Our temporary exhibition area is currently closed for refurbishment. Our skilful volunteers are working hard to develop a gallery dedicated to temporary exhibitions. The new gallery will give us space to display many smaller objects held in our collections which are, at present, not on view. It will also allow us to show the work of local artists, photographers and craftspeople. It will be equipped with audio/visual, improved lighting, and purpose-built shelving. Exhibitions will typically run for three months.
The first is scheduled to open at the beginning of October 2021. This new development is being partially funded through a generous grant from Museum Development Yorkshire. However, CIMA will need to make up the balance from its own funds. If you would like to contribute to this exciting development, your donations would be most gratefully received.
We do however, still have the Laura Annie Willson and Terry Sutton exhibitions on display in the museum. Please see the information below for further details.
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.