CALDERDALE INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM 

HALIFAX STEAMPUNK WEEKEND CANCELLED

We would like to provide an update on our current position.

Calderdale Industrial Museum was due to be our October market and we have been advised that their H&S guy is putting together a plan for them to reopen to the public mid-September in time for the Heritage Open days. Their words are “We will only have been open for three weeks by 3rd October and I think we’re going to need longer to get our act together... we’ve been overtaken by a pandemic and we have to plan carefully how we come out of it. For example, we don’t even know how many of our aged (and vulnerable!) volunteers are going to be up for re-opening fully in September, and without them, there’s no show."

Meanwhile, social distancing will result in a large reduction in the number of traders and customers which can be accommodated safely at any given event. This is likely to reduce the variety of products on offer and limit the sales of those which are available to a potentially uneconomical level for those selling them.

Most of the venues we operate in are simply not designed to accommodate even a “mitigated social distance” of one metre plus – the local authority I must comply with for Leeds, for example, has actually stipulated this must remain two metres for market trading events.
We are also mindful that “social gatherings of more than 30 people will continue to be illegal” from 4th July (except in some specific circumstances – it’s unclear whether an event such as LSM comes under that and with whom the responsibility would lie with – ourselves or the building operator in achieving “Covid Safe” status).

From a personal perspective we have no wish to contract nor be responsible for distributing any illnesses (whether directly or indirectly) – think how often an outbreak of “brass lung” happens after a large event - then consider the implications of this being Covid19 rather than the normal colds and bugs.

In summary we feel it would be cavalier and irresponsible to persist with event plans unless there is a significant change in the situation soon. With this in mind, we are provisionally keeping December at Leeds Industrial Museum in place and hoping that things improve enough to be viable to run for everyone involved closer to the time.

Our abnormal operations will of course be back – the sooner the better - but only when we are confident in it being safe for everyone to participate and making it a “splendid” and fully functional event when it can be done properly.

Jo
8th July 2020.


ABOUT THE MUSEUM

The Museum houses a collection of industrial machinery and artifacts over four floors. Some of the machines are the only surviving examples in the country and have been placed in settings to give a close representation to the time when they were fully operational in the not too distant past.

Down in the basement, the oil engine ‘Sadie’ provides motive power for part of an extensive collection of locally-manufactured machine tools, including lathes, drills and planers. You can take in the experience of nineteenth century Mytholm Coal Mine, learn about stone extraction and the exploitation of clay in the fireclay industries.

The Power Gallery on the ground floor 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 local industry.

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.
There's lots of interesting informative demonstrations happening on the four floors as well.

Following the success of last year's market and further fundraising by the team, the top floor is now in the process of being renovated and is already looking very different to last year's event here. The objective is to develop and present the story of how worsted cloth is manufactured from sheep’s wool. 

I found this to be a lovely museum with  and an amazing collection of traders here last time - thanks to all of you that came along in 2018 to make this possible!

The Museum is operated by the Calderdale Industrial Museum Association (CIMA). a registered charity and dedicated group of enthusiastic volunteers.

A great opportunity to witness the rise of the Industrial Revolution in the Calder Valley!

HOW TO GET THERE

RAIL – Halifax station is 200 yards walk. 

BUS – Halifax bus station has links to all nearby towns and cities. A short walk through the shopping centre and the Piece Hall will take you to Calderdale Industrial Museum, just outside the new East Gate of the Piece Hall.

CAR – The museum address is Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG. There is no dedicated parking for the museum but on-street, pay-and-display parking is available close by and there are several pay-and-display carparks near the Minster to the north east.
The Eureka Museum car park is closest but is 4 Hours £3.00, 12 Hours £6.00
Go back up Square Road, turn right into King Street. Just a few minutes further to walk but the council car park there is open Mon - Sat 08:00 - 18:00 and only charges 1 Hour £0.50, 2 Hours £1.00, 3 Hours £1.50, 4 Hours £2.00, 5 Hours £2.50, 6 Hours £3.00, 7 Hours £3.50. There are no barriers and looks as it could be free on Sunday - do please check though.
The car park above the shops just to the left of the Museum and Burger King is very close. make sure you park on the upper level though so you don't get locked in.
Reasonable rates and £1 for the day on Sunday.
Please check first as details correct at time of going to press (2019).


HOTEL BOOKING 

We are delighted to have the beautiful Imperial Crown Hotel in Halifax ready to welcome our visitors.
They would like to offer 10% off their BAR rate, offering a discount off BAR ensures guests are receiving a lower rate than what they are selling on the day. Prices start from £50 for a standard double.

Bookings can be made via telephone with their reception team on 01422 342342.

The Imperial Crown Hotel was built in the early 1800’s as a Coaching Inn and is located directly opposite Halifax Railway station and next door to the Piece Hall. 
The hotel offers complimentary parking for residents (subject to availability) which is located opposite the hotel, please note a permit is required from reception. Check-in is from 2pm daily with checkout at 11am. Guests can enjoy a hearty breakfast within their restaurant, freshly prepared by their team. They boast their own bar which is available 24 hours to their residents, offering a range of beverages, a great place to relax or meet with friends. Each room comes with free WiFi, en-suite facilities, TV with Freeview channels, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities are also provided. Upgraded bedrooms are available at a supplement cost, subject to availability. 
The hotel has 41 bedrooms over 5 floors although unfortunately there are no ground floor rooms or a lift due to the age and layout of the building.

The Imperial Crown Hotel, 42-46 Horton Street, Halifax, HX1 1QE.

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