July Guest Speaker

Next Wednesday’s (10th July) guest speaker talk is Cross Roads Parish Councillor Peter Clarke talking to us about the history and traditions of the University of Bradford from being a small technical college to becoming a prestigious institution with Harold Wilson as chancellor. His talk is entitled “McKinlay’s People – History & Academic Traditions of the University of Bradford”. It follows other recent ‘broader’ talks such as those on Richard III and the Bradford sweet poisonings.

Guest speaker events happen upstairs at Keighley Library. Doors open at 7pm and talks start at 7.30pm, usually lasting around one hour. A lift is available for anyone with access concerns. Tea and coffee is served. Everyone is welcome and admission costs £3 (£1 for History Society members).

Photographs provided by Peter Clarke and (c) University Archives, Special Collections, University of Bradford.

Guest speaker Peter Clarke

Quarter 3 Newsletter

Our latest newsletter is available now. Read about St John’s Church in Ingrow and find out details of upcoming meetings and events. Anyone is welcome to attend our meetings. Come along and find out more about the Society and how you can support us.

KDLHS Newsletter (Jul-Sep 2019)

Thank You Charlie!

Charlie Bhowmick, MBE, delivered an entertaining talk to History Society members on Wednesday evening. He regaled those present with tales of the culture shock of moving to Keighley from Calcutta in the 1950s; of his meeting the Queen to receive his MBE; of running in the London marathon to raise funds for a Keighley disability charity; and of the pride he feels for the town that has been his home for over 60 years. The History Society would like to say an enormous thanks to Charlie for coming along to talk to us.

Details of the next guest speaker meetings have just been added to the event calendar.

Charlie Bhowmick addresses the History Society at the Local Studies Library in Keighley on 12th June 2019.

Upcoming Guestspeaker

A reminder that the guest speaker this upcoming Wednesday (12th June) will be local celebrity Charlie Bhowmick. It’s also your chance to pick up the latest newsletter with details of the monthly meetings for July through to September.

Charlie Bhowmick came to Keighley from Calcutta in 1954 to study mechanical engineering at Keighley College. In 1963 he became the first Asian to work in local government in Keighley Town Hall as a planning officer. In 2005 he was awarded an MBE for his services to race and inter-faith relations in Keighley. Since his retirement he has tirelessly fundraised for charities like Yorkshire Cancer Research. Charlie will be recounting his memories of Keighley over the last 65 years.

Guest speaker events happen upstairs at Keighley Library. Doors open at 7pm and talks start at 7.30pm, usually lasting around one hour. A lift is available for anyone with access concerns. Tea and coffee is served. Everyone is welcome and admission costs £3 (£1 for History Society members). Image courtesy of Keighley News.

Charlie Bhowmick MBE with a copy of his autobiography, ‘From Calcutta to Keighley’. Photograph (c) Keighley News and used with permission.

Liberal Bazaar 1928

A recent addition to the History Society’s archive – a booklet for a Liberal Association Bazaar held in Keighley in 1928. All the pages have been scanned and uploaded to our Flickr account. As well as some political history of the town written by J. J. Brigg and photographs of various dignitaries of the time, there are dozens of adverts for local businesses.

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Sunny Hill Estate

Sunny Hill Estate in Exley Head was built by J. W. Midgley in the mid-to-late 1920s, with houses for sale from £440 to £550 (or a £40 deposit and then 12 shillings and 9 pence per week). All images are from the History Society’s digital archive on Flickr.

Front page of an advertising brochure for new housing at “Sunny Hill Garden City” (Sunny Hill Grove and Oakworth Road), Exley Head, Keighley. The houses were built by J. W. Midgley in the late 1920s. Part of the Keighley and District Local History Society digital archive.
Advert for the Sunny Hill Estate at Exley Head, built by J. W. Midgley. Pages from a guidebook to a Keighley Division Liberal Association Bazaar, held in the Municipal Hall on the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th October 1928. The original booklet is held in the Keighley and District Local History Society physical archive.
Back page of an advertising brochure for new housing at “Sunny Hill Garden City” (Sunny Hill Grove and Oakworth Road), Exley Head, Keighley. Shows a map of the Sunny Hill Garden City Estate. Part of the Keighley and District Local History Society digital archive.

Guest Speaker Talk This Wednesday

A reminder that this month’s guest speaker is Colin Holt talking about his experiences of National Service in the 1950s. The talk is this Wednesday (8th May), upstairs at Keighley Library, doors open 7pm. Admission costs £3 (£1 for History Society members). Tea and coffee served. All welcome.

Tony Somma, writing home while undertaking his National Service in the mid 1950s. Photograph from the personal collection of History Society chairperson Joyce Newton.

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