Due to the ongoing social distancing restrictions, the Society’s current season of monthly Monday evening talks will initially be delivered online from our website and may be subject to change.
This Month’s Talk: Peter Burton — The Holme Valley in the Middle Ages
Peter Burton’s talk is the result of years of study of the local landscape around Holmfirth along with long research into document sources in local study libraries and archives. We will hear about these original records for the medieval Holme Valley and about surviving evidence of the period still present in the landscape. Peter will also introduce a few real individuals from the past who lived in the area during the Middle Ages along with their stories.
Details of how to purchase Peter’s book are given at the end of his talk.
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- 28 Sep 2020 — ‘The town that bought itself’? New light on 1920 — Prof. Edward Royle
- 28 Sep 2020 — Peterloo: The Aftermath in West Yorkshire. Prelude to Insurrection August 1819-March 1820 — Alan Brooke
- 30 Nov 2020 — ‘Wools for the World’ in Railway Street — Dr. Barbara Smith.
- 18 Dec 2020 — ‘People who talk Edgerton’? James R. Gregson and the Huddersfield Thespians — Dr. Christine Verguson.
- 25 Jan 2021 — Highfields: ‘a most handsome’ suburb — David Griffiths.
- 22 Feb 2021 — The Holme Valley in the Middle Ages — Peter Burton.
- 29 Mar 2021 — Veteran’s Voices: Storthes Hall and the Long Shadow of Shell-Shock — Dr. Alice Brumby.
- 26 Apr 2021 — Annual Luddite Memorial Lecture: Radicalism in the West Riding 1790 to 1890 — Prof. Edward Royle.
- 24 May 2021 — Medieval Almondbury and Kirkburton — Dr. Patricia Callum.
Edward Royle — ‘The town that bought itself’? New light on 1920
Alan Brooke — Peterloo: The Aftermath in West Yorkshire
This talk covers the period of the aftermath of the Peterloo Massacre in West Yorkshire and looks at how the event intensified political tensions and polarised opinions, leading to intensified repression by the government and the driving underground of the movement for radical reform of parliament. It also describes some of the social and economic problems affecting textile workers and miners that increased fears of growing class conflict linked to political discontent. The account ends on the eve of the uprising of 1820.
Alan’s talk can also be listened to online or downloaded as an audio podcast.
Dr. Barbara Smith — ‘Wools for the World’ in Railway Street
Dr. Barbara Smith is a volunteer working on the collection of the UK Knitting & Crochet Guild. In this talk for the Huddersfield Local History Society, she recounts the history of two Huddersfield businesses. Greenwoods wool shop was established after the First World War, while Wakefield, Greenwood and Co. was a knitting yarn business which grew out of it, supplying shops throughout the UK and overseas.
Dr. Christine Verguson — ‘People who talk Edgerton’? James R. Gregson and the Huddersfield Thespians
In 2020 the Huddersfield Thespians celebrated their centenary. In this talk Christine Verguson looks at only one aspect of that long history, their relationship with founder member, actor, playwright and producer James R Gregson, who by 1927 was suggesting publicly that the Thespians had lost their way. Despite Gregson’s sometimes tongue-in-cheek criticisms, the talk – focusing on the early years of the Thespians ending with the Second World War – will suggest that the Huddersfield Thespians did provide Huddersfield’s playgoers with more ambitious and challenging productions than they were likely to experience on the professional stage.
David Griffiths — Highfields: a Most Handsome Suburb
The Highfields area was Huddersfield’s first middle-class suburb, developed from the early 1820s with elegant Georgian houses. It was already home to Highfield Chapel, founded in 1771, which was joined by other significant religious and educational institutions throughout the 19th century. Today, cut off from the town centre by the Ring Road, it is neglected and rarely visited. Presenting historic maps and images and contemporary photography, David Griffiths explains how and why the area developed, explores its buildings and institutions, and introduces some significant 19th century figures who shaped the area and lived there. David’s new book on Highfields can be purchased online from Huddersfield Civic Society.
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