The Society organises the following events each year:
- Eight talks, held on Monday evenings from September to May at Huddersfield Town Hall.
- A Saturday seminar each autumn on a theme in local history. In 2013 this looked at Huddersfield 1901-14: a period of calm before the storm?
- A summer outing, usually in June. In 2013 we visited Fixby Hall, home of the ‘Tory Radical’ Richard Oastler.
- And a New Year social event, with food and entertainment.
Non-members are welcome to attend talks (for £2) and the Saturday seminar (£10).
Luddite Memorial Lecture
The Society commemorated the bicentenary of the Luddite uprising in 2012 and has now agreed to organise an annual Luddite Memorial Lecture, on themes from Yorkshire radical history, jointly with the University of Huddersfield.
The first lecture takes place at the University on Thursday 16 January, when Dr Matthew Roberts, of Sheffield Hallam University, will be speaking on ‘Luddism through the Chartist-Looking Glass: Shirley and the Modernisation of Popular Protest‘. The lecture is dedicated to Lesley Kipling (1944-2013), co-author of Liberty or Death. It is free and open to the public but, if you would like to attend, you are asked to book here.
Unveiling of Basque plaque
In 1937, after the bombing of Guernica in the Basque country of northern Spain, nearly 4000 children were offered refuge in Britain from the Spanish Civil War, including 20 boys at the Old Clergy House in Almondbury. The Society has joined forces with the Basque Children of ’37 Association UK to sponsor a plaque for the Old Clergy House, commemorating the town’s hospitality to these children. The plaque was unveiled on Friday 29 November, at the nearby Wesley Centre, by Alvin Diaz and Laurie Diaz-Steptoe (pictured), son and grandson of one of the original residents, Amador Diaz. Click here for the full story of the Basque children’s colony at Almondbury.
Huddersfield Local Studies Library run a Local History Lunchtime Club, every two months on Wednesdays; the 2014 programme has now been published.