Castle Events at Pontefract and Sandal

There will be a large number of events during the summer 2014, ranging from Concerts to Shakespeare, archery to re-enactors.

For more details and booking arrangements visit\castleevents


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.

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