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Christmas Wreath-Making Workshop

Join us in the museum for our Christmas wreath-making workshop and create a beautiful and sustainable wreath, using natural willow wreath bases and locally sourced foliage.

Poetry & Celebration for Sylvia Plath’s Birthday

An evening to mark the birthday of Sylvia Plath, poet and writer with poetry from Ian Humphreys, Sally Baker and Clare Shaw. Sylvia Plath is buried in the adjacent graveyard in Heptonstall and many visitors come from all over the world to see the beautiful countryside that inspired many of Sylvia’s works.

The House That Ethel Built

Premier of new one-act play about the life and work of Ethel Carnie Holdsworth. This will be a rehearsed reading followed by a Q and A with the cast and writer.

Celebration of Ethel Carnie Holdsworth

Event marking Heritage Open Days commemorating the former home of Ethel Carnie Holdsworth, organised with Calder Civic Trust and the owners of the cottage at Slack Top. A short screening, exhibition at Heptonstall Museum will be followed by a walk and a blue plaque unveiled.

Author Event – Steve Hartley – The Yorkshire Coiners

Meet Steve Hartley, direct descendent of the King of the Coiners, David Hartley. His new book is the definitive guide to the this incredible true story of the coin clipping gang of Cragg Vale. Steve has been a great supporter of the museum and we know this will be a truly special and very welcome return.

Reopening Day

Heptonstall Museum’s opening exhibition begins on 27 May – Criminal Coiners: Life and Death in Wild West Yorkshire gives a glimpse into the lives of those involved in forgery activity which almost ruined English economy in the late 18 century.