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Local History Archive
The Society organises a winter programme from September to March

BirchcliffeThe collection is now housed at the Birchcliffe Centre in Hebden Bridge. We have an extensive and ever-expanding collection of documents, images, audio recordings, and other artefacts relevant to the history of Hebden Bridge and the surrounding area. The on-line version of our archive catalogue is under development. The latest version can be obtained here:

Local History Collection Catalogue and downloads

Access to the archive is only available to members and the archive is open on the second Wednesday and fourth Saturday of the month. Dates and times for 2015-2016 are available here.  Requests by non members for information or access to particular documents should be made via the Query page.

Archive Collection Policy
The archive is a living collection. Its role is just as much to collect material about what is happening now in Hebden Bridge and the Upper Calder Valley as it is to preserve records of the past. What we collect today will be the records of research by future generations. If any member would like to suggest, provide or donate material that they think suitable for collection please contact the librarian.

The Society’s collection policy has recently been restated by the Committee and is as follows:

  • The Society collects everything published about the Hebden Bridge area, that helps inform the history of the area. The Hebden Bridge area includes Heptonstall, Stansfield, Wadsworth,  Erringden, Langfield, Midgley and Sowerby

  • The Society may also acquire other pertinent published material, particularly about Calderdale and West Yorkshire that helps inform the history of the Hebden Bridge area.
Spring 2016 newsletter

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Family History

The group runs a popular programme of workshops and drop-in sessions at the Birchcliffe Centre

Churn Milk Joan

Upper Calderdale's suitability for the preservation of local cultural tradition is nowhere shown as strongly as in its wealth of folk tales about places, many of which are still being passed on by word of mouth.

Midgley Moor

For some years now a small group of friends has been exploring the evidence for prehistoric activity in the South Pennines.