We Are West Yorkshire brings together five new exhibitions from the county’s local authority museum services in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield.
Each exhibition shines a spotlight on some of the different qualities that make West Yorkshire so unique, as well as showcasing the amazing richness and variety of our museum collections.
Until 22 Sept 2019
Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Lister Park, Bradford, BD9 4NS
See a small selection of artworks and social history items from the gallery and museum collections portraying people of Bradford, celebrating the district’s talents and inspiration. With links to glass designer Kalim Afzal and Manningham based photographer Nudrat Afza and of course, David Hockney. From innovators such as Titus Salt, Christopher Pratt and the Bronte sisters to reformists Miriam Lord, Margaret Macmillan and Richard Oastler, visit this display of Bradford’s history and talent. Its forward thinking, resilient strength and challenging inspiration, including a selection of watercolour Bradford street characters and dignitaries of the Victorian period, by John Sowden. Bradford Museums and Galleries tell the story of Bradford and its people through exhibitions, displays, education and community engagement across its four sites.
Image: Jabez Horner, fruit dealer and hawker, John Sowden, 1890.
Until 5 Oct 2019
Smith Art Gallery, Halifax Road, Brighouse, HD6 2AF
An exhibition of works from Calderdale Museums’ collections portraying West Yorkshire and by West Yorkshire artists, celebrating this region’s artistic talents and inspiring landscapes. Calderdale Museums Service is responsible for Shibden Hall and Bankfield Museum in Halifax, The Duke of Wellington’s Regimental Museum, Smith Art Gallery in Brighouse and Heptonstall Museum. They look after over 70,000 collection items from both the region and throughout the world, including artworks, costume and textiles, military and social history.
Image: Mytholmroyd and Cragg Valley from Ewood Hall, John Holland, 1869.
Opening 23 Jul 2019
Tolson Museum, Ravensknowle Park, Wakefield Road, Moldgreen, Huddersfield, HD5 8DJ
This photographic exhibition explores the lives of women during the 19th and early 20th centuries in roles as diverse as rag sorters and bomb makers. It discovers the limitations placed on women’s work and reveals the opportunities created by the First World War. Find out more about this period in our linked exhibitions: ‘Our Fight for the Voting Right!’ and ‘Huddersfield’s First World War Stories’. This exhibition draws extensively from the Kirklees Image Archive, our digitised collection of over 60,000 images. Kirklees Museums and Galleries preserve and celebrate the history and culture of Kirklees across four unique sites: Tolson Museum, Bagshaw Museum, Huddersfield Art Gallery and Oakwell Hall.
Image: Women in weaving room, 1910. From the Kirklees Image Archive collection.
Until 28 Mar 2020
Castleford Museum, Carlton Street, Castleford, WF10 1BB
Rugby League was born and bred in West Yorkshire. From its beginnings in Huddersfield in 1895 to the Super League superstars of today, celebrate over 120 years of blood, sweat and tears. This special exhibition takes a close look at the clubs within the Wakefield district, Castleford Tigers, Featherstone Rovers and Wakefield Trinity, as well as the clubs further afield in West Yorkshire. The exhibition includes fantastic rugby-related objects from kits, balls and trophies to programmes, tickets and fan equipment. Highlights include the rugby shirt of legendary 1880s Wakefield Trinity player Harper Oliver Hamshaw, the ball with which Castleford’s Arthur ‘Brus’ Atkinson broke the record for the longest penalty kick in 1929. Wakefield Council’s Museums and Castles Service explores the vibrant history of the Wakefield district, across three museums and two historic castles.
Image: ‘When push comes to shove’, a rugby league clash, Michael Steele. Courtesy of Wakefield Council.
12 Jul 2019 - 5 Jan 2020
Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 8BH
Leeds City Museum tells the story of Leeds and its people throughout the ages. Many people have come to Leeds to start a new life, including those escaping famine in Ireland in the 1800s, those seeking work opportunities, and today’s refugees arriving in our City of Sanctuary. ‘A City and its Welcome’ will showcase the stories and experiences of people who have made a home in Leeds over the past three centuries and have helped shape the city that we recognise today. Come on a journey with us though the hopes and expectations of these people, the realities of life in a new place and treasured objects brought from afar. Leeds Museums & Galleries operates nine sites across Leeds. We care for 1.3 million objects, drawn from across the world and time.
Image: Bertie Robinson, a servant at Harewood House who was originally from Barbados, 1905. Courtesy of Leeds Museums & Galleries.