Suffragette Walk March 8th for International Women’s Day 2022

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Halifax Central Initiative would like to invite the women of Calderdale to celebrate International Women’s Day with a heritage walk, dedicated to the Suffragettes of Halifax.



Follow in the footsteps of these pioneering women, led by local historian David Glover.

The walk starts at Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre, HX1 5PG at 11am and it lasts approximately 2 hours.


For more information and to book, contact:
Shebana Sadiq – shebana.sadiq@calderdale.gov.uk
01422 365948

Cultural Events and talks by Calderdale Heritage Walks

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As well as their local history inspired walks, the Calderdale Heritage Walks group are hosting a series of talks and cultural events around Halifax.

Please note face masks may well be essential at these events

Talk evenings with David Glover
Illustrated Historical Talks Wednesdays @ Grayston Unity at 8:15pm

£5.00 entry + service fee – Advance Booking only via https://www.seetickets.com/search?q=grayston


The story of Halifax Zoo and Amusement Park by David Glover
Illustrated Halifax Antiquarian Society Lecture
Tuesday 18th January – 7.30pm
At the Graygill Rooms, Halifax Piece Hall

Entry via donation on door

Just over 100 years ago, Halifax had a Zoo. Opened in 1909, this early “theme park” at Chevinedge housed many wild animals, yet also had other attractions – the first cinema in Halifax, a roller-coaster, and a miniature railway. Tales abound of special events, including balloon flights and an early aeroplane display in the skies above. Then there was the meandering bear!

Calderdale Heritage Walks

For the Calderdale Heritage Walks, view the full Winter schedule on the Calderdale Heritage Walks website

Because of Covid, and more limited numbers, Walks must be paid for and prebooked via https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/calderdale-heritage-walks

Upcoming walks highlights – Full walk details here

  • January 19th – Some Calderdale Murders – 1858-1957
    From the Wadsworth Moor murder of 1858, through to the tragic killing of Emily Pye in Gibbet Street, Halifax, in 1957; looking at six different tragedies, and how they were investigated.
  • Sunday 23rd January 2022 – Lost Churches and Chapels of Halifax
    And there were many! We visit the sites of over twenty; a few remain, given new uses. From Square Congregational Chapel and Church, we move to the sites of vanished buildings.
  • February 16th – More Calderdale Murders – 1556-1964
    Who killed Holdsworth, Vicar of Halifax in his home? Why was the Excise Collector slain in Savile Park Road? Who went mad and killed his boss in the newspaper office?


For more information visit Calderdale Heritage Walks

Celebrate the anniversary of Elland being granted a Royal Charter

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To celebrate the 700 year anniversary of Elland being granted a Royal Charter, St Mary’s Church is holding a special Celebration Weekend from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 February 2017.

Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February – 10am to 3pm
The church will be open to visitors to look around the oldest building in Elland.

Saturday 25 February – 2pm
There will be a history talk giving a unique insight into the history of the church

Sunday 26 February – 4pm
Come along and join a special service led by the Bishop of Leeds

At The Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Elland, HX5 0RU

History Wardrobe at Bankfield Museum – Gothic for Girls

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HisGothic for Girls by History Wardrobetory Wardrobe presents – Gothic for Girls. All the dark drama of black in fashion, and the best of British supernatural stories.

Saturday 29 October 2016 – 1.30pm
At Bankfield Museum, Boothtown Rd, HX3 6HG

With shiveringly beautiful costumes and readings from Jane Austen, the Brontës, Mary Shelley, Mrs Radcliffe… coming right up to date with The Woman in Black.

Costs just £10 per person which includes refreshments… Book online now

History classes in Calderdale

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WEA LogoWEA LogoGet involved with history classes in Calderdale covering topics such as Industrial history & heritage of Yorkshire, Victorian Explorers, Family History and more.

Starting autumn and winter terms in Halifax or Hebden Bridge.

Fees are £20 to £70.88 depending on the length of course you choose and if you receive certain benefits you may be entitled to a FREE course.

You can enrol online at enrolonline.wea.org.uk or telephone 01422 822342.