Earlier this year, History Society member Jenny Traveller took on the challenge of finding and photographing the sixty Commonwealth War Graves in Utley Cemetery (not as straightforward as it might seem!). She has shared her photographs with the History Society and they are now available to view on our Flickr site. Our thanks to Jenny.
A reminder that our next Zoom talk is this Wednesday (14th April): ‘Criminal Lunacy – From Dock to Asylum in 19th Century Yorkshire’ to be given by archivologist, genealogist, social historian and author David Scrimgeour. This meeting is exclusively for members who have paid to join the History Society. Members should have already received their invite to the meeting by email.
The ‘doors’ will open at 7pm but the meeting won’t start until around 7.30pm. This is to give people the chance to log in to the meeting and to make sure everything is working ok.
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.
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
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.
As the move to vaccinate the country against the coronavirus continues, we came across this photograph recently. It shows Annie Chapman, works nurse at Keighley firm Dean Smith & Grace Ltd., supervising the vaccinations of employees in the company’s surgery in the 1960s.
The photograph is one of a set of photographs taken by the firm’s Photographic Department that have been uploaded onto the History Society’s Flickr page in the past week.
Due to current national restrictions the National Archives are offering free downloads of digitised records to logged-in Registered Users for the duration.
It’s free to register and downloads are for Personal or Educational use only.
Many items relate to people, subjects or places so it’s worth a search to see what you can turn up and then download.
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.
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
10th March – Why Stanbury Never Got a Railway Station by Graham Mitchell
14th April – Criminal Lunacy – From Dock to Asylum in 19th Century Yorkshire by David Scrimgeour
Captain Sir Tom Moore (1920-2021) R.I.P.