Huddersfield Art Gallery launches new video

A new video has been created by the team at Huddersfield Art Gallery, and we’re sharing it ahead of an exhibition that opens this weekend (23 June 2018).

On the top floor of Huddersfield Library, the Art Gallery is home to an abundance of treasures, including a very popular Lowry which shows a view of Huddersfield.

Watch the video now, and if you fancy a visit – read on to find out about the new exhibition that opens this weekend.

New exhibition: Matthew Krishanu – The Sun Never Sets

Matthew Krishanu in his studio, Photo by Jens MarottOpening on 23 June until 15 September 2018, The Sun Never Sets is London-based artist Matthew Krishanu’s first solo show in a public-funded gallery. The exhibition brings together over 30 paintings exploring figuration, place, and memory. The works centre on two boys (the artist and his brother) growing up in Bangladesh, and their experience of a complex world that includes expatriates, missionaries, and expansive landscapes.

Matthew Krishanu says: “The paintings are about stepping into ‘another country’ – one where themes of empire, childhood and migration are explored through a combination of autobiography and imagination.”

The show includes three paintings recently acquired by the Arts Council Collection, to be exhibited together for the first time. Skeleton (2014),  Boy and Mask (2017) and Ordination (2017). Questions of costume, symbol and status are raised in all these paintings – whether of adults seen performing ceremonial roles, or children posing in shorts and t-shirts.

Matthew will be attending the exhibition on both the opening and closing days, for more information please see below.

More information

Where is Huddersfield Art Gallery?
Huddersfield Art Gallery is on the top floor of Huddersfield Library, in the centre of town. Postcode is HD1 2SU, the nearest car park is Huddersfield Market Hall.

What time is the gallery open?
Opening Hours are Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 4pm – FREE admission.

Are there any special events taking place for the Matthew Krishanu exhibition?
Opening event: Saturday 23rd June 1 – 4pm (artist tour at 2pm)
Closing event: Saturday 15 September 1 – 4pm (artist talk at 2pm).

Easter in Kirklees Museums

Looking for something to do over the Easter Holidays?

Check out what’s going on in Kirklees below:

Bagshaw Museum

Celebrate Easter with crafts and a yummy egg hunt at Bagshaw Museum in Batley.

Children can take part in ‘Easter Crafts and Egg Hunt’ on Saturday, 31 March, between 12noon and 4pm. Families can drop in at any time to take part.

There is a charge of £2 per child; no booking is necessary.

During the rest of the holiday’s anyone visiting the museum can enjoy a free themed trail.

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

Oakwell Hall

Families can enjoy lots of outdoor fun getting ‘stuck into’ activities at Oakwell Hall Country Park in Birstall this Easter.

From Saturday 1 April, to Sunday 15 April, stick themed activity packs, price £1.50 each, will be available from the Visitor Centre.

The packs contain information on activities to do around the park and include things to make, collect and colour.

Packs can be purchased from the Visitor Centre in the courtyard, next to the car park at the top of Nova Lane, Birstall, during its opening hours of 10am-5pm every day, including Easter Monday.

For further information, telephone 01924 324761.

Tolson Museum

Children can enjoy SCRAPtastic Easter crafts at Tolson Museum in Huddersfield on Wednesday, 11 April.

Using recycled materials, they will be able to make egg box spring frames and Easter chicks. There will be two sessions, 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm, for children aged 3-12 years. The cost is £3.50 per child.

Families can drop in at any time to join in; there is no need to book places. Parents must accompany children throughout.

There will also be an Easter Egg Trail from Good Friday, 30 March, until Thursday, 12 April. Children have to find the letters on hidden eggs and work out the Easter-themed word or phrase.

The free trail will be available during the museum’s opening hours:

Good Friday, Easter Monday and Tuesday to Thursday 11am-5pm
Saturday and Sunday 12noon-5pm.

For further information contact Tolson Museum on 01484 223240.

Busy over Easter, don’t worry…

Our museums are great places to visit at any time of year – check out this video to see why…


Girl Guides raise funds at Oakwell Hall

Girl Guides have taken over the Countryside Centre in Oakwell Hall Country Park, to help raise funds for an expedition to South Africa next year.

What’s the fundraising in aid of?

