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.
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.
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.
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.
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.