Video: Meet the experts behind the Piece Hall development

Artist impression of the Piece Hall
Artist impression of the Piece Hall

Calderdale Council is teaming up with GRAHAM Construction to host a series of free public talks focused on the Piece Hall transformation project and new Central Library and Archive.

A number of speakers with expertise ranging from osteoarchaeology to stonemasonry and major events planning will provide fascinating insights into the historical content and future of the Piece Hall and new library.

Leader of Calderdale Council, Councillor Tim Swift: “I am very much looking forward to hearing from these experts about their work ‘behind the scenes’ on the Piece Hall and new Library and Archive projects.

“Their expertise and different contributions are crucial in ensuring that Halifax’s heritage is conserved and championed, while we are creating a truly exciting town centre fit for generations to come.”

The four talks will take place during February, March, April and May as evening events (5.30pm – 7.30pm) at Halifax Central Library and the Council Chamber at Halifax Town Hall.

The regeneration of the Piece Hall, a Grade I listed building, is well underway and will re-open this summer as a major attraction for Yorkshire.

The Piece Hall transformation project is funded by Calderdale Council with a £7 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund making this heritage regeneration achievable.

The Meet the Experts programme is: Tuesday February 23 2016 – The Archaeological Dig and the Osteoarchaeological Investigations for the Piece Hall Transformation – featuring David Williams, West Yorkshire Archaeological Services(ASWYAS); Malin Holst, York Osteoarchaeology Ltd / University of York and Katie Keefe, York Osteoarchaeology Ltd.

Wednesday March 23 – The Design of the Piece Hall Transformation and the New Library and Archive – featuring Emma Rose Berry and Dermot Patterson of LDN Architects.

Wednesday April 20 – Halifax Piece Hall and environs: an historical perspective, and an exploration of the stonemasonry restoration – featuring Dr John A Hargreaves, historian and author and Tony Ewings, expert stonemason from Stone Edge Ltd.

Thursday May 19 – The Piece Hall – Looking to the Future – featuring Sam Mason, Chief Executive of the Piece Hall Trust and members of his team.

Places must be booked in advance through Eventbrite ( – go to Piece Hall events.