The guides, who are from South Yorkshire, are planning to travel to a village in Lesotho, where they will work with the local community to improve their standard of living. The charity, ‘Africa’s gift’ is supporting the girls’ trip.

When are they fundraising, and how?

To raise the money for their trip, the guides are serving refreshments on Saturdays and Sunday, 11am to 3pm in the Countryside Centre at the bottom entrance to the country park, Birstall.


Assistant Heritage Manager:

Jennie Hawes, Assistant Heritage Manager at Oakwell Hall, is one of the leaders of the girl guide unit involved. She commented:

“People from our area have undertaken various projects in the village of Malealea over the years and the guides are excited to go to continue changing these people’s lives for the better. Every penny helps towards our goal but we are also very happy to be providing a service to the visitors to Oakwell Hall Country Park.”

Contribute towards their trip:

The fund-raising refreshments will be available from the Countryside Centre every weekend until the end of September at least.

You can find out more about Oakwell Hall, as well as get directions on our website:

The outside of a large victorian building, in summertime.

Explore the world with Kirklees Museums

The front of an old building with three floors and half covered in ivy

Looking for summer holiday events in Kirklees? To celebrate the Rio Olympics, Kirklees Museums are inviting youngsters to ‘Explore the World’ with them.

Each museum will concentrate on a different continent with themed crafts and activities during the school holidays – check out what we’ve got going on below:

Bagshaw Museum, Wilton Park, Batley
Tuesdays 2, 9, 16 and 23 August, 12-4pm
Come along and help us explore the continent of Africa, with fun crafts and activities. Suitable for ages 5 to 12 years, the activities cost just £1 per child.

Oakwell Hall, Nova Lane, Birstall
Every Wednesday from 27 July to 24 August, 10am-12pm and 1-3pm.
At Oakwell you’ll find America-themed activities. The activities are free but normal Hall admission charges apply*.

Dewsbury Museum in Crow Nest Park
Thursdays 4, 11, 18 and 25 August, 12-4pm
Europe is the theme of crafts and activities being held in Dewsbury and it’s £1 per child to join in.

Tolson Museum in Ravensknowle Park, Wakefield Road, Huddersfield
Thursdays 4, 11, 18 and 25 August,11am-1pm and 2-4pm
Here you’ll find crafts and activities on the birds, animals and people that live in South America, home to this year’s Olympic Games. Sessions cost £1 per child.

Red House Museum, Oxford Road, Gomersal
And at Red House there there are quiz trails and self-led craft activities in the house each day from Saturday 16 July to Sunday 4 September, 12noon-4pm. Outside there will be giant garden games to play. Entry charges apply to the house* but entry into the garden and shop is free.

Contact info for Kirklees Museums

For further information please contact the museum:
Bagshaw Museum: 01924 324765
Oakwell Hall: 01924 324761
Dewsbury Museum: 01924 324766
Tolson Museum: 01484 223240
Red House: 01274 335056

*Admission prices for Oakwell Hall and Red House are £2.50 adult, £1 child and £6 family (two adults and up to four children). Annual tickets giving unlimited entry for a year to both sites are £6 adult, £2.50 child, and £14.50 family.

A week of witchcraft and wizardry – 27th to 31st October 2015

Some of our museums are offering lessons with a difference this October half-term – they will be teaching youngsters all about witchcraft and wizardry in a week of activities for Halloween inspired by everyone’s favourite young wizard.

Youngsters will be able to write spells, make potions and get the right look with hats, capes, wands and broomsticks – there will even be owls!

There will be different activities at different museums and those who have their attendance card stamped at all three wizard school classes through the week will be able to graduate as witches or wizards.

Join the Ministry of Magic

The first event in the ‘Week of Witchcraft and Wizardry’ is at Bagshaw Museum, Wilton Park, Batley, on Tuesday 27th October 2015 from 12noon to 4pm. Children can make hats and capes and design a house crest for their capes. They will also be able to take photos with the museum’s very own owl exhibit, Snowy.

On Wednesday 28th October 2015, the wizard school moves to Oakwell Hall in Birstall where children can learn about herbs & make a herb bag, create their own wand and make a mini broomstick in the Barn in the Visitor Centre. There will be two sessions, 10am to 12 noon and 1pm to 3pm.

