There is still chance to see the display by basquechildren.org which will be in Keighley Local Studies until 14th November. In Keighley Local Studies Library Simon Martinez and John Birkbeck recently told the story of the Basque children who came to Keighley to escape the Spanish Civil War in a well-attended talk. In September 1937, … Continue reading Spanish Civil War children sought refuge in Keighley and Bradford in 1937.
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
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. Bradford lies on the northern edge … Continue reading Neglected Bradford industries: Coal mining
Keighley Local Studies Library holds a nationally important collection of books and articles on the Brontë family, Society and Museum. This year marks 200 years since the birth of Patrick Branwell Brontë, the brother of the Brontë sisters. To summarise the life of any of the Brontë children is to put in stark relief the … Continue reading Keighley Local Studies Library: Branwell Brontë
Wednesday 8th March is International Women's Day and today we feature two 'Women of Conviction' active in local historical reforms: Frances Smith and Margaret McMillan. Frances Smith was the first woman to winboth a municipal council election in Keighley and sit on the town's Industrial Co-operative Society in the 1940's and 50's. One of her roles … Continue reading International Women’s Day
In 2011 military historians from the Men of Worth Project carried out a survey of all war memorials in the Keighley area removed from churches and other buildings because of their closure. One of these was from Cross Roads Primitive Methodist Sunday School. A photograph of the original memorial was included in an album in … Continue reading Cross Roads War Memorial is Recreated
All talks are held in the Keighley Local Studies Library and begin at 7.30pm Admission fees; Members £1; Non Members £2.50 www.kdfhs.org.uk Date Subject Speaker January 9 The Great War on the Home Front Ian Dewhirst February 6 The English Woollen Industry 1500 - 1750 Edgar Holroyd - Doveton March 6 Annual … Continue reading Keighley and District Family History Society – Programme of Talks 2017
A talk by Ian Dewhirst is always something to look forward to and, given Ian’s keen interest and admiration for Keighley’s Gordon Bottomley, writer, poet, playwright, art collector, I was particularly eager to hear this one. I was not disappointed. Ian outlined Gordon Bottomley’s early life in Keighley and how local theatre trips with his … Continue reading National Poetry Day the Dewhirst Way!
The next in the series of talks in Keighley Local Studies library organised by the Keighley & District Family History Society will be on Monday 7th November. The talk by John Whitaker will feature the history of Whitakers Chocolatiers (there will be samples!) The meeting opens at 7pm before the speaker begins at 7.30pm and … Continue reading The History of Whitakers Chocolatiers
A photography exhibition illustrating the grass roots beginnings of Asian cricket in Yorkshire will be touring Bradford libraries over the coming weeks. The exhibition contains photographs, taken by cricket enthusiast Mohanlal Mistry, of back-street cricket being played in West Yorkshire in the early 1990s. The exhibition has been displayed at Headlingley Cricket Ground for the one … Continue reading From Parks to Pavilions