About Us


The Friends of The Rydings was formed to support the development of The Smith Art Gallery, Brighouse Library, the War Memorial and Rydings Park in 2000. A strong supportive membership has promoted a number of activities designed to raise funds working closely with Calderdale MBC. This partnership has helped to develop the site for the benefit of Brighouse residents.

It has been our aim to encourage a multi-disciplinary approach, reaching out to the public and enhancing the life of the building and its grounds, exploring the unique cultural heritage of Brighouse.

In later years we have been the principal organiser and sponsor of the Brighouse Arts Festival, an annual event designed to bring to Brighouse the best of regional talent and to ensure a platform for our home-grown artists from all fields of the arts. This led to performances by The Ian MacMillan Orchestra, Roger Davies and Rachel Crisp, talented people that we have been prepared to support.

Our central concern, however, is to ensure the continued development of the Brighouse Library and The Smith Art Gallery ensuring a central role in the community.

Date of next meeting: 30th January 2017 – 4.00pm

Documents (Click on the links below)


Child Protection policy

Equal Opportunities Policy

Green Policy

Vulnerable Persons Policy







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