History Hour talks in 2019

Anyone interested in local history is welcome to come along to the free lunchtime History Hours  organised by the Friends and held on the first Wednesday of the month in May, June, July, September, October and November. The sessions run from 12.30pm to 1.30pm at the Greenhead Park Community Room (in the cafe building near the tennis courts) and include talks, walks and other activities on topics related (sometimes loosely!) to Greenhead Park and the local area.

The 2019 programme starts on May 1 when local historian David Griffiths will give an illustrated talk about the pioneering years of the Huddersfield Corporation. Huddersfield was granted a Royal Charter as a borough in 1868, and the 150th anniversary was celebrated last year with the publication of a book, Making up for lost time, edited by David and published by Huddersfield Local History Society. Providing public parks was one of the many projects tackled by the new Corporation, including Greenhead Park which opened in 1884.

We’ll be looking at the history of another Kirklees park on June 5, with speakers Jenifer Devlin and Gill Young from the Friends of Crow Nest Park in Dewsbury. Then it’s back to Huddersfield on July 3 for an illustrated talk by Chris Marsden, whose forthcoming book Huddersfield in 50 buildings is due to be published in March 2019.

Further sessions are planned for September 4, October 2 & November 6 – details will be posted in our monthly events listings.

We’d love to hear from anyone who has photographs, postcards or other items relating to Greenhead Park. Do also contact us if you have any suggestions for future History Hour topics.