had a look around the rest of the museum.
The Bankfield Museum is essentially the main museum for the borough of Calderdale, including Halifax and the other towns of the Calder Valley. Its best known collection is that of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, but there are also some smaller exhibits about toys and the history of the area. In particular, there’s a focus on Edward Akroyd, who built the museum and the surrounding estate, known as Akroydon. There aren’t many interactive exhibits so young children may not find it as interesting as, say, Eureka which is down the hill from here.
One room is set aside for various miscellany in the Calderdale Museums collection. Sadly there’s a lack of detail about most items, but certain items of interest are listed, such as a narwhal horn or the ashtrays from Halifax’s now-closed Odeon cinema.
As well as the Kate Lycett exhibition, there is also a small temporary exhibition on time travel – and yes, there is a TARDIS on show.
The Bankfield Museum is not in Halifax town centre, although it is within walking distance – albeit up a rather steep hill. You can also drive there, or catch the 576 bus from Halifax or Bradford. Entrance is free, and it’s open Tuesday-Saturday (and bank holidays). Set aside a couple of hours for your visit.