Friday, 24 December 2021

Bankfield Museum, Halifax

A small set of pictures taken in November 2014 using a Samsung Galaxy Tablet. Bankfield Museum is a Grad II listed former house which was once owned by Edward Akroyd MP. The house was purchased by the Halifax Corporation in 1887 and became a museum and library soon afterwards, being listed as Grade II in 1954.

The buildings are set in the park of Akroyden and overlooked by All Souls Church. The displays include, local history, textiles, art, toys and jewellery and throughout the year features a changing set of temporary displays. The building is also home to the Duke of Wellington Regimental Museum. It is free to enter and open Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00 - 16.00. The is also a car park and the building is set in the grounds of Akroyden Park to pass the time.

There are a total of 10 pictures which can be seen below or on Clickasnap where they are full resolution and un-watermarked.

This painting can be seen covering the ceiling just inside the
main entrance.

Bankfield Museum from the car park.

Bankfield from Akroyden Park

Duke of Wellingtons Regiment uniform from the Crimean War

The fireplace in the library with textile displays in the cabinets. The 
marble busts are life size and from left to right are Edward Akroyd, his father
Jonathan and then his wife Elizabeth.

The house chapel

This was on display in the regimental museum and was given to coalition
forces during the 2003 invasion of Iraq to help identify the most wanted members
of the Iraqi government.

The library ceiling which features images of William Shakespeare, John Milton, Alfred
Tennyson and Geoffrey Chaucer all poets admired in the era the roof was painted. When I
visited, a fellow admirer told me that the local council once had a plan to
paint over the ceiling. What an act of vandalism that would have been had it come to pass.


Another view of the library.

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