Bankfield Museum

Bankfield Museum
Boothtown Road Halifax  HX3 6HG

Opening Times:

Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm

Sundays 1- 4pm

Bank Holiday Mondays

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Bankfield Museum is housed in a magnificent Victorian mansion, which belonged to Edward Akroyd, the largest woollen manufacturer in Britain. Bankfield became a museum in 1887, retaining many original architectural features. It is now home to an internationally important collection of textiles and costumes from around the world as well as fascinating collections of toys, contemporary crafts and multicultural artefacts. The site is also host to the Duke of Wellington’s Regimental Museum, which traces the history of the regiment from its origins to the present day. In addition the museum hosts an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions.

Contact Details:
Telephone: 01422 352334 Fax: 01422 349020 Email:

Learning Programmes:

Churchill’s Children

Key Stage 2

History Unit 9: What was life like for children in the Second World War?

Through role-play your class will find out what it was like to be evacuated during World War II in this character-led workshop. Pupils will have the opportunity to handle a variety of original wartime artefacts, play with wartime toys, try on 1940’s clothing and learn a 1940’s song and dance. The activities will focus on all aspects of the Home Front including blackout, air raids, leisure time and rationing.

Old Toys

Key Stage 1 & 2

History Unit 1: How are our toys different from those in the past?

Your class will become history detectives and discover more about old toys dating from the 1940s to the 1970s. Looking at materials, condition and design, pupils will be able to compare these with our collection of contemporary toys. Drawing inspiration from our Toy Gallery, they will then create their own miniature museums displaying their favourite toys.

Garments & Games

Key Stage 1 & 2

History Unit 11: What was life like for children living in Victorian Britain?

This workshop encourages pupils to compare and contrast childhood during the Victorian period with growing up today. Your class will use their speaking and listening skills and take part in a series of hands-on activities. These include dressing up in period costume, comparing clothes worn by rich and poor children from the 19th Century and playing with traditional Victorian toys.

Miniature Museums

Key Stage 2


This fascinating workshop explores how a museum works. Your class will learn how we select, care for, interpret and display our collections. With help from museum staff, pupils will explore the treasures of Bankfield, learn about conservation and have the chance to create their own miniature museums. You may wish to extend this work by creating your own museum at school which could, by arrangement, be displayed at a later date in one of our galleries.


Key Stage 1 & 2

Art and Design Unit 1B: Investigating Materials

Pupils will explore weaving techniques using carding, spinning and simple looms to create textiles with natural and man-made materials. They will also explore the stunning textile collections on display, handle museum objects and complete a museum trail.

Costume and textiles, Military and local history

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