09/04/2017 – Walking with Women’s Suffrage!
The campaign to win Votes for Women was fought nowhere harder than in Edwardian Britain. The international suffrage movement looked across the English Channel aghast at what it saw. Britain, the world’s first industrial nation, had become ‘the storm-centre of the women’s rebellion’. Here ‘delicate women…allowed themselves to be thrown into prison, went on hunger-strike to the verge of death. They suffered for their principles as no other women in any other country have done’.
It was not until 1918 that women won the right to vote ~ and then only women over the age of 30. This Representation of the People Bill became law of the land on 6th February 1918 (and it still took a further ten years before all women over 21 won the vote i.e. equal rights with men).
The centenary of this victory will be celebrated next year, starting on 6th February 2018. Plans to celebrate Vote 100 are already taking shape. In its recent spring Budget, the Government announced a £5m (five million) fund to mark the centenary. And the Prime Minister has just announced that Dame Millicent Fawcett, leader of the suffragists, will be honoured with a statue in Parliament Square. Standing alongside Nelson Mandela and Sir Winston Churchill, hers will be the very first statue of a woman in Parliament Square. And in Manchester, a statue of Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the suffragettes, will also be erected.
Other towns and cities are laying their own plans too, coordinated by local libraries and museums, archives and theatre groups. To find out more about Vote 100 plans, go to www.parliament.uk/vote100
So what will Kirklees do? Huddersfield has a very distinguished Votes for Women history. The town housed a couple of veritable ‘nests of suffragettes’, while Colne Valley was home to talented artist and suffragist Florence Lockwood.
If you’d like to find out more of local suffrage history, please come along today.
27/02/2017 – 2017 is finally here!
Huddersfield’s musical heritage from punk to the parish church organ, lost theatres and cinemas, and the town’s building stones will all feature in the 2017 programme of walks, organised by the Discover Huddersfield partnership
This year’s programme of 16 walks is now available from local information points including libraries, the railway station and various town centre outlets. The programme includes a wide variety of themes designed to attract those who have an interest in the history and heritage of the town.
Other new topics include a walk through Lindley’s story, looking at chapels and grand houses, meeting mill owners and mill workers, a stroll around the rich Georgian and Victorian heritage of Springwood and a themed walked designed especially for families.
These walks supplement a number of popular themes organised in previous years, including walks based on the town’s rail, canal and transport history, women’s suffrage, architecture, Caribbean heritage and, to end the season, the Halloween themed ‘Shuddersfield’ walk.
The first walk of the season, at 2.30pm on Sunday 12 March from St. George’s Square (Harold Wilson statue), will explore the history and places associated with the Irish community in Huddersfield, tracing the background to the many Irish immigrants who came to work on the canals, in textiles, construction and more recently, to study at the University. After the walk a free viewing of a short film ‘The Connemara Connection’ will be shown at the Irish Centre.
The walks, organised for Sunday afternoons and, in summer, Thursday evenings, cover a period from March to late October and cost £3 per person (free for children). No booking is required. Walks generally last approximately 1.5 hours. In addition Discover Huddersfield is again organising a couple of free walks as part of its contribution to the national Heritage Open Days celebrations in September, which offer free access to places that are usually closed to the public as well as a vibrant programme of activities. Download your copy now:
10/10/2016 – New Trails for Discover Huddersfield
A Music Walk and a Caribbean Heritage Walk have been produced by the Discover Huddersfield Partnership, adding to the nine trails already available.
The trails are available free of charge from local information points, including libraries and the railway station.
The Music Trail, has been created by students and staff at the University of Huddersfield, as part of its ‘students as researchers’ strategy. Albert Preston and Ciaran Lourdes-Binsley in History, and Sarah Wells in Textile Practice, worked with professors Rachel Cowgill (Music) and Paul Ward (History) to research and create the trail with the majority of photos taken by Sarah Laurel.
The trail reveals the rich and varied nature of the town’s celebrated musical traditions covering the buildings, the people and the cultural influences that have cemented Huddersfield reputation as a town of musical excellence.
The Caribbean Heritage Trail, prepared by Heather Norris Nicholson, Natalie Pinnock-Hamilton and Denzil Nurse, reveals locations associated with the pioneering decades and cultural contribution of Huddersfield’s Caribbean community. Prompted by labour shortages in the UK after the war, the economic migration brought newcomers, principally from Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad, Grenada, Carriacou and St Lucia, between 1948 and the late 1960s. By then there was a new British born generation and Huddersfield’s Caribbean community was becoming a small but increasingly visible part of local life.
These walks are part of a series produced by the Discover Huddersfield Partnership which cover a number of themes including Huddersfield’s heritage, social history and transport. Further information can be obtained by visiting: www.discoverhuddersfield.com or by contacting Discover Huddersfield at email@example.com or via Facebook or Twitter.
29/09/2016 – Final Walks of the Season
So the time is upon us to start wrapping up our guided walks season – one of which has had many highlights. But don’t put those walking shoes away yet. Over the next few weeks we shall be conducting our final two walks: Caribbean Heritage of Huddersfield on the 9th October and the infamous Shuddersfield Halloween Walk on the 30th October (organised by Rebecca Legg).
As mentioned before, this season has been one with many highlights for the DH team. The Heritage Open Days ‘Lion Walk’ was received by over 120 people – our highest attendance to date. We are already planning things for our new schedule! So look out for our brochure and we look forward to seeing you all on our final couple of walks.
25/08/16 – Heritage Open Days, Huddersfield
The National Event – Heritage Open Days, is coming to Huddersfield! We are working with Huddersfield Civic Society to bring it to life for our town. From the 8-11th September we have several events including 30 free events for everyone to enjoy.
Follow the link below for a full brochure, with all the information you could possibly need, and learn just what makes Huddersfield, Huddersfield.
17/07/16 – Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival
We are currently working with Huddersfield Partnership in the launch of the Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival, the largest festival of its kind in Yorkshire. Among all of the activities to get your taste-buds popping, this is one to look out for:
Real Ale & Cocktail Trail
- Sample some of the delightful real ales & ciders from our wide variety of Microbrewers/Pubs or enjoy the backdrop of Huddersfield whilst sipping on exquisite cocktails
- Featuring 18 venues of Real Ale Pubs and Breweries along with a fine selection of Cocktail Bars across Huddersfield