Upcoming events at Calderdale’s museums

Upcoming events at Calderdale’s museums: Click here to view Calderdale Museums’ 2023 Exhibitions and Events

Here are some of the highlights coming up:

The Art of Millinary

Join our event linked to the Hat for all Seasons exhibition at Bankfield Museum.Join Milliner Sherry Richardson to explore the Art of Millinery and the inspiration around our everyday lives when creating headwear. Sherry’s Millinery journey starts from the point of being “hooked” to create hats, to delivering headpieces for the catwalk.

There will be plenty of headwear on show to see, with time for questions at the end. You can take a personal tour around the Hat for all Seasons exhibition with Bankfield Museum Curator Eli Dawson.

Thursday 15th June.
1pm – 3pm.

£10 per ticket. Book online here.

Monday is Washday

Join our History Wardrobe presentation linked to the Opening the Wardrobe exhibition at Bankfield Museum.

The second evening event is ‘Monday is Washday’, a hilarious new show featuring pinnies, poshers and washtubs galore, as the Two Lucy’s plunge into the suds and stains of historical laundry and discover how to get your toga, petticoats or collars white-than-white!

Saturday 24th June.
Doors: 6.30pm. Start: 7.30pm.

£20 per ticket. Book online here.

Opening the Wardrobe
Open now in the Fashion Gallery at Bankfield Museum. A unique exhibition celebrating women’s clothes and the stories they tell. This exclusive exhibition features highlights from the private collection of dress historian Lucy Adlington. Lucy runs the History Wardrobe series of costume-in-context presentations, combining history, fashion and tons of fun. The collection spans over 250 years of design, making, wearing and sharing. Whether ‘glad rags’ or just rags, this exhibition celebrates the way clothes hold powerful memories and link us across generations.

A Hat for All Seasons

Open now in the Link Gallery at Bankfield Museum.Celebrating all things hats! This new exhibition examines the style, function, and symbolism of headwear in British society.Showcasing highlights from the Museum collection and contemporary examples from Yorkshire milliners, the exhibition traces the evolution of the hat from the bonnet and topper of the Nineteenth Century to Royal Ascot and catwalk showstoppers of the present day.

Highlights from the Smith Collection
Open now at Smith Art Gallery, Brighouse.Both galleries at the Smith Art Gallery in Brighouse will showcase highlights of the art collection of William and Susannah Smith.

Alderman William Smith (1839-1922), who was Mayor of Brighouse from 1893-1895 and 1904-1907, and his wife Susannah (1838-1916) began collecting paintings in the 1870s from exhibitions around the UK. These paintings were representative of the time, with the late Victorian period focussing mainly on well-executed portraits, landscapes, and vignettes. The couple bequeathed their collection, and the Smith Art Gallery, to the people of Brighouse in 1907.

The collection is looked after by Calderdale Museums Service and has been displayed and stored at Smith Art Gallery and other museum sites since 1974 when the collection came under the remit of Calderdale Council. This exhibition displays a wide range of the artworks, along with information about the Smiths, their art collecting and philanthropy.

Click here to view Calderdale Museums’ 2023 Exhibitions and Events