The first meeting of the Keighley Co-operative Society was held on this day (9th October) in 1860 at the Turkish Bath Rooms. The meeting was chaired by John Farrar Pickles who was a tea dealer on Low Bridge. Illustration from ‘Half a Century of Co-operation in Keighley – 1860-1910’ by Jos. Rhodes (Fellow of the Institute of Journalists and of the British Esperanto Association), published in 1911.
The History Society gets a mention in the latest edition of ‘Down Your Way’ magazine (available in all good newsagents and supermarkets!). There is an article on one of our recently received collection items – a recruitment leaflet for Hattersley Sons & Co. Ltd. The magazine is also worth tracking down because it features an article by Keighley historian Ian Dewhirst on aircraft visiting Keighley! The magazine also has its own website (downyourway.co.uk).
Just a reminder that the History Society’s monthly guest speaker talk for October is happening this coming Wednesday (10th October). Following his talks on the Romans and the Vikings in Yorkshire, Mark Steel moves on to talk about the Anglo-Saxons in Yorkshire. The talk happens upstairs in Keighley Library. Doors open at 7pm and the talk starts at 7.30pm and lasts for approximately one hour. An access lift is available. Coffee and tea are served. Admission is £3 (£1 for History Society members) and all are welcome.
November’s meeting is the AGM for History Society members only, then December is the return of Kathryn Hughes to talk about rationing in World War One.
As part of the Heritage Open Days weekends, Keighley Shared Parish Church will be open on Friday & Saturday (14th/15th September) for people to come and look around this Grade 2 listed building. Some of the church’s wedding and baptism registers will also be available to view.
Check the Heritage Open Days website for details of more events.
Chances are, many people reading this will have been to the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford. But does anyone remember the Coliseum? Or the Empire? Or the Palace? Next Wednesday’s guest speaker talk is by Tish Lawson and is about the history of the theatres in Bradford.
The History Society organises a guest speaker talk every second Wednesday of the month. Anyone is welcome to attend. The talks are held upstairs in Keighley Library. Doors open at 7pm and the talk starts at 7.30pm and usually last around one hour. Tea and coffee are served. It costs £3 on the door (£1 if you are a History Society member). Please come along.
These are some of the artefacts from the archive that we will be bringing along to our stall at Keighley Show this Saturday (1st September). Gates open at 9am and the Show runs until 5pm. Car parking is free and Keighley Bus Museum will be running free vintage bus rides to the grounds. Look out for the History Society’s big orange marquee, alongside the Men of Worth Project. To find out more about Keighley show click HERE.
Keighley Library officially re-opened on the 17th August 2007, following a £1.1 million refurbishment carried out between February and August that year. Keighley Library is a Grade 2 listed building and was the first public library in England to be funded by Andrew Carnegie. It includes beautiful murals on the walls painted by Alex F. Smith. The Local Studies Library on the first floor is an amazing resource to be cherished by the town.
This postcard from the History Society’s archive is of Devonshire Park in Keighley. It was posted to France on this day (10th August) 110 years ago.