BAGSHAW ART LECTURE the final lecture in the Insiders v Outsiders series

In his third and final lecture in his Insiders v Outsiders series at Bagshaw Museum in Batley, art historian Simon Poë focuses on ‘Lord Leighton and the Academy of the Undead’.

What is the talk about?

The talk on Sunday, 10 February, looks at the work of Frederic Leighton, the President of the Royal Academy from 1878 to 1896 and the first British artist to be given a peerage, along with the threats to the establishment he represented from Impressionism and other newer, stranger movements.

“Leighton’s figures are often criticised for looking like animated statues or even corpses and, within the Academy, his brand of academic painting staggered on, zombie-like, well into the 20th century,”

commented Simon.

“However, as the 19th century drew to a close, social anxiety began to manifest itself in books such as The Portrait of Dorian Grey and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Bram Stoker’s Dracula was published in 1897, the year after Leighton died.”

The lecture starts at 2pm. The entry charge is £3.50 per person; there is no need to book.

For further information contact Bagshaw Museum, Wilton Park, Batley, tel: 01924 324765.

Dewsbury explorer to feature in BBC radio show

Amelia Oldroyd was an intrepid Victorian explorer who helped bring ancient Egyptian artefacts back to the people of Dewsbury – artefacts that are now in the collections of  Museum ours and Galleries.

Who was she?

Born in the 1850s into a wealthy mill-owning family in Hanging Heaton, Amelia took full advantage of the opportunities her background afforded her, for both personal and public benefit.

She travelled to Egypt and became a good friend of the pioneering Egyptologist Sir William Flinders Petrie. As secretary of the Dewsbury branch of the Egypt Exploration Fund, she used her contacts and influence to collect subscriptions and support excavations so that hundreds of artefacts were sent to Dewsbury Museum.

What is the radio show about?

Now Amelia is to feature in a Radio 3 documentary that looks at the lives of three Northern women who travelled to Egypt and brought treasures back to their home towns. Victorian Queens of Ancient Egypt is presented by Samira Ahmed, who explores the connection between ancient Egypt and the Victorian heyday of Britain’s industrial north by following in the footsteps of these extraordinary women.

Katina Bill one of our curators also features in the programme.

Katina said:

“We owe a great debt to Amelia and her work to bring Egyptian artefacts to her home town. Without her, Bagshaw Museum would not have its stunning Kingdom of Osiris gallery filled with mummy masks, Egyptian jewellery and mystical amulets which have been enjoyed by generations of local people.”

When is on?

Victorian Queens of Ancient Egypt is broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday February 3rd at 6.45pm and will be available on BBC Sounds afterwards. Bagshaw Museum is open every Saturday and Sunday, and Tuesdays-Thursdays in school holidays, 12noon-4pm.

BAGSHAW ART LECTURE the first in the Insiders v Outsiders series

An image from the Bible story of Jacob and Esau is the starting point for the first lecture in the Insiders v Outsiders series being given by art historian Simon Poë at Bagshaw on Sunday 13 January, 2pm start. Tickets cost £3.50 per person and there is no need to book.

What is it all about?

The lecture is called ‘Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man and I am a smooth man’, will look at the dominance of the ‘smooth men’, the insiders who run things, in comparison to the ‘hairy men’, the outsiders who supply the creative energy and fruitful chaos.

 “The story of non-identical twins Jacob and Esau is the starting point for a wild ride taking in Bible stories, Greek myths, the Court of King Arthur, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Wild Man of the Woods, and much, much more,”

commented Simon.

Sounds great, is there more to come?

On Sunday, 2g7 January, Simon talks about the ‘Insiders and Outsiders’ in relation to the Royal Academy of Arts in London and in the final lecture on Sunday, 10 February, he discusses ‘Lord Leighton and the Academy of the Undead’.

For further information contact Bagshaw Museum, Wilton Park, Batley, tel: 01924 324765.


Discover the secrets of Bagshaw Museum with free guided tours

There is another chance to enjoy a fascinating peep at Bagshaw Museum in Batley on Sunday, 2 December.

What will we discover?

Free tours at 1pm and 2.30pm will give an insight into the history of the Victorian Gothic mansion that was once home to the Sheard family. Tour guides will reveal more about the Woodlands (as it was originally called), the Sheard family who built and lived in the house and also about Walter Bagshaw, the curator who turned the house into a museum.

How long will the tour last?

The tours last approximately 45 minutes. They are extremely popular and, with numbers limited, places should be booked on the day at the reception desk.

Will there be more tours in the future?

There will be further tours on Sundays 3 February and 10 March next year.

Want to know more?

For further information please contact Bagshaw Museum, Wilton Park, Batley, tel: 01924 324765 or visit the website.



Fungi Walk

On Sunday 7 October 2018 as part of UK Fungus Day, families can explore the rich variety of fungi in Wilton Park, Batley.

Join the fungi walk

Join Patrick Crowley at Bagshaw Museum for an illustrated talk. Visitors can then go for a stroll around the park to discover the fungi on our doorstep. The slideshow starts at 1pm and the walk will start from the museum at 2pm.

Bring the family

No booking is required and all ages are welcome to join in this event. The event is part of the ‘Seasonal Bagshaw’ programme. Please do not bring your dogs.

Want to know more?

For further information contact Bagshaw Museum, Wilton Park, Batley, tel: 01924 324765.

Find out more about the museum and its facilities.

Castle Hill, Huddersfield

Places to visit for free during Heritage Open Days in September

Heritage Open Days (HOD) are England’s biggest festival of history and culture, involving over 40,000 volunteers. Each year in September, thousands of sites across the country invite you in to explore local treasures of every age, style and function, and many special events are held. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE. There’s lots going on in our area, see here for our highlights and follow the link to the website at the bottom of the article.

