Heritage Open Days is England’s biggest festival of history and culture. Every year, in September, thousands of sites across the country invite you in to explore local treasures of every age, style and function, and many special events are held. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences — and it’s all FREE. In 2019 it will run from 13 to 22 September. All events nationwide are posted on the Heritage Open Days website.
Locally the programme is coordinated by the Kirklees Heritage Open Days Committee, a Borough-wide partnership, supported by Discover Huddersfield. In 2019 the Kirklees programme offers a record total of 68 events, including 30 new ones.
Taking place between the 8th and 16th of June 2019, WOVEN is a celebration of innovation in textiles across Kirklees.
WOVEN is a Kirklees Council initiative that has been created in partnership and collaboration with cultural organisations, artists, education settings, businesses, industry and heritage sites across the district. WOVEN’s theme is generations of innovators, connecting a strong heritage with today’s innovative developments in industry, university research, a strong arts and crafts scene and the creative expression of the district’s rich and diverse communities.
For full details of the events taking place, please see the WOVEN web site:
The Discover Huddersfield season of guided walks for 2019 has been announced. Please see the PDF leaflet for full details and remember to keep an eye on the Discover Huddersfield web site and Twitter feed for details of any changes to the announced programme.
Sunday 31 March — Literary Huddersfield Walk
Sunday 14 April — The University Campus Trail
Sunday 12 May — Punks, Parratt and St Peter’s: Musical Sites of Huddersfield
Thursday 23 May — Exploring Greenhead Park
Sunday 9 June — Huddersfield’s Historic Transport Systems
Thursday 20 June — Huddersfield’s Significant Buildings: A Personal Selection
Sunday 7 July — Lindley Chapels, Grand Houses and Mill Workers: A Walk through Lindley’s Story
Thursday 18 July — Public Art Walk
Thursday 25 July — Hidden Highfields
Sunday 11 August — Huddersfield’s Architecture: What Did the Romans (and Greeks) Do For Us?
Thursday 22 August — Building Stones
Sunday 15 September — Walking with Women’s Suffrage
Thursday 19 September — Almondbury’s Astonishing Past
Saturday 21 September — Surprising Lockwood: From a Beautiful Spa Village to an Industrial Hub
Sunday 22 September — Huddersfield’s Radical Heritage
Sunday 13 October — Huddersfield History with a Caribbean Flavour
Sunday 27 October — The Changing Face of Birkby: From Green Hamlet to Global Suburb
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.