GET CLOSE TO A PART OF YOUR INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE

NOW OPEN EVERY SATURDAY 10am – 4pm

A COMPLETE COLLECTION OF INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY AND ARTIFACTS COVERING FOUR FLOORS

Gathered together over a number of years this special collection represents a wide cross section of industry that operated in and around Calderdale. Some of the machines are the only surviving examples in the country and have been placed in settings to try and re ect a close representation to the time when they were fully operational in the not too distant past.

THE BASEMENT

Down in the basement, oil engine, ‘Sadie’, provides the motive power for part of an extensive collection of locally manufactured machine tools, including lathes, drills and planers. Take in the experience of nineteenth century Mytholm Coal Mine, and learn about stone extraction and the exploitation of clay in the fireclay industries.

A quarry mans tools of the trade

A quarry mans tools of the trade

Treadle powered lathe

Experience coal mining

A quarry mans tools of the trade

CARTER & WRIGHT plate

A Robson Engine

Coal mining at the turn of the century

THE GROUND FLOOR

The Power Gallery illustrates the story of power generation, from the water wheel to the internal combustion engine, by way of steam and electricity. The availability of power, initially from the numerous well fed streams throughout Calderdale, was key to the growth of industry locally.

We are seeking grant funding to allow us to reconfigure the Power Gallery to achieve the following ends to procure new steam plant to allow the steam engines to run once again to allow better display of the internal combustion (gas and oil) engines so that hey can be demonstrated to build a small maintenance workshop where skilled staff can be seen making and repairing parts for the historic machines.

A quarry mans tools of the trade

Early beam engine

Impressive mill architecture

Horizontal single cylinder steam engine

THE FIRST FLOOR

Displays products that were made in Calderdale. World famous names such as Mackintosh’s Toffees and Crossley’s carpets were everyday brands originating in Halifax. Connect with this heritage by seeing some of the special exhibits that illustrate the workers’ lives in industrial Halifax.

A quarry mans tools of the trade

Moquette Loom

Staircase window glass of c1921

Three quarters Wilton-Brussels carpet loom

THE TOP FLOOR

This floor is still to be renovated and will be opened progressively over the next few years. The objective is to develop and present the story of how worsted cloth is manufactured from sheep’s wool. This was an essential industry based in Calderdale from medieval times, which provided the fertile grounds for the seeds of the industrial revolution to take root.

01422 384 721

Square Rd, Halifax HX1 9XX

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Opening times
Open every Saturday from 10.00am to 4.00pm - last entry 3.30pm

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