Calderdale Museums: Craft Fairs are Returning for 2021!

This is the November newsletter from Calderdale’s Museums Service:

Shibden Hall Winter Craft Fair

The hall will reopen especially for the weekend and host a selection of local crafts and produce on sale in time for Christmas shopping. The perfect place for present buying or to treat yourself.Saturday 13 November 10am-4pmSunday 14 November 10am-4pmPlease book tickets online.Adults £4.00 (plus booking fee)Concessions £3.00 (plus booking fee)Concessions include: Children 5 – 16 years / Senior Citizens /Passport to Leisure.Ticket price includes reduced admission to the hall.

Bankfield Museum Christmas Craft Fair

Come and enjoy a selection of gifts from local artisans and craft makers, with stalls throughout the museum. Refreshments available from the new café.  Saturday 4 December, 10am – 4pmNo need to book, free entry.

Would you like to book your own private visit to Shibden Hall?

Shibden Hall is officially closed for the winter season from November through to the beginning of March, but Calderdale Museums Service are pleased to announce exclusive access to Shibden Hall. Over three dates in December we will welcome group bookings. Our friendly Room Stewards will be on hand to answer your questions about the history of the hall and its residents.
Wednesday 1st December: 10.00-12.00pm or 1.30-3.30pm Wednesday 8th December: 10.00-12.00pm or 1.30-3.30pm Wednesday 15th December: 10.00-12.00pm or 1.30-3.30pmMaximum number of 50 attendees per session.Fee £400.00To book contact

Exhibitions Open Now

Belonging: Fashion & A Sense of Place18 September 2021 – 5 March 2022

Exploring the influence of the West Riding of Yorkshire on contemporary fashion, this exhibition brings together works from a range of fashion designers and creatives who have been inspired by the many elements that make the area unique. A curatorial collaboration between Leeds Arts University and Bankfield Museum.

Featuring works by: Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Red or Dead, Edward Crutchley, Cunnington & Sanderson, John Bulmer, Martin Parr, Niall Cotrell, Kate Brittain, Neesha Tulsi Champaneria, Sadie Clayton, Rav Matharu, Mary Benson and many more.

Woodland Paths & Grand Days Out25 September 2021 – 26 March 2022An exhibition of new work by the artist Kate Lycett

During 2020 whilst travel was restricted, Kate and her family took walks in the Calder Valley and it was here where she began to observe and capture the changing of the seasons through paintings of trees and accompanying wildlife. This collection of over 43 small works was to become the Nightingale Project. At the same time the family talked about the places they wanted to go once they could venture out of the valley, inspiring a new body of work of large Yorkshire landscapes about these ‘Grand Days Out’.

These two bodies of work are presented for the first time in this new exhibition ‘Woodland Paths and Grand Days Out’.

The Lockdown Banners 28 September 2021 – 17 January 2022Discover inspiring stories and uplifting poetry in this new exhibition by artist Ian Beesley, designer Martyn Hall, cartoonist Tony Husband and poet Ian McMillan. During lockdown this collective created a series of large scale, colourful banners celebrating the NHS, carers, keyworkers and volunteers. Inspired by the Confederation of Health Service Employees (COSHE) banners of the 1970s, this new display tells the story of the pandemic through the voices and perspectives of those who were saving lives and keeping the country running, while highlighting important social issues that have been raised during this difficult time.On display at Smith Art Gallery, Brighouse Part of the Brighouse Arts Festival


Shibden Hall is now closed for the winter season and will reopen on 1st March 2022. The hall will be opening for select days during winter for events and other activities. All the details can be found on the websiteBankfield Museum remains open throughout the winter, with free entry and there is no need to book tickets. For our current opening times see the website