Monday, June 08, 2020

Halifax Before Eureka 1

This is the first of two photographs that explores that part of Halifax near the railway station before the building of the National Children's Museum (Eureka!) in 1992. I must have taken these two photographs in the 1980s, well before the building that now houses the museum was constructed. Geographical logic tells me that this photograph must have been taken from somewhere around Bath Street, although I am having difficulty getting the buildings to fit in with the modern view of the area. In the background you can clearly see the Mackintosh factory and behind that the unmistakeable Beacon Hill. 


  1. In the early 1970's, under the sign "Pennine Arts and Crafts Centre", was the basement where Geoffrey Cowton (my Sunnyside School art teacher) kept a press for printing limited editions of his paintings.

  2. Funnily enough, I was thinking about that sign and building and wondering if, in the 70s/80s, it represented the entirety of arts and crafts in Halifax.

  3. The premier Halifax art shop in the 1960's was Edwards (?), close to Brieley's Sale Rooms just up the back road by Bull Green. To enter his shop was like steeping back in time to the days of Renoir and Degas. I purchased my first tubes of watercolours, brushes and pallet from him together with lots of good advice. He was to the artist what Harnet was to the photographer.


The Halifax Court

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