Welcome

Huddersfield Local History Society is a membership organisation for anybody and everybody interested in the history of the town. Our established activities include monthly talks from September to May; a summer outing; an autumn seminar; an annual journal, free to members; and a series of publications. We are keen to recruit new members and to develop opportunities for members to share their interests in local history and work together to find out more about our fascinating town. 

Please explore our website and contact us for further information.

Heritage Open Days 2021

Details of this year’s Heritage Open Days events can now be found on the Discover Huddersfield website.

2021/22 Season of Monthly Talks

Details of the upcoming season of Monday evening talks can be found here.

2021/22 Journal

Our 2021/22 Journal is now out, and just £4.00 for a 80-page issue.

Inside, you’ll find articles on topics such as Victorian cyclists, a year in the life of the corn miller’s daughter, Huddersfield Fire Brigade, Edgerton servants, and the Booth Factory Fire of 1941.

The full list of contents can be found here.

2020/21 Season of Monthly Talks

Due to the ongoing social distancing restrictions, the Society’s last season of talks was delivered online. If you missed any of them, they are all available to watch on our website or on our YouTube channel.

Christmas Special 2020

As a festive treat to our members, our Journal Editor Rob Piggott has compiled a Christmas Special issue which brings together a selection of archive articles and a tinseled treasure trove of Christmas Past from the local area. Full details of the contents can be found here.

A limited number of print copies are now available for purchase.

Our Latest Publication

We are pleased to announce that a newly revised edition of Pamela Cooksey’s Public Lives: The Woodheads – A Notable Family of Huddersfield is now available to purchase for £1.00 as a downloadable 74-page PDF e-book.

The work was originally published by the Society in 1999 as a paperback booklet and the full contents are listed here.

Names, Places & People

Names, Places & People: a selection of articles from Old West Riding, edited by Cyril Pearce.

Old West Riding published 23 editions from 1981 to 1995. It was a joint venture by three local historians – Jennifer Stead, George Redmonds and Cyril Pearce. This collection of over a dozen articles is dedicated to George Redmonds, who died in August 2018.

This book was launched on 23rd November 2019 at our Annual Study Day and is available to order online for £6.95 (+p&p).

George’s final book, Honley: People, Places and Place-Names, has also been published.

Discover Huddersfield

The Society is a partner in Discover Huddersfield, a community-led project with the Huddersfield Partnership, Civic Society, University and Kirklees Libraries just some of the other organisations involved. The project has been supported by funding from Kirklees Council’s High Street Innovation Fund; the aim is to offer new and exciting ways to experience our town through guided walks, talks and trails. Ten printed town trails are now available, including one on Historic Buildings based on our own Town Centre Heritage Trail, and there are almost 20 guided walks in the 2017 programme.

Society members have contributed two new town centre trails to the growing series published by Discover Huddersfield – the Ramsden Heritage Trail and European Exile Communities Trail. These follow the Radical Heritage Trail published in 2014.


Supporting research

The Society is keen to encourage local history research both by individuals and community groups.

We cannot offer to research your local history queries, but we will do our best to point you in the right direction — check out our research resources page or useful links, or contact us. You can also post queries on the forum of the Huddersfield & District Family History Society (which is a separate organisation) or make use of their family history search service; this charges £6 per hour for members, £7 for non-members, and you can contact their research team. Huddersfield Local Studies Library have also set up links to a wide range of family history resources.

Our website

This website is always under development and we would like your feedback on how to improve it.