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Points of Light Award for Eliana Bailey

Congratulations to Eliana Bailey (WCA Chair) and all WCA members involved in the Warley Museum project.

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Points of Light Award

Story featured in the Halifax Courier:

Prime Minister Theresa May has recognised a volunteer from Warley as a Point of Light for her work in creating a museum housed in a phone box that celebrates Warley’s culture and history.

Eliana Bailey is the creator of one of the world’s smallest museums which displays artefacts and local history from her home town.

Eliana, who is also chair of Warley Community Association, has brought the community together to curate the newly opened museum which will change its exhibition every few months.

It has attracted hundreds of visitors and caught the imagination of the media at home and abroad. The current exhibition explores Christmas in Warley.

Eliana is the latest recipient of a Point of Light award, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers, people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. 
Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable achievements.

In a personal letter to Eliana, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Through Warley Community Association, you are uniting your community behind innovative local good causes. The phone box museum in particular is a tremendous way of showcasing Warley’s history.”

Eliana added: “What do you do with a redundant telephone box? If you’re the Warley Community Association, you turn it into a working museum of local history. To receive this award is both thrilling and very humbling.

“I accept it on behalf of all our community members, who like me, constantly strive to maintain and improve all areas of our beautiful village of Warley.”

Eliana is the 643rd winner of the Points of Light award, which has been developed in partnership with the hugely successful Points of Light programme in the USA.

Warley Museum included in The Telegraph’s Travel Destinations!

15 fantastic things to do in Britain this weekend…

6. Visit the ‘world’s smallest museum’

It’s not yet official, but a new museum in West Yorkshire has a reasonable claim to being the world’s smallest. Occupying a disused phone box in Warley, Calderdale, the booth is filled with local historical artefacts, including old photographs, glass etchings, and personal items such as fashion pieces and jewellery.

Warley Museum: ‘Probably the Smallest Museum in the World’

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An application has been made for Warley Museum to be included in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Warley Museum was officially opened on Saturday 8th October, 2016 by the Mayor of Calderdale, Howard Blagbrough; the Mayoress of Calderdale, Catherine Kirk; and Richard Macfarlane, Collections Manager at Bankfield Museum.

Local brass band, the Friendly Band, along with the Sowerby Bridge Morris Dancers, provided the traditional entertainment for this very special event.

Eliana Bailey, WCA chairwoman, said: “We’ve had a phenomenal response. People thought it was amazing. When they saw inside they could not believe it.”

Photos by Paul Turner

Photos by Matthew Reardon

Warley Town, a historic village in the Calder Valley, sits on the outskirts of Halifax, West Yorkshire. In the spring of 2016 Warley Community Association (WCA) ‘adopted’ the disused BT telephone box as part of British Telecom’s ‘Adopt a Kiosk’ programme.

After considering a number of options, including a defibrillator station and a library, WCA members voted to transform the telephone box into a unique museum of local history. Eliana Bailey and Kathryn Gallagher coordinated the project, which utilised the knowledge and talents of local residents.

Key figures in the concept and creation of Warley Museum were resident artists, Paul and Chris Czainski, the curators of the museum.

Doug Bailey, a joiner, renovated and converted the telephone box, which involved stripping it back to its bare bones, then repainting and refitting it.

Paul Czainski produced the wonderful etchings on the glass panels, which feature scenes of local history. He also designed and illustrated the information backboard, ‘Notables of Warley Parish’.

Chris Czainski is working on a mosaic floor made from old pottery and objects d’art found in Warley gardens.

The museum’s exhibits of local historical artefacts and curiosities, donated by Warley residents, will be changed every few months. These are displayed in secure boxes which can be viewed from both inside and outside the museum.

Warley Museum is situated in the centre of Warley village, at The Maypole Inn. Opening hours are 8am-4pm.

 

Donations of local history artefacts enthusiastically received.

 

Warley Community Association

www.warleyca.co.uk

mail@warleyca.co.uk

Eliana Bailey (WCA Chairwoman) 01422 839458