Bankfield Museum, Halifax

A hidden gem located close to Halifax city centre, Bankfield museum is housed in an imposing Victorian Mansion and set in the attractive surroundings of Akroyd Park.

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Steeped in history, Bankfield has been a working museum for over a hundred years and includes various exhibits dating from the prehistoric age, right up to modern times. Not surprisingly due to the area, it also includes an internationally significant collection of costumes and textiles.

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IMAGE © TEXTILESTUDYGROUP.CO.UK

Previously, the mansion was the home of local mill owner, philanthropist and MP, Colonel Edward Akroyd. But now has exhibitions covering an array of themes, including local history, costume, art, toys, military history, jewellery and textiles from around the world.

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IMAGE © TEXTILESTUDYGROUP.CO.UK

To coincide with the upcoming Tour de France passing through Yorkshire, the museum is hosting a new Exhibition called A century of cycling.

Charting the history of cycling, the exhibition features everything from Penny Farthings to contemporary carbon fibre bikes; developments in clothing from Lycra to Edwardian tweed, and interactive activities for children.

A century of cycling run up until the 1st August.

Admission:

Free

Opening times: 

Mon: Closed

Tue - Sat: 10:00-16:00

Sun: Closed

Variations to opening times: 

Bank holiday Monday: 10:00-16:00