Calderdale Industrial Museum

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Calderdale Industrial Museum

Calderdale Industrial Museum
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Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
A museum showing the development of industry in Halifax and Calderdale from domestic textile manufacture in the seventeenth century through to modern machine tools. The museum is located in the centre of Halifax, five minutes from the train station and Eureka! It is unusual in covering such a wide range of industries in one museum.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Jonathan
Nottingham, UK1 contribution
Hidden Gem in the heart of Halifax
Jun 2021 • Family
A little gem of a museum, right next to the Piece Hall. Staffed by volunteers who provide expert insight into the exhibits. Nothing beats working machinery, the smell and the noise to inspire the next generation.
Written 26 July 2021
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jeremy t
Halifax, UK13 contributions
Excellent museum
Jul 2021
Excellent small museum - well worth a couple of hours.Lot’s of informative volunteer staff on hand.Tons of local industrial history to view.
Written 17 July 2021
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Anna B
Holmfirth, UK3 contributions
Absolutely amazing
Sep 2020 • Couples
This was our first visit, and it will be the first of many more! The volunteers were lovely and very knowledgeable about the machines. We didn’t expect the machines to be working so it was a nice surprise when they were. I would highly recommend visiting the museum, it’s incredibly interesting and the volunteers make it a special experience.
Written 19 September 2020
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tkota
Madeley, UK130 contributions
Volunteers All.
Mar 2020 • Friends
Run by enthusiastic and informative volunteers. Loads of information on printing, wire works. Old lathes, drills, sock knitting, and more. We also had an enjoyable lunch of home made soup and sandwiches. GOSH I nearly forgot the ‘Quality Street’ which originated in the town, and the amazing sweet wrapping machine. Super ‘day’ out.
Written 13 March 2020
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Cynthia D
Stoke-on-Trent, UK24 contributions
Almost too good!
Mar 2020
This amazing museum is run by volunteers, loads of them. We had a tour and there were people taking us round. There were more volunteers at the machines, demonstrating how they worked - printing machines, sock knitting machines, carpet weaving looms, sweet wrapping for Quality Street made in Halifax, so much to see.
Written 12 March 2020
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Robert W
Halifax, UK104 contributions
Private party visit
Mar 2020
This visit was organised by the local trefoil Guild (Guiding) and husbands were also invited to come alomg.
we were split into 3 smaller groups of 7 or 6.
Our tour guide was Stewart, who was excellent. full of lots of information about:
History of the museum
The various roles of the volunteers
Description of the exhibits and how they fitted into the local economic and social history.
Demonstreation of how some of the mechanical exhibits worked.
He was enthusiastic and explained the workings of the machines in a clear manner without using jargon.
Overall he contributed to a excellent experience.
My expectations were exceeded!
Written 10 March 2020
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mark b
Halifax, UK132 contributions
well worth a visit
Dec 2019
so much to see here and learn about halifax and its industrial and manufacturing past. friendly volunteers are willing to give out information on what is on show. very interesting for young and old.
Written 24 February 2020
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1983Laura2013
Halifax, UK31 contributions
Fantastic place
Feb 2020 • Family
I have lived in Halifax all my life and have never been until now. What a fantastic place and what fantastic staff that give you so much information and are so helpful, unfortunately the top floor was closed so we could not go up there so I am going to have to go back and find out what is up there. It's just one amazing place
Written 23 February 2020
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Laura - many thanks for the 5* review. We're sorry you didn't get to see the top floor but this is not currently open to the public. Our volunteers took over running the museum around three years ago, after it had been boarded up for 17 years. Of the four floors, the top was in by far the worst state, with displays dismantled and many machines moved into storage. We are now working up there to create two major display areas, telling the story of wool manufacture in Calderdale - the first looking at the domestic, pre-industrial processes, in use when the Piece Hall was built, and the second demonstrating the mechanised world of the early twentieth century. We have many hours of work to do, and funds to raise, but come back in a few months to see how we are getting on . . .
Written 24 February 2020
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Chris
Halifax, UK16 contributions
Well worth a visit.
Feb 2020
Although I come from Halifax this is the first time I’ve visited the industrial museum. What a great place to visit. The museum is over three floors. On each level there are very knowledgable volunteer guides who are ready to provide you with information and give demonstrations. Visit their website for further information on the displays on each floor.
For those of a certain age, memories of “yesteryear” come flooding back. We were there for 3 hours but could have done with another hour.
There is a small cafe at the museum. Well done to all the volunteers who are putting in their time and skills to make this fantastic place to visit.

NB. It’s only open on a Saturday.
Written 15 February 2020
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Lucas12898989898967
Halifax, UK13 contributions
Good value
Oct 2019
This place is run purely by volunteers so it is only open on certain days of the year usually on weekends , but is well worth a visit . It concentrates on woolen industry with an area on mackintoshes the sweet firm in Halifax witch is now owned by nestle,it is very reasonable priced and has small cafe which serves holme backed cakes
Written 11 February 2020
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Many thanks for the positive review but I must clarify that we are open every Saturday - not just on 'certain days'. We are working to increase the number of openings but, every time we open, we need around fifteen volunteers to give up a day pf their time. The good news is that our volunteer numbers are growing . . . Over Easter we will be open on Thursday 9 April and Tuesday 14 April, as well as Easter Saturday.
Written 14 February 2020
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Calderdale Industrial Museum is open:
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