Exhibitions and Events at the museum

Tapestry Weaving Exhibition


The Halifax Square Route Weavers are a group of women who all attended tapestry weaving classes held at the Square Chapel Arts Centre at some point over the last 20 years. They have exhibited in the UK and beyond, but sadly, when funding for this Community Outreach programme ended, so too did the classes. Not to be daunted, many of them decided to continue their craft (albeit without a tutor) and were very pleased to be offered space to meet at the Industrial Museum. This is their first exhibition in their new home.

There will be displays showing how to warp up a frame; the tools of the trade; samples demonstrating a range of different techniques; and some non-tapestry woven items, all made by members of the group. They will be offering a ‘Taste of Tapestry’ for people to have a go themselves in July.

As well as the 30 individual works on display, the group is also showcasing their collaborative project called ‘Piece Works’ which was warmly received at the Fabric of the North exhibition held at Kirkleatham museum from October 2020 to December 2021.

The exhibition is in the new Terry Sutton Gallery on the first floor and small weavings will be for sale in the shop – with all proceeds being donated to the museum. We hope you enjoy our exhibition!




Laura Annie Willson MBE – Suffragette, Builder, Engineer

One our current exhibitions portrays the life of Laura Annie Willson, an extraordinary Halifax woman who rose from obscurity in the early twentieth century and then disappeared from view after her death in the 1940s.  Before WW1 she became a prominent suffragette in Halifax, and was imprisoned twice. During the war, she was instrumental in getting women into factories to help the war effort. She set up one of the first works canteens in the engineering firm she ran with her husband [Willson Lathes], which became a model for others. She was awarded the MBE for her efforts. After the war she was a founder member of the Women’s Engineering Society, later its President, and later set up an electrical engineering company to get the new power source into more rural areas. If that was not enough, she decided something needed to be done about the poor housing stock available for working people, so she became a house builder.  There are still four housing estates dotted across Halifax which she designed and built.


Yorkshire through Lens and Brush

– A Respective of Photographs and Artwork by Terry Sutton

Terry Sutton has been capturing the changing lives and scenery of West Yorkshire for more than sixty years. We are delighted to present a retrospective of his vast output of photographs, sketches and paintings. In the 1970’s he began a series of illustrations based on photographs of the relentlessly changing industrial landscapes of what was once the “industrial West Riding”. Cinemas, chapels, railway stations, warehouses, mills and other buildings were abandoned and left for years to fall into dereliction. To many, these once important servants of our communities became eyesores, for Terry, the textures, colours and strange beauty provided inspiration for his first book, Yesterday’s Yorkshire – A Celebration of the Industrial West Riding published in 2001. His second book  Hard Graft – Yorkshire at Work pays tribute to Yorkshire’s rich heritage of craftmanship and industrial achievement.

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