Fashion & Textiles At Bankfield Museum

A new exhibition, entitled “The Fashion Gallery”, opens on 10 May at the Bankfield Museum Boothtown Road, Halifax HX3 6HG.

Entry to the exhibition is free.

About the Exhibition

Calderdale Museums has one of the best but little known textile collections in the country. There are 17,000 objects, collected from all over the world. The collection began when the museum first opened in 1887. It represents the influence of world textiles on local production as well as how local textiles have been exported around and influenced the world. The collection includes significant objects from Ancient Egypt, The Balkans, China, Japan and the Indian Subcontinent. A range of English embroidery, samplers, costume, court dress, military uniforms, pattern books from West Yorkshire manufacturers and the design archive of Crossley’s Carpets.

It represents not just textiles but textile production from spindles to spinning wheels, cards, combs and looms. The new fashion gallery will tell both the story of the production and manufacture of textiles in the local area and how those textiles were then used.


Disabled parking is to the rear of building with access via a ramp. All of the Ground Floor is wheelchair accessible (main areas and galleries of museum). Toilets, disabled toilet and baby change are all on ground floor. Large print labels available for exhibitions. Handling boxes available for visually impaired visitors.

Volunteering Opportunity

Do you have a passion for fashion? Do you care for flair? Bankfield Museum is offering a brand new voluntary role: Fashion Gallery Steward. If you would love to share cultural history with our visitors, and help bring our exquisite costume and textile collection to life, then please express your interest now!