Check out the best view in Huddersfield at Castle Hill

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September – 12 noon – 4.30pm

Perched on Castle Hill, Victoria Tower was completed in 1899 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign. The cornerstone of the tower was laid on 25 June 1898. The tower was renovated in 1960 when the top seven feet were removed, and now reaches almost 997 feet above sea level. The site contains a diverse mosaic of wildlife habitats and, working with Natural England, Castle Hill is a designated Local Nature Reserve, and a Green Flag Award winner, 2018/19.

See objects from all over the world at Bagshaw Museum

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September – 12 noon – 5pm

Immerse yourself in an atmospheric Egyptology gallery in a gothic mansion, where dramatic lighting effects help to recreate the interior of a tomb, and the ‘Gods, Divine Creatures and Mythical Beasts’ gallery, showcasing beautiful decorative arts from India, China, Africa and Japan.

Batley 150

Celebrate 150 years at Batley Town Hall

Saturday 8 September – 10am – 3pm

We’re celebrating the 150th anniversary of the foundation of Batley Borough Council in 1868. Come and share your ideas as we launch Batley 150 at Batley Town Hall. Enjoy exhibitions, displays, heritage tours and refreshments.

Go ‘behind the curtain’ at Huddersfield Town Hall

Huddersfield 150Friday 7 September – tours at 1.30pm and 3pm
Saturday 8 September – tours at 10am and 11.30am

Huddersfield gained its Royal Charter as a Borough in 1868, and the first meeting of the new Corporation was held on 7 September 1868. The Town Hall dates from 1875-81. Join us for an extensive and interesting tour.

Visit Beaumont Park and search for the secret grottos

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September – walk starts at 2.30pm

Visit our lovely Victorian Heritage Park and about how the park came into being, its formal opening and how it looked 135 years ago.

Go behind the scenes at Huddersfield Library

Thursday 6 September – tours start at 11am and 3pm

This Grade II listed building, designed by E.H. Ashburner, opened in 1940. The Art Gallery on the top floor of the building hosts ‘Perspectives: Aspects of the Kirklees Collection’, with major works from the collection. There will be 90 minute tours of the Library, including West Yorkshire Archives and areas (and material) normally closed to the public.

Get revved up for the Tolson Museum Historic Motorbike Show

Sunday 9 September – 11am-4pm

A wide range of new and classic motorbikes gather on the forecourt of Tolson Museum, organised by the Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle. On display this year in the Museum for this event will be a ‘Panther Motorcycle’. Panthers were made in Cleckheaton and promoted as the ‘perfect motorcycle’. There will a be a variety of stalls and refreshments. The Museum itself offers fascinating collections reflecting Huddersfield’s past, from Bronze Age remains to the impact of the textile industry, and an innovative toddler trail.

Learn about the fascinating history of Greenhead Park

Friday 14  September – walk starts at 6pm

Greenhead Park is an attractive Grade II listed Victorian town park which has been restored to its former glory thanks to a multi-million pound Heritage Lottery funded project. An early evening guided walk (60 to 90 mins), starting at the Trinity Street gates, will visit the main features of the park and reveal its history.

For more information about Heritage Open Days visit the website.


‘Explore the World’ activities at Bagshaw Museum

Looking for fun activities for your children to get involved in this summer? You can follow in the footsteps of Bagshaw Museums first curator, Walter Bagshaw, and his children Violet and Noel who explored the world for treasure.

What’s on?

Get stuck into exciting activities and crafts inspired by the Bagshaw family travels, and see the interesting objects on display. Get down to Wilton Park in Batley this summer, with the addition of a free themed trail around the museum.

When are these activities?

‘Explore the World’ sessions will be on the 31 July, and the 7, 14 and 21 of August.

Starting at 12 noon till 4pm.

There is a charge of £2 per child per session. No booking required and all ages are welcome.

More information

For further information contact Bagshaw Museum, Wilton Park, Batley, tel: 01924 324765

Bagshaw Museum To Host Historical Presentations

Bagshaw Museum is hosting two cultural presentations designed to look at important periods of past history and art in the coming weeks.

If art is your amusement

Art historian Simon Poë will focus on Pre-Raphaelite painters who also illustrated books when he continues his ‘Word and Image: The Illustrators’ lecture series. Looking at Moxon Tennyson and Kelmscott Chaucer amongst others, the presentation promises to make you fall in love with the best artists you may not have heard of!

The lecture starts at 2pm on January 28 and admission is £3.50. No booking is necessary.

Following that, Simon concludes his series on 19th and 20th Century British artists best known for their illustration work on Sunday, 18 February, by looking at some of the giants of the ‘golden age’ of illustration.

If history is your hobby

Then, on February 11, there is an uplifting presentation about life on the home front in World War One.

‘V for Victory’ is a brand new ‘costume-in-context’ presentation by the popular company The History Wardrobe, who will look at four Vs – vegetables, valiant, the vote and victory.

The presentation will reveal what it was like for women running a wartime house on rations, the chores they did as a Land Army girl, what they thought about getting the vote for the first time and celebrate the work of the Women’s Institute. It will also look at the victory celebrations and jubilations and women’s fears and hopes for the future.

As well as costumes from the period, the lively presentation will include top tips on cooking, cleaning and laundry, recipes, and a look at how people entertained themselves during wartime.

The presentation starts at 2pm. Tickets, price £12.50. Advance booking is essential, you can book online or call Bagshaw Museum on 01924 324765.