New ceramics in the museum shop
We are delighted that here at Calderdale Industrial Museum we are able to bring you the beautiful, yet functional ceramics from local potter Anne Cahill in our shop. Anne is based in Calderdale, currently at Brier Hey Studios in Mytholmroyd. Her work is largely functional and wheel-thrown. She mixes her own glazes and fires to stoneware temperatures using wood, gas or an electric kiln.
We are currently recruiting volunteers for Calderdale Industrial Museum. We need volunteers to work in a wide range of roles. These include weekend guides to show visitors around, volunteers to help in the cafe and on reception, volunteers to help maintain and restore our exhibits, researchers to find out more about our collection and volunteers who can help with marketing, school visits and exhibitions.
You will be part of a great team if you join us. We hold regular social events, including trips and talks. No two days are ever the same!
New ceramics and weavings in the museum shop
3D scanning technology workshop
Some of the wonderful volunteers at Calderdale Industrial Museum were treated to a fascinating workshop on 3D scanning technology today run Yuan Gao. Yuan is PhD student at Leeds University and is carrying out research on the role of sound in online museums, and wants to produce 3D models and audio recordings of industrial machines.
The museum has been working with Yuan and hopes to include her 3D models and sound materials on our website. The museum and it’s volunteers are definitely aiming to keep up to date with 21st century technology!
Here are some of our amazing volunteers being taught how to make socks on our sock knitting machines by our experts !
Moquette and Wilton loom update – July 2023
Moquette loom update – June 2023
Regular visitors to Calderdale industrial Museum will have noticed work being done on one of our star exhibits, the Moquette loom. One of our fabulous volunteers – Keith has been getting the loom ready to weave again. He has tied in the first warp, and is now pulling it through. This is a very fiddley job, especially as he has been doing much of the knotting
Welcome to Breastfeed – Calderdale award scheme
Party time !
A fabulous time was had by all when one of our wonderful volunteer directors, Daryl Capper celebrated his special birthday at the museum. Amazing live music was provided by Aziz Ibrahim, the talent behind Longsight M13, much dancing was done to music played by Daryl’s DJ son and lots of food and drink was consumed ! We are always looking for new volunteers to join our jolly crew, so if you are interested, please contact the museum.
As Coronation fever sweeps the nation, it is interesting to see some of the items that were produced by our local confectionary manufacturer Mackintosh’s in Halifax for distribution throughout the country for previous coronations. If you would like to find out more about Mackintosh’s and Quality Street please visit the museum. We are usually open every Saturday and on Thursdays in the school holidays. However we will be CLOSED on Saturday 6th May for the Coronation, and will be open on the Bank Holiday 8th May instead. We are open 10am to 4pm.
Anne Lister Birthday Week highlights in the museum
One of the highlights of April 2023 in the museum was our involvement with the Anne Lister Birthday Week celebrations. We were delighted to host several events, including an Anne Lister Society Open Reception with founders Sally Wainwright, Pat Esgate, and Laurie Shannon, and also ALBW Live with Pat Esgate and Jill Liddington. We were also very pleased to have Helena Whitbread back in the building following her fantastic talk here last year, and also welcomed a visit from Barry Rutter.
Work on the museums Wrigley three wheel truck nears completion
The museum owns a Wrigley three-wheel light industrial truck donated as a restoration project by Bradshaw farmer Matthew Wilkinson in 2019.
It is a rare Wrigley model 332 made by Wessex industries in Poole, Dorset between July and August 1957, and is powered by a Villiers Mk 25 stationary engine which runs at a constant speed of about 2500 rpm. Road speed is changed through the gearbox, which should give speeds of 1, 2 and 6 mph. We think it was originally used by Marshall Stone Quarries in Southowram and later by Matthew Wilkinson to get to the pub !
It is now nearing the end of its restoration, and as can be seen from the photo of the truck when we got it, this was a major piece of work. Initially stripped down in one of our volunteers’ garage and then brought to the museum for restoration, many parts of the truck were missing or too corroded to use. The wheels and brakes were completely rebuilt, the chassis stripped and painted, the gearbox dismantled and reassembled, the engine stripped, given a bore, new piston and crankshaft regrind.
A difficulty has been sourcing and identifying the correct parts. An example is that we couldn’t obtain new brake springs and had to learn how to make springs from scratch.
The truck is now nearing completion. The engine is not yet running at full speed, the gearbox needs testing and panels are to be attached to the truck bed. After this it remains to tax it for road use. When complete the truck will be used to promote the museum at local events such as the Halifax Show.
Rally of Resistance
Barbara the sheep !
Machine moving day !
Early Textiles now open
We are delighted to announce that the Early Textiles section of the museum is now open on the top floor of the museum. Visit our 18th century weavers cottage and learn how textiles were made before industrialisation.
The exhibits illustrate the progress of the local textile industry during the period from the early to mid-eighteenth century when the local clothiers were rapidly introducing worsted goods into the area, through to the first adoption of the power loom around 1830. Many of the machines on display were originally invented for use in the cotton industry and were later able to be modified for use, first in making worsted goods and later for woollen production.
The typical eighteenth-century local weaver would not have had a farm, but depended almost entirely upon weaving, marketing his cloth through a factor or middleman rather than travelling to the cloth hall as his predecessors had done.
Wool textiles were probably being made in Calderdale soon after it was first settled. The earliest surviving evidence showed the town had a thriving woollen textile industry by 1150. By the 1470s the Parish of Halifax was paying tax on more cloths than any other town in the West and East Ridings of Yorkshire. In the 1550s, Heptonstall had a woollen cloth hall and Halifax both a woollen hall and a linen hall, all three set up by the Lord of the Manor. A document of 1588 revealed that wool from the local sheep was considered too coarse to be used and was sold to ‘the men of Rochdale’; instead, most supplies were obtained from Lincolnshire, along with some of the finest wools from Craven. Worsted products were first introduced to this area in the late seventeenth century from East Anglia, augmenting existing woollen trade here and was well established by the 1720s. By the late eighteenth century, cotton spinning was another new textile process, introduced into the upper parts of the Calder and Ryburn valleys to take advantage of the availability of water power for the building of new mills. Water power was introduced for the spinning of worsted yarn in the Calder valley during the 1790s. At the start of the nineteenth century, a burgeoning carpet industry began to use jute as backing material for carpets. In 1830, Benjamin Outram succeeded in spinning and weaving alpaca fibres at his mill near Greetland, though with little financial reward. In the middle of the nineteenth century, silk began to be used in some worsted fabrics, prompting the establishment of several silk spinning mills near Hebden Bridge, Brighouse and also the Ryburn valley. During the twentieth century, numerous synthetic yarns were developed and began to be combined with, or replaced natural fibres.
Dementia Awareness Training for Museum Volunteers
Moquette items for sale in the museum shop