Then on Thursday 29th October 2015, between 12 noon and 4pm, aspiring wizards and witches can complete their training by making spells and potions at Dewsbury Museum in Crow Nest Park, Dewsbury. They will also be able to make creepy bug bracelets and decorate spooky buns. Those who have made the grade will be able to collect a witch or wizard graduation certificate.

There is a charge of £1 per child per session at all the museums.

Owl’s about that!

Red House museum in Gomersal will also be having an owl theme throughout the week. During ‘Owls About That!’ children can craft their own owl and try quill pen writing. You can also have a go at the parcel quiz in the house from Tuesday 27th to Thursday 29th October 2015. The activities are free but normal admission prices will apply.

If you attend Red House On Saturday 31st October 2015, you will have the opportunity to see live owls in the garden of the museum on Oxford Road from 1pm to 4.30pm. There will be flying demonstrations at 2pm and 4pm. This event, supported by the Friends of Red House, is free.

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Sci Fi collectables - JD Hancock

Sci-Fi collectables wanted for museum exhibition

Sci Fi collectables - JD Hancock
Image via JD Hancok on

Are you a Trekkie, a Ringer, a Whovian or a wannabe Jedi?  Are you a fan of the classic oldie ‘Back to the Future’ or are you spaced out by the latest blockbuster ‘Interstellar’?

Whichever army of fans you belong to, Tolson Museum in Huddersfield is hoping you can join forces to showcase the appeal and excitement of science fiction.

As part of a sci-fi festival later in the year, the museum is planning a display of sci-fi collectables and is hoping local fans will delve into their personal collections to lend objects.

The museum are looking for a variety of items including: Darth Vader’s mask, sonic screwdrivers, lightsabres; model vehicles like the starship enterprise or the DeLorean time machine; or figures of the characters from Captain Kirk to Luke Skywalker, even the daleks.

Costumes, posters and other memorabilia from any era are also welcome.

The display is planned from October half-term until early 2016 to coincide with Sci-Fest Yorkshire, a programme of sci-fi events being organised by Kirklees Museums in partnership with Kirklees Libraries and the University of Huddersfield.

Sci-fi is hugely popular and there is a massive range of items available to collect.  It is hoped local fans will share their love and fascination of the genre by allowing the museum to show some of their personal collectables.

You can phone, email or go along in person to Tolson on Saturday 12 September. The exhibition curators will be at the museum from 12 noon to meet sci-fi collectors and look at anything they may have to offer for loan to the exhibition.

Get in touch

Tolson Museum can be contacted by calling 01484 223240 or emailing

Contributors are asked to include measurements and photos if they are emailing


The Summer Starts at Tolson Museum


Calling surfer dudes! Kids can make sure they look the part on the beach, or in the park, by vising Tolson Museum, Huddersfield, is the place to be on Thursday, 23 July 2015.

The museum in Ravensknowle Park, Wakefield Road, is giving children the chance to make those all-important surfing accessories with a range of crafts to suit all ages.

Youngsters will be able to make and decorate their own sunglasses, bandana and surf board shaped bookmark. To complete the surfer look, they will be able to make bracelets using fabric, wire and beads.


Further information on ‘The Summer Starts Here!’

‘The Summer Starts Here!’ will run from 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm. The cost is £1 per child.

For more info contact Tolson Museum by calling 01484 223240.

Sherlock Holmes on the case at Oakwell Hall

The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes1

There is still time to get tickets for Chapterhouse Theatre Company’s open air adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes’ on Thursday 9th July 2015.

With a murder to be solved and treasure to be found, this thrilling tale will unfold in the walled garden of Oakwell Hall in Birstall. Add a missing novice and suspicious nuns to the mix as Holmes faces his most terrifying and challenging case yet when he and his companion Watson are summoned to a convent deep in the English countryside.

The action starts at 7.30pm with the garden being open for viewing and picnics from 6pm; people can take their own seating, but no tables.

Tickets are adult £14, senior citizen £12, children and students £10, family tickets £42. They are available from the Oakwell Visitor Centre shop (next to the car park at the top of Nutter Lane) or by telephoning 01924 324761.