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.
The Fourth World Congress of Psychogeography also takes place in Huddersfield over the same weekend.
Details of the Society’s 2017/18 season of Monday evening talks is given below:
All of the talks (with the exception of the Luddite Memorial Lecture) 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).
The talks are free for members of the society to attend. Admission for non-members is £2.
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.
Issue 28 of Huddersfield Local History Societ Journal is now available!
Current members of the Society receive a free complimentary copy of the journal. However, if we can’t tempt you to join today, you can order a copy of the journal for £4.00 (excluding postage). We’ve also introduced a downloadable PDF version which has the exact same formatting as the print edition but incurs no extra postage costs.
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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.
Extensively illustrated, the 168-page book is available at £5.00.
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Other World War I commemorative activities locally are outlined on our World War I page.
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.
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