Commissioners of Historic England, the public body which celebrates and protects England’s historic environment, made a notable visit to The Piece Hall to see up close the iconic building and learn more about the work of the charitable Piece Hall Trust, in making it a flourishing cultural and heritage destination.
The Commission is made up of 17 individuals, each chosen for their skill or professional standing in one or more area of expertise and appointed by the Secretary of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Every year the group visits at least two significant developments supported by Historic England to see first-hand and understand in more detail how each project works. The Commission’s interest in visiting Halifax was the regeneration of its industrial heritage buildings and specifically the successful example of The Piece Hall Trust, which has placed arts and culture at the heart of the vast Georgian building’s revitalisation.
Sir Laurie Magnus, chairman of Historic England, said: “The Historic England Commissioners were impressed to see the great work happening at Grade I listed Piece Hall, central Halifax. Named after the ‘pieces’ of hand-woven cotton which were produced in the area for centuries, this is an exceptional site that is important both for the history of Yorkshire and for the nation as a whole.
“It has been turned into a public space which can be enjoyed on many levels. It offers today’s visitors the chance to learn about the heritage of Yorkshire and East Ridings’ cotton trade, as well as offering dining, shopping and enjoyment as an events venue. Piece Hall won the overall award at our 2017 Angel Awards following its reopening after a major conservation and transformation project. We are delighted to see it thriving as a major asset to Halifax and continuing to go from strength to strength.”
Nicky Chance-Thompson, chief executive of The Piece Hall Trust, said: “We were incredibly proud to welcome the Commission to The Piece Hall. As one of Historic England’s top ten most important Industry, Trade & Commerce buildings in the country, and with more than five million visitors to date, we are delighted at how The Piece Hall is making its mark firmly on the map.”