2021/22 Season

We hoped to be returning to actual meetings for our talks in January 2022, but due to the continuing uncertainty around COVID-19 our January talk has been cancelled. A talk to replace this is being planned for June 2022. Talks will resume in February either in person or online. Please continue to check the website for the latest information about the venue, or type, of each talk. Many thanks for your patience.

Servants of Edgerton: Discovering the women who served the Huddersfield elite by Beverley Norris.

The History of the Colne Valley Landscape by Rob Vincent.

A long-term resident of the Valley, Rob will unpick its various elements – its field pattern and walls, quarries, the effects of its economy on the settlement patterns, the legacy of Non-Conformism on the hillsides, its roads, canal, railway and tracks, and its reservoirs. But he will stress that it’s the combination of all those things that makes the landscape.

Rob’s book — Colne Valley: A History of a Pennine Landscape — is now available to purchase.

‘Fired with Love Unfeigned’: Discovering the Life and Labours of the Reverend Henry Venn, Vicar of St Peter’s Parish Church, Huddersfield 1759-1771 by Lewis Allen.

Venn was a contemporary of Methodist founders John Wesley and George Whitefield, both of whom he worked with, and became one of the best-known figures of the eighteenth century Evangelical Revival. He was a hugely popular parish minister in Huddersfield (from 1759 – 1771) and elsewhere. When he resigned due to chronic ill-health crowds implored him not to leave, and he was sorely missed. His ministry left a lasting legacy in the religious landscape of Huddersfield and its surrounds, nationally and even internationally.

Lewis Allen moved to Huddersfield from London, with his family, to establish what is now Hope Church Huddersfield in 2010, where he is the Senior Pastor.

His talk explores who Venn was, how he came to love the people of Huddersfield and minister to their needs, and how his ministry gives valuable insights into his age – and ours.

Memories of Our Square: Celebrating the History of St George’s Square, Huddersfield by Christine Verguson & Beverley Norris.

In this illustrated talk, drawing on their research to date, Memories of Our Square project coordinators Christine Verguson and Beverley Norris – using snippets from the archives and memories that people have been happy to share – provide glimpses of its past and begin to explore the significance of the role, or indeed roles, St George’s Square has played in the life of our town.

To look back at previous seasons, click here.