Coming up on Zoom

Following last week’s talk on Zoom given by Graham Mitchell, we have the next few months lined up. On 14th April, David Scrimgeour will be giving us his talk on ‘Criminal Lunacy – From Dock to Asylum in 19th Century Yorkshire’. On 12th May, Tim Neal will be recounting ‘A History of St John’s Church Ingrow’. On 9th June, Sylvia Valentine will be talking about ‘Vaccination Records for Family History’. And on 14th July, Steve Bown will be telling us about ‘Keighley MPs: Millmen, Offcumdens and Swing’.

Details on all the talks can be found on our website or on our Facebook page. All the talks take place online using Zoom. The meeting starts at 7pm so people can ‘settle in’, then there is an update on History Society business, before the talks start at 7.30pm. Most meeting are only open to paid-up members of the History Society (how to join can be found here). Tim Neal’s talk is an open event and anyone can attend but you need to register your interest.

David Scrimgeour will be giving us his talk ‘Criminal Lunacy – From Dock to Asylum in 19th Century Yorkshire’ to the Keighley and District Local History Society via Zoom on 14th April 2021.
Guest speaker Tim Neal’s talk on the history of St John’s Church in Ingrow is on 12th May 2021.
Sylvia Valentine’s talk on Vaccination Records for Family History is on the 9th June. The main picture is a photograph from Dean Smith & Grace, held in the History Society’s archive.
Keighley MPs John Binns, Sir Swire Smith, Ann Cryer and Sir Robert Clough are just four of the MPs to feature in the talk by guest speaker Steve Bown on 14th July 2021.

Full Steam Ahead

While we undertook our first proper Zoom Speaker’s Meeting in February with a little trepidation, unsure of how people would respond, I think after the second we can say they are successful.

We have to thank Graham Mitchell for bravely and very successfully taking on his very first Zoom meeting, where he was in control of the screen.

Graham told us all about the dealings of the early attempts at bringing Train-lines to the District, some successful and some not. Along with his narrative on the wheeler’s and dealer’s , he showed us the step-changes that the Railways brought to the Villages, Towns and people in general. Graham presented the narrative along with many detailed maps and rare old photographs, as part of his very smooth presentation.

We were glad to see so many of our regular’s and pleased to welcome many new faces. There were 24 people attending in all, two of these actually joined the Society during the presentation.

We are now building up the a programme for the Zoom Speaker’s Meetings for the rest of the year, so keep an eye on the calendar for details.

We have been asked if it would be possible to view the meetings at other times? While we are looking into this, it will probably not be possible when we have outside Speaker’s.

Many thanks to all involved.

Joyce Newton – Chair

Talk This Wednesday

A reminder that this month’s History Society talk is Graham Mitchell explaining “Why Stanbury Never Got a Railway Station”. It is being held on Wednesday 10th March, and ‘doors’ open at 7 pm. The talk is happening online via Zoom and you have to be a paid-up History Society member to join the meeting (for details on how to join the History Society click here). If you are a member you should have had your email with details on how to join the meeting. Please let us know if you have not received it.

Next month’s talk is David Scrimgeour on “Criminal Lunacy – From Dock to Asylum in 19th Century Yorkshire”. Forthcoming talks include a history of St. John’s Church in Ingrow, and a talk on how the town has been represented in Parliament. Keep an eye on the event-listings on Facebook and on our website for more details. Most of these are members-only talks so do join up.

Graham Mitchell, Keighley Station Partnership Team Leader, unveils one of the new history posters at Keighley Railway Station on Tuesday, 10th April 2018. Photograph provided by Graham Mitchell.

Zooming into the future

On Wednesday the 10th February 2021, the Society held it’s first Speaker’s Meeting via Zoom.

This first meeting was to an open meeting to help people find their way around our Flickr Site.

We started with a little update on the donations to the Archives , that we have received recently and then Tim started his presentation about 7:30.

The meeting was well attended, with both Members and Visitors. Steve controlled the meeting, so people could ask questions when they felt the need.

