Huddersfield 150 is a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the borough of Huddersfield. It’s part of a rich democratic heritage in Kirklees that we can be proud of today. You can take part in events throughout the year, and find out more about Huddersfield’s history. Here are the events we know about so far…
Huddersfield 150: The Exhibition
Opens at 12 noon on Saturday 7th July 2018
On 7th July we’re marking exactly 150 years since the founding of the borough of Huddersfield. This special exhibition of West Yorkshire Archive Service collections has been curated in partnership with the University of Huddersfield and local community groups. On the opening day, there will also be workshops, talks and creative activities to participate in. Free admission.
Open 7th July to 4th November 2018:
Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm
Saturday from 9am to 5pm
Sunday from 10am to 4pm
Huddersfield 150 walk –
Celebrating Civic Initiative
Sunday 8th July 2018 from 10.30am
Local historian David Griffiths will lead a tour of key landmarks of early (and later) civic initiative, recalling the wide range of public services pioneered by Huddersfield Corporation. This walk will be less than two miles. Organised by Discover Huddersfield. £3 per person. No booking required.
Meet: Huddersfield Library steps, Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield HD1 2SU
Walking with Women’s Suffrage –
100 Years of Votes for Women
Sunday 8th July 2018 from 2.30pm
In 1906, the nation’s eyes were trained on Huddersfield. Suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst swept into town and addressed packed meetings. Join historian Jill Liddington to walk in the footsteps of local suffragettes in the year that marks the centenary of the 1918 Act that gave the first voting rights to women.
Jill’s latest book, ‘Vanishing for the Vote’, tells the story of the suffragette boycott of the 1911 census. The walk ends about 4pm with an indoor Q&A session and discussion. Organised by Discover Huddersfield. £3 per person. No booking required.
Meet: St. George’s Square, Huddersfield (at the Harold Wilson Statue)
Our Fight for the Voting Right exhibition
Visit this special exhibition at Tolson Museum to discover the stories of our local suffragists and suffragettes who dared to challenge their traditional roles in society. See the iconic ‘Votes for Women’ banner, designed and created by Linthwaite’s Florence Lockwood. You can also discover many other fascinating local stories, such as that of 16 year old Dora Thewlis who was arrested and imprisoned for marching on Parliament..
Venue: Tolson Museum, Wakefield Road, Dalton, Huddersfield HD5 8DJ
Open: from 12 noon to 5pm (closed Mondays and Fridays).
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