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.
This Month’s Talk
“The History of the Colne Valley Landscape” by Rob Vincent.
Details of the current 2021/22 season of Monday evening talks can be found here.
Our Latest Publication
We are pleased to announce that Colne Valley: A History of a Pennine Landscape by Rob Vincent is now available to purchase!
This book is a tribute to the visual strengths of the Colne Valley’s landscape and a narrative of its development. It is inspired by the author’s experience of living for over 30 years in a house whose built form reflects the Valley’s centuries-long dual economy of domestic cloth making and small-scale farming, and whose stones were quarried from the hillside where it stands. From affection for his family home at Harts Hole grew a wider understanding. and a deeper appreciation, of the landscape as a whole. The book shares both the enthusiasm and the learning that developed during that journey.
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.
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.
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.
This website is always under development and we would like your feedback on how to improve it.