After the presentation the meeting was opened up for general discussion and information that was useful to others.

It was nice to see that once people got talking the conversations flowed as well as they normally do in the Library.

Tim has produced HOW TO guide to guide those of you who couldn’t join us around Flickr.

While the meeting was certainly different I think that we succeeded in making it fun.

Thanks to Steve and Tim for making the meeting possible.

Joyce- Chair

History Society goes Zoom

The History Society is going to start holding its monthly meetings online via the Zoom facility. The first meeting, on 10th February, will be exploring our online archive and the meeting is open to all (although you have to register your interest). The March and April meetings are for paid-up members only (see the Support Us link on the left to see how to join). Click on the links to our Facebook page below to find out more.

10th February – Exploring Our Online Archive
https://www.facebook.com/events/2513690565605997

10th March – Why Stanbury Never Got a Railway Station by Graham Mitchell
https://www.facebook.com/events/174116887455372

14th April – Criminal Lunacy – From Dock to Asylum in 19th Century Yorkshire by David Scrimgeour
https://www.facebook.com/events/420499989169634

On This Day…

Programme cover and cast list for a Keighley Little Theatre production of ‘Dr Angelus’ by James Bridie. The production was staged from 16th to 20th January 1951. It starred and was produced by Eric B. Broster. At this point the President of the Theatre Group was Keighley Mayor, Alderman Ernest Hutchinson.

Keighley Little Theatre was formed in June 1947 when Frederic W. Pye got together with seven like-minded people in a house in Oakworth and discussed the viability of forming a small amateur company to stage plays. In the early months of 1949, the Theatre Group was offered the lease on Devonshire Hall, originally part of the Liberal Club on Scott Street, which had been erected at the very end of the nineteenth century. Devonshire Hall had been used for lectures, functions, dances and so on. A stage and proscenium had to be built with an appropriate new lighting rig.

1951 was a busy year for the Theatre Group. It marked the Festival of Britain, and alongside producing six plays in Devonshire Hall, they also put on two plays as part of the Bronte Festival, performed in Haworth Church School.

The original programme was donated to the History Society by Tim Neal in September 2020. It is held in the History Society’s physical archive. More programmes can be found on the History Society’s Flickr site.

Online AGM and Meeting

The History Society is holding its first online meeting since we are still not able to meet face-to-face. The first meeting will be a combined Annual General Meeting and future planning meeting. It will include a review of 2020, the treasurer’s report, the election of committee members, and then an open discussion about what else the History Society could be doing as we move forward. The meeting is open to both paid-up members and non-members, although only members will be able to vote where appropriate.

The meeting will be on Wednesday 13th January 2021 and will be hosted on Zoom. The meeting will be from 7.30pm to 8.30pm but we will open the ‘doors’ of the meeting at 7pm so that we can make sure people have logged in okay etc.

In order to join the meeting, we will need your email address. Please DO NOT type your email below. But if you would like to join in with the meeting please write a comment below (like “I would like to join in”) and Steve Bown (the Vice-chairperson of the History Society) will get back to you in a private message with the details you need. Or if you have any questions please post them below.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone – and here’s hoping 2021 is a much better year than 2020. The History Society would love to hear your thoughts for the Society in 2021, so we are hosting a meeting on Zoom on the evening of 13th January. More details and information will be posted next week.

To mark the new year we have just published the scans of a 1954 Official Guide to Keighley. The scans were donated by Billy Stride at the end of 2020 and have just been annotated by Tim Neal. The publication carries a history of the town with local photographs and many adverts for local businesses. Click below to see more.

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Christmas Countdown

A Christmas party for employees of Smith Bros. & Foster Ltd., held in the Weaving Shed of North Beck Mills. Smith Bros. was established by John Arthur Smith in 1913. The company had a checkered history, including voluntary liquidation in 1958, but ultimately survives to this day in the form of Pennine Weavers Ltd. Photograph donated by Betty Smith.