Calendar

Mar
13
Wed
Martin Greenwood: Percy Monkman – An Extraordinary Bradfordian @ Keighley Library
Mar 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
March’s History Society meeting is open to everyone and will be held at Keighley Library. By day Percy Monkman worked in the same Bradford bank for 40 years, indeed the same office, ending up as chief cashier. Everything else about Percy was totally unconventional. By night, at weekends, on holidays he transformed himself into an entertainer, actor, artist and cartoonist whose work was regularly acclaimed by the public and held in great respect by colleagues. His grandson, Martin Greenwood, has written an affectionate biography and will talk about his grandad’s remarkable life.
The meeting is held upstairs in the Local Studies Library. Doors open at 7pm and Martin’s talk will start at 7.30pm. If arriving after 7pm, please use the side door entrance on Albert Street. Admission is £3.50. Admission is free to History Society members, who also have the option of joining via Zoom (Zoom meeting details are sent out via email a few days in advance).
Apr
10
Wed
David Hardcastle: 120 Years of UK Policing History @ Keighley Library
Apr 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
April’s History Society meeting is open to everyone and will be held at Keighley Library. Retired West Yorkshire Police constable David Hardcastle uses his Mobile Police Museum to tell the story of UK policing, accompanied by a collection of uniforms, hats, helmets, truncheons, handcuffs, and even working 1980s radios. The talk covers the early Victorian period, both world wars, and up to the 21st century. More information at www.themobilepolicemuseum.com
The meeting is held upstairs in the Local Studies Library. Doors open at 7pm and David’s talk will start at 7.30pm. If arriving after 7pm, please use the side door entrance on Albert Street. Admission is £3.50. Admission is free to History Society members, who also have the option of joining via Zoom (Zoom meeting details are sent out via email a few days in advance).
May
8
Wed
Alison Harrop: Lady Mortimer and Edward II – From Skipton to Berkeley Castles @ Keighley Library
May 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
May’s History Society meeting is open to everyone and will be held at Keighley Library. Historian and History Society member Alison Harrop, who writes under the name Alice Mitchell, will be exploring the mystery behind what really happened to King Edward II. This is the meeting rescheduled from 2023.
The meeting is held upstairs in the Local Studies Library. Doors open at 7pm and Alison’s talk will start at 7.30pm. If arriving after 7pm, please use the side door entrance on Albert Street. Admission is £3.50. Admission is free to History Society members, who also have the option of joining via Zoom (Zoom meeting details are sent out via email a few days in advance).
Jun
12
Wed
Pam Brook: Material Worth – Textile innovations in the Aire and Worth Valleys @ Keighley Library
Jun 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
June’s History Society meeting is open to everyone and will be held at Keighley Library. Bradford was always known as “Worstedopolis”, but Keighley and district was known for innovative experimentation with fibres such as artificial silk and inventive knitting yarn combinations along with advances in textile engineering. Historian and History Society member Pam Brook’s talk will discuss some of these innovations together with the area’s contribution to the early textile industry, its connections to East Lancashire and the move from handloom to industrial scale weaving.
The meeting is held upstairs in the Local Studies Library. Doors open at 7pm and Pam’s talk will start at 7.30pm. If arriving after 7pm, please use the side door entrance on Albert Street. Admission is £3.50. Admission is free to History Society members, who also have the option of joining via Zoom (Zoom meeting details are sent out via email a few days in advance).