St. John’s Church Talk

History Society member Tim Neal is giving his talk on The History of Ingrow St John’s Church in the church itself next Wednesday (15th September). The talk starts at 7pm. There will be a tea/coffee break halfway through and it should finish around 8.30pm. We are asking for a £3 per person donation to the church to cover refreshments and to go to church funds.

St John’s Church, Ingrow, around 1900. Image from the church’s archive.

New Newsletter

We relaunched our newsletter earlier this year. It’s available exclusively to History Society members. The latest edition is due out this week – fourteen pages of articles and news. It should be in members’ email inboxes any day now!

The History Society’s October-December 2021 newsletter.

Keighley Show 1981

This coming weekend would’ve been the Keighley and District Agricultural Show, but the coronavirus pandemic meant the decision was made not to go ahead this year.

However, to mark the occasion we have just uploaded our latest album of photographs from our Keighley News archive. It’s over 100 photographs from the Keighley Show forty years ago in September 1981.

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This month’s Zoom talk

A reminder that this month’s History Society talk is on “Sideshows, Fairs and Exhibitions in Victorian Times”, given by Tish Lawson. It is happening on Zoom (as are all our meetings until the start of 2022).

The talk is for History Society members only, who should receive their email with details on how to join in the next few days. If you want to join the History Society please see our website or make a comment below and we will be in touch.

‘Doors open’ for the Zoom meeting open at 7pm on Wednesday 8th September. There is an update on History Society business at 7.15 and the talk starts at 7.30pm. The talk usually lasts around one hour.

Old News Becomes New News

The History Society’s discovery of several thousand black-and-white negatives that were taken by the Keighley News has made headlines in this week’s Keighley News! Copies of the paper can be bought in all good newsagents.

The photographs were taken in the early 1980s and cover, amongst other things, sporting events, golden wedding anniversaries, political events, shows and galas, theatrical productions and charity events. A real slice-of-life for early 80s Keighley.

The pictures are being made available to view on the History Society’s Flickr page. It takes a while to scan and label the images, so we are releasing new albums every few weeks. The first few albums can be seen here.

An article about the History Society’s discovery of some 1980s press negatives, from the Keighley News of 19th August 2021.

History Tour of the Town

The History Society held its first face-to-face event since March last year this afternoon, when several members gathered for a guided history tour around the town centre. The tour was led by Tim with welcome input from Joyce and Graham. Thanks to Steve for taking the photographs. We hope everyone who came along enjoyed it, and if there is interest we will look at rerunning it in the future.

History Society tour of the town centre on Church Street, August 2021.
History Society tour of the town centre on Bridge Street, August 2021.
History Society tour of the town centre in Town Hall Square, August 2021. Photograph: Steve Bown.

Keighley News Archive

The History Society has acquired 1,000s of black and white negatives of photographs taken by the Keighley News in the early 1980s. They cover all sorts of topics such as local sporting fixtures, weddings, shows and galas, theatre productions, politics and charity events. The History Society will spend the next few months scanning the negatives and releasing them on Flickr on a month-by-month basis.

The negatives came in small envelopes with some basic labelling and a date, but the History Society is hoping people will get in touch and tell us more about the stories behind the pictures.

The first proper album is available to browse now and has photographs from forty years ago – taken in August 1981.

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August’s Zoom Meeting

This month’s guest speaker talk on Zoom is a Virtual Walk around Keighley Town Centre, illustrated by photographs, maps and vintage images of the town. It is happening on Wednesday 11th August.

The event is for History Society members only but you can join the History Society by going to our website. Members should already have received their email with details on how to join the meeting on Zoom.

‘Doors’ open at 7pm, with the usual History Society update at 7.15pm and the talk itself starts at 7.30pm.

Back to the Eighties

The History Society has recently procured a lot of ex-Keighley News negatives (and we mean a LOT!) from the early 1980s. This photograph of Ingrow St John’s Junior Cricket Team was taken forty years ago on 2nd August 1981. It will take us quite a while to scan and label all the negatives but keep an eye on our Flickr page for more.

Ingrow St John’s Junior Cricket Team, from 2nd August 1981. Image from the History Society’s Keighley News Archive.

Zoom talks for rest of year

The History Society Zoom meetings have been announced for the rest of this year. They are:

11th August – A Virtual Walk Round Keighley. We will be recreating a guided-tour around the town centre through maps, photographs and archive images.

8th September – Sideshows, Fairs and Exhibitions in Victorian Times, a presentation given by regular guest-speaker Tish Lawson.

13th October – North Street and beyond as seen through the lens of Wilfred Moore, a presentation by local historian Eddie Kelly. Some of you will know that Wilfred Moore was the father of Captain Sir Tom Moore as well as being a keen photographer around Keighley.

10th November – Annual General Meeting.8th December – Christmas Meeting, including an archive talk from the late Ian Dewhirst on the theme of Keighley Christmases past.

The meetings are free to paid-up History Society members and take place on Zoom on Wednesday evenings from 7pm. If you would like to join the History Society please comment below or visit our website.

We have already started lining up guest-speakers for 2022 and we are hoping to resume our meetings in the Library as well as continuing to use Zoom. If you are interested in giving a talk to the History Society please get in touch.