On Saturday 7th July it will be 150 years since Huddersfield was granted a Royal Charter as a Municipal Borough. To mark this 150th anniversary, a series of commemorative events have been planned, commencing with the Huddersfield 150 exhibition at Heritage Quay which celebrates the Borough’s rich history. As guardians of the region’s unique documentary heritage, West Yorkshire Archive Service have contributed a number of treasures from the Kirklees Archive Office.
Showcasing Huddersfield’s pioneering approach, the Huddersfield 150 exhibition tells the story of the Borough over the years, with the granting of a Royal Charter being pivotal to Huddersfield’s development into an industrial powerhouse. Within 15 years of inception, the new Borough was managing markets, water and gas supplies, the fire brigade and the police force. The Borough was responsible for some of the country’s earliest council housing and became the first local authority to operate its own tramway in 1883.
Suitable for all ages, the exhibition also brings to life what is was like to live in Huddersfield and shows how the Borough’s landscape has changed over time. Running from Saturday 7th July to Sunday 4th November at Heritage Quay (University of Huddersfield), Huddersfield 150 is a free exhibition. For more information visit www.huddersfield150.org.uk. To find out more about the collections Kirklees Archive Office looks after, visit http://www.wyjs.org.uk/archive-services/our-collections
*Lead image - photograph of steam trams in John William Street (1890s), WYK1450/2/1/3