Day schools Halifax 2019/20

Coronavirus update: March, April and May History jar classes cancelled following government statement issued 16th March 2020. Classes will be rescheduled for the Autumn.

I’m delighted to say that the Calderdale Industrial Museum, Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG is hosting the History Jar day schools in the academic year 2019/2020.

calderdale-industrial-museum-logo.pngSituated near to Halifax railway station and the Eureka children’s museum, and next door to the newly renovated Piece Hall, the new central Library and Archive, and Square Chapel, Calderdale Industrial Museum is well placed for people travelling by public transport as well as car.

Access is to the side of the Museum via their newly installed ramp and stairs, internally there are stairs and a lift to all floors.



4) The many faces of  William Shakespeare.

Shakespeare_Droeshout_1623Wednesday 18th  March 2020

10.00 am -3.30 pm

Did Shakespeare really write Shakespeare?

The son of illiterate parents who left school when he was thirteen William Shakespeare is an elusive figure in history. Mark Twain observed that no one could prove that Shakespeare had actually written anything.


During the day we will look at the historical evidence of Shakespeare’s life and explore some of the alternative candidates for the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays including Francis Bacon,  the 5thEarl of Rutland and his wife, the Earl of Oxford, the Earl of Derby, Christopher Marlowe and others including Robert Cecil, Queen Elizabeth I,  King James I and Sir Walter Raleigh. Conspiracy theories,  snobbery and myths abound as do forgeries, codes and academic dispute.


5) Bess!  From squire’s daughter to Countess of Shrewsbury

Wednesday 29th April 2020

10.00 am -3.30 pm


bessofhardwickBess of Hardwick is almost as famous as Elizabeth I for her mansion in Derbyshire and for her rise from modest beginnings.  She married not once but four times into money, founded the Cavendish dynasty, acquired land and aspired for her grand daughter, Arbella Stuart, to rule England.  She became embroiled in the scandal of Lady Katherine Grey’s marriage; one of her brother-in-laws plotted to murder her an successfully murdered her third husband; she was on friendly terms with Elizabeth’s leading courtiers and Mary Queen of Scots helped to destroy her fourth marriage to the Earl of Shrewsbury.  Meet this remarkable and fascinating woman and discover more about her marriages, rivalries and loyalties.



6) The Favourite:  Queen Anne fact and fiction

queen-anne-1665-1714Wednesday 20th May 2020

10.00 am -3.30 pm

Whilst the antics depicted in the library of Oscar winning film The Favourite aren’t completely out of  the question, the reality of Queen Anne’s relationship with Sarah Churchill and Abigail Masham was a power struggle that ended in personal recriminations that impacted on the domestic and foreign policy of the country.

The last Stewart monarch finally achieved the union between England and Scotland that her grand father and great grandfather had desired not to mention some of the most famous European battlefield victories of the period thanks to Churchill but her personal life was one of ill health, personal tragedy and estrangement from her friends, family and long term advisors.

Meet Prince George of Denmark, Mrs Morley and Mrs Freeman,  Lord Godolphin, the Duke of Marlborough as well as assorted Whigs and Tories not to mention a good helping of rumour, gossip and jealousy.