Bradford Libraries Family History courses in October 2017

People can trace their roots and find out more about their ancestors on courses starting soon at Bradford libraries Family History Courses will be starting soon at Bradford Local Studies Library, Keighley Local Studies Library and Ilkley Library. Researching family history can be a rewarding and exciting experience and these courses can help to guide … Continue reading Bradford Libraries Family History courses in October 2017

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Basque Child Refugees from Northern Spain welcomed in Keighley and Bradford, 1937-1939

To mark the 80th Anniversary of the arrival of child refugees a talk and an exhibition will be held in Keighley Local Studies library on Saturday 28th October at 2.00pm by Simon Martinez and John Birkbeck.. On the 13 September 1937, the Morton Banks Sanatorium in East Riddlesden and the Dr Barnardo children’s home on … Continue reading Basque Child Refugees from Northern Spain welcomed in Keighley and Bradford, 1937-1939

Keighley Library Music and Heritage Day – A Report

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The day was a big success with the stands from Keighley and District Local History Society, and Family History Society, Men of Worth and Keighley Schools’ Heritage and Airedale Writers Circle proving as popular as ever and garnering new interest.

There were over 700 people through the door over the course of the day. Keighley library staff organised an American style diner with costumes by Anne Watkins.

Throughout the day there was a focus on Keighley’s musical heritage. All the bands were excellent and Little Notes proved especially popular at Rhymetime with parents and children alike.

Gary Cavanagh’s talk about Keighley’s musical heritage in the 1960s and 1970s went down a treat with some original band members in the audience speaking up and everyone enjoyed the CDs he played of original recordings of Keighley bands and singers.

The Presidents had a fantastic reception and were very popular indeed with many…

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Treasure of the Week No. 16: ‘Rhodes’s Lump Butter is Always Unique’

JND 233/1 (Please quote this number if requesting this item) RHODES & SONS.   Bradford: Past & Present. A Sketch of the Progress of the Town from the Earliest Period.   Bradford: J. F. Rhodes & Sons, 54 Kirkgate, 1890. 98 pages. This is a remarkable book. So also was 98 pages for 1d.! It is a … Continue reading Treasure of the Week No. 16: ‘Rhodes’s Lump Butter is Always Unique’

Book Review: Punjab to Bradford: Life Stories of Punjabi Immigrants in Bradford

Punjab to Bradford: Life Stories of Punjabi Immigrants in Bradford. By Ramindar Singh and Kashmir Singh Rajput. Privately published (ramindar.singh@ntlworld.com), 2013 204 pp.  ISBN: 978-0-907734-71-10.  £10.00. Available at Bradford Libraries This book presents the lives of 44 Punjabi migrants who came to Bradford in the 1950s and made the city their home. With only a … Continue reading Book Review: Punjab to Bradford: Life Stories of Punjabi Immigrants in Bradford

Neglected Bradford Industries: Limestone & lime-burning

Bradford is famous for spinning and weaving but textile production was only one of a group of important industries which 'Worstedopolis' supported. Since several  are now almost forgotten by contemporary citizens I should like to draw attention to those which seem unreasonably neglected, in a series of short articles. Limestone was a most valuable commodity. … Continue reading Neglected Bradford Industries: Limestone & lime-burning

Treasure of the week no. 15: Tinners and bonnet-makers: The working classes of 1851

JND 197/23 (Please quote this number if requesting this item) BAKER, Robert.  The Present Condition of the Working Classes. Considered in two lectures delivered before members of the Bradford Church Institute. Bradford: H. O. Mawson, C. Stansfield, J. Dale, H. B. Byles, and other Booksellers.  1851. 62 pages. I recommend this substantial booklet to anyone … Continue reading Treasure of the week no. 15: Tinners and bonnet-makers: The working classes of 1851

TREASURE OF THE WEEK No. 14: POLICE DUTIES IN 1848

JND 197/17 (Please quote this number if requesting this item) BRADFORD CONSTABULARY FORCE. Instructions for the Bradford Constabulary Force. Bradford, J. Dale, Printer. 1848. 76 pages. This weighty booklet published ‘By Order of the Watch Committee’, describe the duties of the early police force in Bradford. After describing the duties of the various ranks of … Continue reading TREASURE OF THE WEEK No. 14: POLICE DUTIES IN 1848