The Museum is supporting this year’s Heritage Open Days’ theme of Edible England.
In celebration of the theme they are looking at traditional ‘Yorkshire Fayre’ with samples home made by their 70 plus team of volunteers, ranging from ‘Fly Pie’ to Yorkshire oat cakes.
Local company, Suma will be present to talk about their products and display their produce. They will be exhibiting organic and whole foods for people to taste.
New Queens award for museum
The museum recently earned the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and was re-opened after lockdown solely due to the efforts of the volunteers; it is run on a day-to-day basis by over 75 regulars who have successfully brought the museum back to life. They continue to develop the building and its remarkable collection.
They are also supported by local industry, business and education, all playing a part in helping to bring alive the area’s heritage. As a result of people’s interest and the hands-on demonstrations throughout the museum, they have achieved the accolade of reaching the number one spot on Tripadvisor.
Work is ongoing to bring the museum back to its former glory, including refurbishing exhibits, building work and the development of their support to education. Gathered together over a number of years this special collection represents a wide cross-section of industry that operated in and around Calderdale. This unique museum houses static and fully-working original machines, together with many special and rare artefacts relating to the industrial heritage of Calderdale.
The collection covers the last 250 years from the Industrial Revolution. Some of the machines are the only surviving examples in the country and have been placed in settings which try to reflect a close representation of the time when they were fully operational. Several machines are in working order and, where possible, will be demonstrated for short periods during opening hours. We have a working waterwheel, demonstrations of sock-making and an operational Robson Engine which runs periodically throughout our open days – beware it is rather loud!!
If you are interested in joining the team, whatever skill or expertise you have, they need you; and however much time you can give they can use it. Some of their volunteers support by ‘working from home’. If you are interested in joining them email firstname.lastname@example.org
Heritage Festival Event Times
Saturday 11th September: 10am to 4pm, last entry at 3pm
Sunday 12th September: 10am to 4pm, last entry at 3pm
COVID -19 Considerations
The museum runs in line with local and national government guidelines.