Museums and galleries
Bankfield Museum is housed in an imposing Victorian Mansion, set within an attractive park, less than a mile from the centre of Halifax.
Bankfield is steeped in history and has been a museum for over a hundred years. The collections date from prehistoric times to the 21st century and include an internationally important collection of costume and textile. With so much to discover there is something to interest visitors of all ages.
Bankfield Museum is an important building of architectural significance. This very grand, Italian villa is sited in Akroydon Park. The beautifully kept grounds of the park compliment this impressive building, which was once the home of Colonel Edward Akroyd, a local business man.
Bankfield is situated in Boothtown, and is very close to Halifax town centre. The proximity of Bankfield to the mills at Haley Hill and to the town centre reveal how important Bankfield was as a private home when owned by Edward Akroyd. The location of Bankfield is near to local sites of importance, such as Akroydon model village. The development of Akroydon and the Bankfield estate was the legacy of Edward Akroyd along with other achievements such as the commissioning of All Souls Church.
Bankfield mansion became a museum in 1887 when Edward Akroyd sold his home to the Halifax Corporation. Primarily Bankfield has a growing reputation as a centre for textiles and contemporary craft. At present the museum is the home of many collections such as the Duke of Wellington Regiment of the West Riding. Bankfield is of local importance enabling heritage to be preserved and displayed.