Our programme for higher end secondary and college students will explore elements of the curriculum through practical and classroom based activity, developing transferable skills, knowledge, curiosity and inspiration.

Supporting the national curriculum and subject specifications, the learning programme also aims to give a deeper insight to the heritage and cultural sector. It will offer the opportunity for students to question and challenge what they are learning, and in result develop a deeper understanding of the subject.

There will be opportunities across the curriculum including a variety of focus days inspired by STEM, Art & Design, Regeneration & Tourism, Careers, Business & Enterprise. The programme will include onsite workshops, tours and self-directed learning, as well as free resources being available online for use in the classroom. There will be the opportunity to handle objects, explore our collections and Grade I listed building or take some time for self-directed study; all with a focus on inspiring young minds.

Students will also be able to explore subjects through self-directed learning on site. With the West Yorkshire Archive collection housed in the new Central Library building adjoining The Piece Hall, there’s a real opportunity for in-depth exploration and research whilst accessing archive material and objects from the last 250 years.

Operating as a heritage and cultural destination, The Piece Hall Trust can also offer insight into the sector for students keen on pursuing careers in related fields.

The learning programme will use the past, present and future to inspire and engage, ensuring:

  • Students develop a sense of pride in where they live
  • Students understand their local heritage and how it relates to the national story
  • Teachers are able to make effective use of local heritage resources in delivering the curriculum
  • A synergy between teachers and the heritage sector to deliver an integrated and highly effective offer connected to the needs of schools and post-16 education
  • Parents can engage with their children’s learning through continuing to explore themes in informal environments onsite and at home

Medieval to Modern Merchant - using objects and stories discover the chronology of Halifax’s past.  Students will look at a variety of sources and learn about the significance of historical evidence. They will create a piece of textile to take back to school.

Kersey to Jersey - students will learn the science behind the cloth making process through this hands-on and interactive workshop.  Students will produce their own cloth which can be incorporated into portfolios.

The Trading Game - pupils will learn first-hand what it was like to trade.  Working in groups they will experience the ups and downs of the national and international trade.


From September 2017 we will be able to offer work experience placements where students can gain an insight across different departments of our operation. More information will be posted nearer the time.

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The Piece Hall heritage regeneration project is also supported by Garfield Weston Foundation and The Wolfson Foundation.
The Piece Hall is independently managed by The Piece Hall Trust, a registered charity, number 1156948. Registered in England and Wales, number 08906735.
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