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 Post subject: Bankfield Museum
PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2004 2:02 pm 
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I just wanted to note some information on the Bankfield Museum, Halifax, Yorkshire, UK which: "Set in a wonderful Victorian mill owners house, Bankfield has a growing reputation as a centre for textiles and contemporary craft."

The Jinghpo bag which was illustrated in Michael Howard's book 'Textiles of the Hill Tribes of Burma' and posted in the 'Puzzling Bag' thread is in the collection of the Bankfield Museum.

The Museum does not seem to have its own website but one to look at for contact/location details is ... field.html Another yielded the following information:
The History
For half a century from 1837-1886, Bankfield House was the home of Edward Akroyd, the largest wool manufacturer in Britain. He lavished money and attention on the building, transforming it from a modest town house into a magnificent Italianate mansion with elaborate ceilings, staircases and plasterwork. Around Bankfield he built Akroydon, a model village of fine terraced houses with allotments, a park, co-operative store, stables and All Souls Church. It was to be the first "Urban Village". Today Bankfield and Akroydon symbolise the importance of the textile industry to Victorian Britain.
The Museum
A Museum since 1887, Bankfield is now home to an internationally important collection of textiles and costumes from around the world. Mummy wrappings and teddy bears; a Diaghilev ballet costume and Igbo masquerade dress; embroideries from India and China; woven cloth from Africa and Burma, all have a place in this 'World of Textiles'. Pride of place though, belongs to the unique collection of textiles from Eastern Europe collected by Edith Durham, traveller and collector in the Balkans from 1900-1914. The 'Bread, Salt and Our Hearts' gallery tells her fascinating story and provides a showcase for many of the wonderful textiles she collected.
Not everything at Bankfields is old. Contemporary crafts are an important part of its permanent galleries and the varied and exciting programme of temporary exhibitions, workshops, seminars, masterclasses and gallery demonstrations. The work of Paddy Killer, Peter Colgan, Catherine Riley, Lois Walpole, Dail Behennah, Peter Markey and Tom Wood all feature at Bankfield, now recognised as an influential centre, promoting and encouraging contemporary crafts.
Other facilities
Duke of Wellington's Regimental Museum; (don't miss the original Wellington boots!), plus displays of toys and weird and wonderful objects from Britain and around the world. Education activity sessions/study visits to the reserve collections by appointment - please ring for details. Shop; Toilet; Free car park; Art loan; Akroydon heritage trail; Disabled access limited.

on-line tribal textiles resource

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