University of Huddersfield Archives at Heritage Quay

Colne Valley Labour Party poster from the archive.

Located on the University of Huddersfield campus, the archives hold a range of political records relating to the history of the Labour party and left-wing thought.

Brief History
The University of Huddersfield’s archive service began in the early 1990s although some of its oldest collections were gathered by the academic library (with advice from Keith Laybourn). The service moved into its new home Heritage Quay in October 2014.

The collections cover a wide range of areas but have a strong focus on Labour’s political thought and history, often linked to local organisations or people. Following a Heritage Lottery Fund project, many collections are newly catalogued and available to researchers for the first time.

Library of Arthur Gardiner
Robert Blatchford archive
Colne Valley Labour Party archive
Denby Dale Labour Party
George Henry Wood Collection
Garth Pratt Co-operative Society Library
Sir Joseph Percival William Mallalieu, MP Archive
Noreen Logan Archive (Relating to Huddersfield Labour Party)
Huddersfield Labour Party Archive
Independent Labour Party Pamphlets
Left Book Club Publications Library
Mick Clapham, MP archive
Papers from two other Labour MPs (David Hinchliffe, MP and Terry Wynn, MEP) are contained within the Rugby Football League collections.

You can browse through and download a hard copy version of the catalogues here.

Contact Details
Heritage Quay Queensgate
HD1 3DH.

Tel : 01484 473168
Web :
Link for OPAC :
Email :

Opening Times
Opening Times (research room)
Monday and Tuesday 9.30-17:00
1x Tuesday per month 13:00-19:30

Opening Times (public spaces)
Mon-Fri 08:00-20:00
Fri 10am-2pm
Sat 9:00-17:00
Sun 10:00-16:00

Free Admission

Access Details
Full disabled access.