HLF give £98,000 funding for Bankfield Museum First World War gallery

Bankfield museum
Bankfield museum

Calderdale Council’s Museum Service has received £98,000 in funding for a new Great War Gallery to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

The will see the top floor of Bankfield Museum, Boothtown, the reigmental museum of the Duke’s Regiment, transformed into a gallery highlighting personal stories of people from Calderdale, both military and civilian, and the effect on the local area.

Work on the Great War Gallery will commence this spring and will be open to the public in summer 2014.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Coun Pauline Nash, said: “It’s great news that Bankfield Museum has received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund for this exciting exhibition. The project will help Calderdale mark this important centenary, and enable local people and visitors to find out more about the role that Calderdale played in the Great War.”

The project will explore the economic, political and social impacts of this major global event. The main exhibition will cover the key events of the war, and will be supported by a number of temporary exhibitions running from 2014 to 2018, focussing on a range of themes; from social reform and the changing role of women, to the supply of goods and changes in manufacturing.

The council says the gallery will work to include and educate young people at schools across Calderdale.