Huddersfield’s Whirr, Fizz, Boom and Bang pop up exhibition

Ever wondered what to do when you are waiting for a train at Huddersfield Railway Station? From 24 October 2016 passengers (or passers by) will be able to take a few moments to explore the whirr, fizz, boom and bang of Huddersfield’s rich manufacturing heritage in the ‘Made in Huddersfield’ pop up exhibition. This flagship mobile exhibition will bring Kirklees’ outstanding museum collections right into the centre of the community.

Until the end of the year, people travelling through Huddersfield Railway Station will be able to take a few moments to enjoy four unique displays dotted around the station, which explore the Fireworks, Soft Drinks, Textiles and Engineering heritage of the town.

Over Half Term, Monday 24 – Friday 28 October 2016, the exhibition will be animated by characters from Huddersfield’s history brought to life by Chol Theatre. The performance ‘Made in Huddersfield: the Town that Made Itself’ begins on the steps of Huddersfield Railway Station, where the audience are invited to gather, then travel through the station, meeting characters and experiencing stories inspired by the Fizz, Bang, Boom and Whirr displays.

The 15 minute performances take place between 24 and 28 October at 11am, 2pm and 4pm.  The show is completely free and is also accessible to non-passengers.

During the performance the audience can interact with local characters including philanthropist Mr Legh Tolson and Hattie Greenwood, a local mill worker busy dreaming of far-off places. They can imagine Huddersfield through the eyes of a local child- the incredible spectacle of an early firework display and sneaking into a local factory to explore the sights and sounds of the machinery working at full pace to put Huddersfield’s manufacturing trade on the map!

Kirklees Museums and Galleries has been piloting pop up exhibitions as part of the Sustainable Collections project funded by Arts Council England.  By working with the team at Huddersfield Railway Station, which  sees over 5 million passenger journeys a year, collections will be shared with more people, many of whom are not traditional museum visitors.

Councillor Graham Turner, Cabinet Member for Asset Strategy, Resources and Creative Kirklees said:

‘During our budget engagement the public told us that they wanted us to do more things outside of museums, taking inspiring stories out in to communities, and this is an example of listening to the public and reacting to them.

 This project tells the story of Huddersfield, Kirklees  and the industries that helped shape our people and our area, which reflects our vison for the future of our museums.’

This is a great way to celebrate Huddersfield’s history by taking objects out into unusual venues.  The Huddersfield area has some great stories to tell – not just of the past but also of the way in which our heritage inspires creativity and the businesses of the present and future.

These collections belong to the people of Kirklees and we want a wider range of people to have the opportunity to enjoy them. The museums service is responding to the challenges of budget savings in a very creative way.  

We are delighted to be working with partners Huddersfield Railway Station and Chol Theatre who have helped us tell the story of Huddersfield’s manufacturing heritage in a vibrant and engaging way.’

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