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June 2018

Punks, Parratt and St Peter’s: Musical Sites of Huddersfield

Sunday 10 June 2018 at 2:30 pm
£3

A guided walk as part of the Discover Huddersfield programme for 2018. Exploring the rich musical heritage of multicultural Huddersfield, in this walk Rachel Cowgill weaves together Victorian organ music with reggae and punk in the late 20th century to reveal the layering of Huddersfield's musical traditions on the town’s urban fabric. Meet by 2:30pm at University of Huddersfield Oastler Building, Queensgate, inside main entrance.

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July 2018

Huddersfield 150: Celebrating Civic Initiative

Sunday 8 July 2018 at 10:30 am
£3

A guided walk as part of the Discover Huddersfield programme for 2018. Huddersfield was granted its Charter as a Municipal Borough on 7 July 1868. To mark this anniversary, and as part of a wider programme of commemorative events, local historian David Griffiths will lead a tour of key landmarks of early (and later) civic initiative, recalling the wide range of public services pioneered by the Corporation. NB this walk will be a little longer than usual, though still less…

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Walking with Women’s Suffrage: 100 Years of Votes for Women

Sunday 8 July 2018 at 2:30 pm
£3

A guided walk as part of the Discover Huddersfield programme for 2018. In 1906, the nation’s eyes were trained on Huddersfield. Suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst swept into town and addressed packed meetings. Join historian Jill Liddington to walk in the footsteps of local suffragettes in the year that marks the centenary of the 1918 Act that gave the first voting rights to women. Jill’s latest book, ‘Vanishing for the Vote’, tells the story of the suffragette boycott of the 1911…

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All Huddersfield: Our Town on the Wireless in the 1920s

Wednesday 11 July 2018 at 1:00 pm
Huddersfield Library & Art Gallery, Princess Alexandra Walk
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD1 2SU United Kingdom
Free

Lunchtime talk given by Christine Verguson of Huddersfield Local History Society. Please book a free ticket using the website link below.

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August 2018

Exploring Greenhead Park

Thursday 9 August 2018 at 7:00 pm
£3

A guided walk as part of the Discover Huddersfield programme for 2018. Greenhead Park is a classic Victorian town park, now handsomely restored by Kirklees Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Join David Griffiths, author of its history, for an evening stroll round its obvious and some hidden features, explaining how the Park came to be established and how it has evolved. Meet by 7pm at the main park gates of Greenhead Park, Trinity Street.

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September 2018

Exploding Huddersfield

Sunday 9 September 2018 at 2:30 pm
Free

A guided walk as part of the Discover Huddersfield programme for 2018 and the annual Heritage Open Days. Take a look at Huddersfield’s history from another angle – a walking tour of sites of explosions from 1840 to 1992. Boilers, chemicals, fireworks, gas and gunpowder have all caused death and destruction in the area. Chris Marsden will share stories of some of the town’s most violent days. Meet by 2:30pm at St. George’s Square by the statue of Harold Wilson.…

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Walking with Women’s Suffrage in the Colne Valley

Saturday 15 September 2018 at 11:30 am
Free

A guided walk as part of the Discover Huddersfield programme for 2018 and the annual Heritage Open Days. Join suffrage historian Jill Liddington for a five mile walk in the footsteps of local suffragists and suffragettes. The linear route passes the homes and villages of several local campaigners including Helen Studdard, secretary of the Huddersfield NUWSS branch; Elizabeth Pinnance, imprisoned in 1907 for 14 days; and Florence Lockwood a Linthwaite mill owner’s wife and a member of the suffragist NUWSS…

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Discover Historic Almondbury

Sunday 16 September 2018 at 2:30 pm
Free

A guided walk as part of the Discover Huddersfield programme for 2018 and the annual Heritage Open Days. Join Vivien Uff (@bvuff) for a village centre stroll looking at significant buildings described in her recent publication ‘Picture Walking Historic Almondbury’. Dating from a prehistoric hut settlement on top of its well-known Castle Hill and benefitting from lying on an ancient woollen trading route, Almondbury developed earlier than Huddersfield round a crossroads where an Elizabethan market flourished. It has many stories…

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History of the African-Caribbean Community in Huddersfield

Wednesday 19 September 2018 at 1:00 pm
Huddersfield Library & Art Gallery, Princess Alexandra Walk
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD1 2SU United Kingdom
Free

Lunchtime talk given by local historian Natalie Pinnock-Hamilton. Please book a free ticket using the website link below.

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October 2018

Exploring Huddersfield’s Caribbean Heritage

Sunday 7 October 2018 at 2:30 pm
£3

A guided walk as part of the Discover Huddersfield programme for 2018. Join in with Heather Norris Nicholson, Denzil Nurse and Natalie Pinnock-Hamilton for a walk that explores key places associated with the rise and cultural contribution of Huddersfield’s Caribbean community. Come and share migration histories, memories and achievements that stretch over almost seventy years from 1948 when the ‘Windrush Generation’ arrived in the UK aboard the Empire Windrush. Meet by 2:30pm at St. George’s Square by the statue of…

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