History will come alive as hidden gems open doors

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History will come alive this weekend as some of Halifax’s most important historical buildings will be opening their doors to the public.

Running from today (Friday) until Sunday, the Halifax Heritage Festival will give festival-goers free entry to a range of heritage sites in and around the town, including Halifax Minster, Halifax Town Hall, Halifax Playhouse, Victoria Theatre, Square Chapel and the Industrial Museum.

Halifax Heritage Festival chair, the Reverend Canon Hilary Barber, said: “Halifax is a town filled with glorious heritage sites and is steeped in history, what better way to celebrate than with the brand new Halifax Heritage Festival showcasing what the buildings have to offer.”

The majority of sites included in the Halifax Heritage Festival which will be open to the public are within two miles of the town centre, includng Shibden Hall, Dean Clough, All Souls Church Haley Hill, Wainhouse Tower, People’s Park, Crossley Heath School, and Lister Lane Cemetery.

Each heritage site will be showcasing some unusual, unheard of, and interesting events and activities throughout the four day festival.

There will be world renowned historian guest speakers, celebrated authors, hidden secret gems of Halifax, town centre walking tours, children’s heritage trails, gaols, screenings of rare films capturing the sights of historic Halifax and stories from the past.

There will also be a number of rare books which are being transferred from a vault at York University to be unveiled during the festival.

It’s a weekend for anyone with an interest in the heritage of Halifax and runs until September 14.