International Day of Friendship: Day Out to Bankfield Museum Halifax

Tue 30 Jul, 2019
This post was written by squarechapel

For this year’s International Day of Friendship on the 30th July the marketing team here at Square Chapel Arts Centre decided to go out and visit our local Cultural Destination friend over at Bankfield Museum in Halifax. We had all previously visited a year or two ago but have been meaning to pop along to see all the new exciting exhibits, including one about Halifax’s most famous resident, the Gentleman Jack TV costumes.

Bankfield which is located on the hill behind Dean Clough Mills, is such an impressive Victorian mansion set within its own grounds and has been a museum since 1887. It use to be the home of a local, clearly quite wealthy, mill owner Colonel Edward Akroyd. Now it is bursting with lots of local history including art, toys, textiles and military history.

Gentleman Jack Costumes

We followed the trail of visitors and headed straight to the Gentleman Jack exhibit which houses the costumes designed by Tom Pye for the TV series Gentleman Jack, created by our patron Sally Wainwright. The exhibit was nicely designed with lots of costumes fitting into such a grand Victorian parlour room. Was lovely to see the design and workmanship which went into each costume.

Military Museum

We continued our tour through to the Duke Of Wellington’s Regimental Museum which contains over 300 years of military history from the regiment, with lots of artefacts, battle maps and uniforms. With Alec and Sofia  modelling the interactive media below.

The museum’s grand interiors holds so much of Halifax’s history including the infamous gibbet from the town’s old gibbet.Which  thankfully is now no longer in use!

We felt quite grand as we swept up the wide Victorian staircase and when we stumbled upon the Dressing Up room our faces lit up with glee! We had a bit too much fun trying on all the hats and coats, and thankfully we had another visitor offer to take a snap of us!

We loved our afternoon trip to such a fantastic local asset. We highly recommend a visit especially if you are a fan of Gentleman Jack! Plus, be sure to check out the gift shop, lots of goodies for fans! Written by Lauretta  Langham-Lopez,  Marketing  Officer




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