The programme for the Huddersfield Local Studies Library’s Lunchtime Club 2018 has been announced:
January 17 — The Holocaust: An International Story With Local Significance by Jayne Leach of Huddersfield University
March 21 — Pubs of Holmfirth, Past and Present by local authors Pam Cooksey and Alan Tinsdeall
May 23 — Huddersfield Humanitarians: Local Responses to 20th Century Conflicts by Dr Rebecca Gill of Huddersfield University, Local Studies Staff Member Frank Grombir & Adam Millar of University of Leicester
July 11 — All Huddersfield: Our Town on the Wireless in the 1920s by Christine Verguson of Huddersfield Local History Society
September 19 — History of the African-Caribbean Community in Huddersfield by local historian Natalie Pinnock-Hamilton
November 14 — World War One Memorials, Seen and Unseen by acclaimed historian Dr Anne Brook
The Lunchtime Club is an informal meeting of people with an interest in Local History. Meetings are held every two months in the Light Reading Room of the library. Meetings begin at 1pm. Light refreshments are provided.
Wilshaw Village Hall Committee are currently raising funds in order to acquire the village hall (formerly St. Mary’s Schools) as a community asset.
As part of the fundraising activities, a 5.2 mile circular “Welly Walk” is taking place on the afternoon of Sunday 29 October 2017 and will offer walkers a chance to view the scenic countryside surrounding the small village. The route for the afternoon is detailed in this PDF document.
If you would like to take part and make a donation towards this worthy cause, the walk starts at 1pm from Church of St Mary the Virgin (postcode HD9 4DZ), Wilshaw.
Donations can also be made online via PayPal to email@example.com.
This year’s annual Family and Local History Fair is taking place on Saturday 4 November between 10am and 4pm at Cathedral House, St Thomas’ Road, Huddersfield, HD1 3LG.
There is ample free parking and admission is £3. Accompanied children, aged under 16, can enter for free.
Whether a beginner or experienced family historian, or interested in local history, there will be something for everyone.
A large number of stands and exhibitors including a variety of family and local history societies, books, maps and genealogy supplies and software. The Huddersfield Local History Society will be exhibiting at the event.
As well as lectures on Family History related topics, refreshments available throughout the day.
Details of the packaged programme for the 2017 Heritage Open Days in Kirklees can be found in this brochure (PDF), with events taking place between the 7th and 10th of September.
A number of the events require pre-booking, which you can do at the Visitor Information Point in Huddersfield Library.
The Heritage Open Days provide a unique opportunity to explore the history on your own doorstep, as well as giving access to a number of buildings and locations that are not generally open to the public.
All of the talks will be talking place in the University of Huddersfield’s Brontë Lecture Theatre (room BLG/05), which is the same venue as used in the 2016/17 season. The Lecture Theatre is located on the ground floor of the building marked “03” on the university campus map (PDF).
For those with mobility problems, there are usually a limited number of parking spaces available on-campus. Otherwise, the Indoor Market multi storey car park (off Queensgate) is only a short walk away from the Lecture Theatre.
The Society’s latest book is ‘Yours for Eternity’ – A Romance of the Great War, by John Rumsby. This marks the centenary of the First World War and examines it through the experiences of a local young couple. The book is based on an extraordinary collection of 150 letters found in a tin box in the attic of a house in the town – written by Henry Coulter, in 1914 a clerk with Huddersfield Corporation Tramways, and by his sweetheart Lucy Townend, who worked in a shoe-shop. Henry and Lucy’s letters express the activities and aspirations of two young people separated by war. Poignantly, they include the very last one Lucy wrote to him on 22 October 1916. Henry never saw it: he had died of his wounds three days earlier.
The Society has placed a plaque at the Old Clergy House, Stocks Walk, Almondbury, jointly with the Basque Children of ’37 Association, to commemorate its use as a refuge for Basque children during the Spanish Civil War.
The full story can be found here (PDF) and is reproduced below.