Heritage Open Days 2019

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.

The local brochure can be viewed here and will be widely available in print from about 19th August.

Discover Huddersfield will be offering several free walks, which must be pre-booked. Bookings will open on 24th August.

Discover Huddersfield Walks

Several of the upcoming Discover Huddersfield walks may be of interest to our members:

Huddersfield’s Significant Buildings

What do Huddersfield’s town centre buildings tell us about its history?

Chris Marsden, architectural historian and author of ‘Huddersfield in 50 Buildings’ will lead a guided walk on Thursday 20 June at 7.00pm.

Based on his recently published book, ‘Huddersfield in 50 Buildings’, author and architectural historian, Chris Marsden, will provide an authoritative insight into a wide variety of structures and offer an insight to how they form a critical record of the town’s development.

The walk, organised by the Discover Huddersfield partnership, starts at St. George’s Square (Harold Wilson statue), will last between 1.5 and 2 hours and costs £3 per person. No booking is required.

Lindley Chapels, Grand Houses and Mill Workers

One of the Discover Huddersfield partnership’s most popular guided walks over the past few years will again take place on Sunday 7 July. Local resident, David Verguson, will lead a walk through Lindley’s history, revealing the variety of historical features within one of Huddersfield’s most bustling urban communities.

The walk will uncover the story of the community’s development and the people and stories behind its growth. Following some lesser known footpaths, passing pubs, mills, chapels and grand houses, David will unveil the lives of mill owners and millworkers, Methodists and their memorials, a tinsmith and a sculptor.

The walk, which starts from Lindley Methodist Church on East Street, Lindley, at 2.30pm, will last between 1.5 and 2.0 hours.

The walk costs £3.00 per person but no booking is required.

Sculptures, Statues and Mosaics

An evening guided walk around the centre of Huddersfield will highlight the often overlooked wealth of sculptural and other public art in the town.

Led by Chris Marsden, former chairman of Huddersfield Civic Society and author of the recently published, ‘Huddersfield in 50 Buildings’, the walk will begin at 7.00pm on Thursday 18 July from the Harold Wilson statue in St. George’s Square and last approximately 1.5 hours.

The walk features a number of features of national importance, including the world’s largest ceramic panels at Queensgate Market and the stone figures outside the library as well as superbly carved figures such as on the Kirkgate Buildings, Lloyds TSB and Britannia Buildings.

Chris will reveal the background and artists responsible for the works as well as the stories behind various mosaics including ‘Systematic Sequence in Line and Shade’ and ‘Development of the Woollen Industry’.

The walks costs £3 per person but no booking is required.

Web Site Move

The Huddersfield Local History Society web site has been moved to a new web server.

We hope everything is working after the move but, if you experience any problems, please let us know! You can leave a comment on this page or you can send an email to our web site administrator:

Issue 30 of the Society’s Journal

Issue 30 of Huddersfield Local History Society’s Journal is now available.

Current members of the Society receive a free complimentary copy of the journal. However, if we can’t tempt you to join today, you can order a copy of the journal for £4.00 (excluding postage). There is also a downloadable PDF version which has the exact same formatting as the print edition but incurs no extra postage costs.
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Woven in Kirklees

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:

You can also find WOVEN on social media:

Discover Huddersfield 2019

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