Its just like buses ……

Not surprisingly, things went quiet over Christmas but all of a sudden we are getting information from a number of sources and that’s great!

If your group, project, society or whoever have finalised their 2014 programme of events PLEASE let us know and I will make sure the information is published on the WYHF site.  You can contact either Paul or myself via the ‘Contact Us’ Tab or leave a comment on this post.

We could also do with feedback from those of you attending some of these talks and recommendations for future talks/visits that could be passed on to relevant groups.

Mike T


West Yorkshire Heritage Forum and the First World War

The West Yorkshire Heritage Forum exists to keep all of you, who are interested in preserving aspects of our heritage, informed as to what is going on.

As the anniversary of World War I grows nearer, we know that there are many projects out there which are being set up to celebrate the local heritage.  If you belong to or know of such a group, we would be interested to hear about your project and share it with members of the forum.

We have already heard from the Nidderdale Project and the BBC are about to launch their own project, we look forward to hearing about others.  When we have enough, I can set up a section dedicated to this important heritage topic within our site.

Kirklees Library Services — History Themed Talks and Walks May 2014

Kirklees Library Services have sent the following:



We have some history themed events coming up that I believe your group will be interested in.


Fiona Russell will be giving talks about social historian and author of ‘Food in England’ Dorothy Hartley. These will be 7th May Dewsbury Library, 21st May Lindley Library and 19th June Kirkheaton Library. Dorothy was a quirky individual who toured England in the 1930s by bicycle collecting folk customs and recipes. Fiona will be bringing free samples of some food made from these recipes on the day. Tickets £2.


Local historian Stuart Hartley will be giving a history talk and walk starting at Thornhill Lees Library on Thursday 8th May.  This will be a nostalgic look at the lost industries of Thornhill Lees, with a guided easy level walk around the area (1 mile). Free event 11am to 12.30 pm.


We will have a talk on the Luddites from musician and history lover Boff Whalley on Saturday 10th May which will be followed by a guided 5 mile walk around the area of Liversedge retracting the boot steps of a night time Luddite March from 1812. Meet at All Souls Church Hall, Liversedge for a talk 11-12 followed by a walk until approximately 2.30pm (bring a packed lunch). Tickets are £2.


Please pass on to any interested parties. Tickets are available from this link, ringing 01484 223200 or you can contact us directly by email or by ringing 01484 226364 if you are interested in discounts for group tickets.



Laura Topping

Reader Development Officer

Customer and Exchequer

Red Doles Lane

Huddersfield HD2 1YF


tel: 01484 226364 (8606364) or 07896320545


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Roman Roads in Yorkshire

Just a reminder that Mike Haken will be speaking on the subject of Roman Roads in Yorkshire at a meeting of the Friends of Roman Aldborough.

The talk is at 7.30 pm in Aldborough Village Hall on Thursday 24th April.  All are welcome. Free to FORA members and £4.00 for non-members.

Centre for Canadian Studies – Leeds University

We have just received the following notice:

I work for the Centre for Canadian Studies at the University of Leeds, where I am a PhD student. I’m organising a public lecture by historian Lucille Campey, May 1 2014, about emigration from Yorkshire to Canada. She is a fascinating speaker, and I’m very much hoping her talk will be of interest to members of the public and in particular to local history groups. The talk will be held at the Leeds City Museum.

Click here for full details

Roman Road Excavation – North Yorkshire

A team drawn from the Roman Antiquities Section of YAS and led by South Leeds Archaeology, together with various other groups, have recently been excavating a newly discovered Roman road cutting on the road from Ilkley to Aldborough (Margary 720b) near Ripley Castle.

By kind permission of Sir Thomas Ingilby, there will be guided visits at hourly intervals from 11am until 4pm on Sunday 30th March, where visitors will not only be able to see the excavated remains of the road itself, but also the remains of the revetment structure of the cutting through which it ran, surviving surprisingly well (in parts!) after 1900 years.  Assembly will be at a gate some distance along Hollybank Lane and will be well marked from Ripley Car Park. Please note that the site is about a kilometre walk from Ripley and is in woodland, so stout footwear is recommended, good quality trainers at the very least – there is no vehicular access and dogs will not be permitted.

Enquiries to Mike Haken  RAS Webmaster


Leeds Trinity Archaeology Project

Leeds Trinity Archaeology Project

The primary school history curriculum is changing! From September 2014 pupils in England will be required to learn about everything from prehistory to 1066. This in turn means that understanding of archaeology will become crucial if pupils are to understand the evidence on which our interpretation of the past is based.

To help meet this challenge two groups of student teachers from Leeds Trinity University are working on ways in which archaeology can be used in the primary classroom. This is being undertaken as part of their professional placement which gives students the opportunity to plan their own schemes of work in conjunction with school staff.  The project is being coordinated by Beverley Forrest (Associate Principal Lecturer (Primary Education) at Leeds Trinity University) and Dave Weldrake (Archaeologist and Freelance Heritage Educator).

The students have now finished preparing their schemes of work and will be leading classroom based sessions in the week beginning 17th March to be followed with some small-scale excavation in the subsequent week.

More information and updates can be found on the Heritage Education website.