The touring exhibition, celebrating 150 years since the founding of Batley Borough Council in 1868, can now be explored at the Bagshaw Museum.

The tour, which opened at Batley Festival on the 29th September earlier this year, is also going to be accompanied by amazing #WhatBatleyMeansToMe artwork of Batley Parish and Mill Lane Primary School children.

Citizens of the borough are urged to come along to learn more about the area’s democratic heritage, and to get involved in the civic life of Batley today.

The Batley 150 exhibition is open at Batley Town Hall, Market Place, Batley WF17 5DE from 12.30pm to 4pm on Saturday 29 September. Admission is free.

The foundation of Batley Borough Council in 1868 was a major milestone, with the town being granted extensive powers to be able to govern itself. Batley residents elected a town council of aldermen, councillors and a mayor who set up and ran public services for the good of the town.

This significant landmark was a reflection of the rapid growth of Batley. Borough status was achieved by Batley residents who submitted a petition to government, calling for new status and powers. A royal charter of incorporation was then granted by Queen Victoria in 1868.

Kirklees Council and local organisations are working together to mark this special anniversary for Batley, with more events and activities planned over the coming months.

As well as the exhibition there will be a range of displays including Batley Bulldogs Heritage, Memories of Batley in 1968, Dorothy Elizabeth Evans by Susan White, and Catherine Exley.

Anyone who is interested in learning more about our local democratic heritage and getting involved in the civic life of Batley today is invited along for a look back over 150 years and a chance to meet lots of people who are proud to be part of Batley.

The Batley 150 group are planning more events and activities later in the year and are keen for more people to join in. Ideas for future activities can be shared on the day or by contacting Bagshaw Museum. Email: or Tel. 01924 324765. More information about Batley 150 is available at:

As well as the Batley 150 Exhibition in Batley Town Hall, visitors to Batley Festival can enjoy all the stalls and attractions of the festival, which is organised by local volunteers.  Full details are available at: