Culture in and around Huddersfield
Written by Quynh Pham
and Andy Rhodes
Animation and Motion Graphics BA(Hons) and Sports Journalism BA(Hons) students
Artists are invited to display and create their works within the grounds and the four indoor galleries. The Sculpture Park has a continuous programme of visiting exhibitions and is also home to permanent open air displays by artists including Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.
It takes around 25 minutes to get there in a car and admission is free (though there is a parking fee). There is a gift shop and café so you can make a day of it and be sure to remember your wellies!
The National Coal Mining Museum collects and preserves the industry’s heritage and aims to keep coal mining alive by doing so. Situated between Wakefield and Huddersfield, it takes around 20 minutes to drive to the museum from both towns.
There are lots of things to do; you can explore the galleries and original buildings such as the steam winder, medical centre and pithead baths or tour the furnace shaft led by ex-miners. The highlight is hearing about the history and harsh realities of coal mining and descending 140m underground into a real coal mine. Outside there is a ½ mile long nature trail, stables, historical tours, shop and a café.
The train station is the original building that was designed by the architect James Pritchett and built in 1846. The inside space has been newly renovated and opened out, but the outside architecture has remained the same.
The town hall building was designed by John H Abbey and built in two stages, starting in 1875 and being officially opened in 1881. It features a large concert hall and stunning architecture both inside and out.
The Ramsden Building was originally built as a technical school in 1884 and designed by Edward Hughes. It is now used as part of the University and is another fine example of Victorian architecture.
Victoria Tower is an important historic landmark located on a hilltop known as Castle Hill overlooking Huddersfield for the last 4,000 years. It was originally an Iron Age hill fort but during its time has been used as a venue for meetings both religious and political, strikes and rallies.
In 1897 Queen Victoria had reigned for 60 years and to mark this event, a permanent memorial in the form of the tower was perched on top of the hill in 1899. The top of the tower stands 1,000 feet above sea level and it is a great place to visit as it provides striking views of Huddersfield. You can get a train to a nearby station and walk there, or drive most of the way and just walk to the top. The hill is a fantastic place to watch the fireworks displays all over Huddersfield on Bonfire night, and becomes transformed into a beautiful setting to catch some magical and breath-taking views.
Huddersfield Festival of Light is a weekend of free events around the town with street artists, stage performances, a craft fair and a winter food and drink market. Huddersfield comes alive and people fill the streets with Christmas spirit and a warm atmosphere.
The train station has recently been taken over by an art collective. The newly dubbed ‘Art station’ uses the white canvas of the concourse to display artwork from a range of different artists. The programme of exhibitions is continuous and changes every few months.