Industrial museum opens its doors again

John Crossley and Co carpet loom
John Crossley and Co carpet loom

THE public will next month visit the Calderdale Industrial Museum for the first time in more than 10 years.

Guided tours will show people the district’s rich heritage and the temporary reopening is seen as a major step forward.

It is hoped the building, at Square Road, Halifax, will eventually be back into full use.

And re-opening would complement plans for the multi-million pound redevelopment of the Piece Hall. The Calderdale Industrial Museum Association was formed last year with the aim of reopening the museum and it has the support of Calderdale Council.

The collection, including a spinning jenny which is one of only three of its kind in the world, are among many exhibits which have been mothballed.

Association chairman Lyndon Shearman said: “People have said to me they never thought this day would come, and special thanks are due to our volunteers and council offices who have helped to make this happen.

“This is a significant step. It is hoped to hold a further public event in September.”

Visitors are asked to book in advance for the tours on Saturday, June 9, from 10 am to 3.30 pm.

Mr Shearman said it was a significant date as it was on that day in 1848 when Halifax Corporation was incorporated and also the date in 1898 when the first tram ran in Halifax.

It is hoped a visiting steam engine, 150-year-old “Little Dragon” will be present and there will be demonstrations of hand spinning and knitting.

To book a place contact Tim Kirker on 01422 823966.