Lost Houses Exhibition Opening Party…


On Friday January 22nd, we launched the Lost Houses Exhibition at Bankfield Museum. I’d seen this photo some time ago, of the last formal function to be held at Castle Carr (the largest of the lost houses in the exhibition). It is a photo of Ronald Murgatroyd’s 21st Birthday party, taken in the early 1930s.

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So everyone was invited to dress up for the occasion. And oh my! Didn’t they make the effort?


Over 200 people came, almost all of them in full evening dress!

This is the Swing Cat’s Trio. They played 1930’s Jazz on fiddle, guitar and tea-chest bass:


It seemed to put everyone in the mood and there was even some dancing!

DSC_6111 Bankfield Museum is the former home of Edward Akroyd – a well loved Halifax textile Industrialist who built a model village for his workers. I bet this isn’t the first such party that the house has seen, though I expect it’s been a while. That evening we filled it with people, music and laughter. It was wonderful!

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DSC_6086_bwIt is a very beautiful building.

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Well, now it’s ‘launched’, it’s all up and ready for you to come a visit. Please come…

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And if this isn’t enough to tempt you along, maybe I should mention that there is currently a full size TARDIS in the entrance hall (there’s a time travel exhibition on too!).

I’m going to be on hand in the exhibition on Saturday 6th February and Saturday 12th March. I’m still collecting information so if you’ve any information or memories of the houses, then please come and say hello.

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