Going to the dogs: celebrating fifty years with Professor Keith Laybourn

Keith Laybourn drew on a lifetime of learning and experience for his valedictory lecture this month to an audience filled with colleagues and friends, as Janette Martin reports. Diamond Jubilee Professor Emeritus Keith Laybourn delivered his valedictory lecture, marking fifty years’ service at the University of Huddersfield, to an audience filled with friends, colleagues and former students. Keith’s theme was ‘The politics of working-class gambling … Continue reading Going to the dogs: celebrating fifty years with Professor Keith Laybourn

John L Halstead (1936-2021)

John Halstead, who has died aged 85, was among the earliest members of the Society for the Study of Labour History, and over a period of six decades occupied nearly every post within the Society, contributing his time and expertise unstintingly to serve as editor, chair, secretary and latterly vice-president. Born in Huddersfield, and educated at Highburton Church of England elementary school and Penistone Grammar … Continue reading John L Halstead (1936-2021)

SSLH backs campaign to save Luddite pub from demolition

An 18th century pub that played a central part in the story of Luddism in West Yorkshire faces demolition after plans to replace it with housing were submitted to the local council. The Shears Inn at Liversedge was host to regular gatherings of local croppers at the start of the 19th century, and in early 1812 was the venue for a meeting at which plans … Continue reading SSLH backs campaign to save Luddite pub from demolition

SSLH-backed video puts Caribbean connection at the heart of Huddersfield’s NHS history

A new production from Kirklees Local TV (KLTV) offers a local perspective on the wider history of the National Health Service. Produced as part of Black History Month 2020, the video is made in partnership with the University of Huddersfield and received funded from the Society of Social History and the Society for the Study of Labour History. It can be seen here. The production … Continue reading SSLH-backed video puts Caribbean connection at the heart of Huddersfield’s NHS history

Huddersfield’s NHS: the Caribbean connection

The contribution made by the African Caribbean descent community (ACDC) to the NHS in the Kirklees area of West Yorkshire forms the focus of a local history initiative sponsored by the Society for the Study of Labour History. Led by Professor Barry Doyle and colleagues at the University of Huddersfield, and working with not-for-profit community filmmaker Kirklees Local TV (KLTV), the project will result in a 30-minute digital production, … Continue reading Huddersfield’s NHS: the Caribbean connection

Essays on Chartism in Huddersfield

The Charter, Our Right! Huddersfield Chartism Re-consideredEdited by John A. Hargreaves, featuring essays by Alan Brooke, Matthew Roberts, Malcolm Chase and John Halstead.Published by the Huddersfield Local History Society. “The Huddersfield district lay at the centre of many of the social and political protest and reform movements of the first half of the nineteenth century – Luddism, the war of the unstamped press, the ten-hours … Continue reading Essays on Chartism in Huddersfield