The Heritage Centre
The Heritage Centre has been established at Black Dyke’s famous band room in the village of Queensbury in West Yorkshire. As such it occupies a space that has been used by the band almost from its formation.
As well as curating physical displays at the centre we have also generated a Digital Archive which you can access through the pages of this website.
Our values statement reads:
“The Black Dyke Band Heritage Centre operates with the highest ethical standards. It embraces truth and the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake and recognises the importance of aesthetic considerations. The Black Dyke Band Heritage Centre acknowledges the contributions of all to the Black Dyke Band’s historical development and accepts a fundamental requirement for fairness and equity in its activities.”
Within this framework we want to:
- Develop and preserve Black Dyke Band’s Heritage
- Uphold scholarly and professional integrity
- Make best use of our resources
- Value and be open-minded to new ideas
- Promote continuous learning
- Strive to be innovative and creative
- Anticipate and respond to diverse audience needs.
Future priorities include:
- The further development of our heritage collection
- Sharing our heritage with the brass band movement and beyond
- Enabling research and archival study
- Delivering educational resources and training
We extend a warm welcome to all visitors to the centre who we hope will enjoy our collection which comprises:
- Competition artefacts and trophies
- Memento’s from foreign tours
- Personal memorabilia given by individual players
- Photographs, magazines, programmes
- Diaries, minute books
- Lost voices – personal testimonies of players of the past
Map and Directions
If you are visiting the Black Dyke Heritage Centre then we have brief directions to the bandroom below. The postcode for Sat Nav routes is BD13 1AB.
From M62 South/East/West:
Exit M62 Junction 25 and follow signs for A644 Brighouse. Keep on the A644 (Brighouse Road) following signs for Queensbury/Denholm. On passing the Queensbury village sign you will eventually see Tesco on the left and the Black Dyke Mills on your right. Turn Right on reaching the traffic lights in the centre of Queensbury and the Black Dyke Bandroom is 100 meters immediately to your right.
From M6/A65 North West:
Follow signs for A65 Skipton and then A629 Keighley. Follow A629 to Denholm and then A644 to Queensbury. Turn Left at the traffic lights in the centre of Queensbury and the Black Dyke Bandroom is immediately on your right.
Follow A647 from the centre of Bradford and the Black Dyke Bandroom is on your left as you approach the traffic lights in the centre of Queensbury.
What if I can’t visit in person?
For those of you who are unable to come and see us at the Heritage Centre in person we have created a short virtual tour. Please click on the link below to access it. Other artefacts and memorabilia can be viewed within the Resources section of this website.