Police History Talk

This month’s History Society meeting will be on Wednesday 10th April 2024. It will be held upstairs in Keighley Library. The guest speaker is Dave Hardcastle of the West Yorkshire-based Mobile Police Museum and the subject is “120 Years of UK Policing”.

Dave is a retired West Yorkshire Police constable with 20 years of service, who offers a light-hearted, unique and engaging presentation of the police service over the last 120 years or more. He presents in period police uniform, accompanied by a collection of genuine police equipment including uniforms, hats, helmets, period truncheons, handcuffs, and even 1980s radios that are in working order for the audience to try. These exhibits date from 1880, covering the early Victorian period, both world wars, and up to the 21st century. The audience can touch and handle these vintage items for a more immersive experience.

Anyone is welcome to attend the meeting. Entry costs £3.50 (free if you are a history society member). The meetings are upstairs in the local studies library of Keighley Library on North Street. Doors open at 7pm, the meeting starts at around 7.20pm and Dave’s presentation will begin at 7.30pm. We finish around 8.30pm. Please use the side entrance to the library on Albert Street if you are arriving after 7pm.

If you wish to join the society you can pay in cash on the night (membership for the rest of 2024 costs £15 or £20 for a couple living at the same address). Members can take part in the meeting via Zoom (although this one will be best experienced in person if you can!) – details will be sent out by Anne-Marie this weekend.

Author: Admin Tim

Tim is a committee member of the Keighley and District Local History Society, with responsibilities for archiving the physical and digital collections, and managing some of the social media channels. He moved to Keighley about 15 years ago and joined the Society to learn more about the area.

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