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Meetings Calendar of the Silsden Local History Group

Meetings are held at Silsden Methodist Church, located on Kirkgate in the centre of the town. Parking is available in Wesley Place car park nearby. Doors open at 7:00 pm for a 7:30 pm start. There is a small charge of £2 at the door.

2024 MONDAY EVENING MEETINGS:

Monday 22 January

AGM followed by an illustrated talk entitled, 'The South Craven village of Steeton in the 1800s' by Barbara Hetherington.

Monday 26 February

'The Industrial Revolution in the Pennines' by Stephen Caunce 

Monday 25 March

'How the Driver Brothers kick started the artificial silk industry in Silsden' by David Mason

NO MONDAY EVENING MEETINGS in APRIL or MAY

Monday 24 June

'Child labour in the Keighley coal mines' by Bob Schofield

Monday 22 July

'A navvy's life for me - The Barden Moor Reservoirs and the people who built them' by David Turner

NO MONDAY EVENING MEETING in AUGUST

Monday 23 September

'Grand schemes for Silsden that were never realised' by David Mason

Monday 28 October

'Keighley's Rachel Leach - Entrepreneurial Enigma' by Irene Lofthouse

NO EVENING MEETING in NOVEMBER

Monday 2 December

Our Christmas Do - an informal evening with a table quiz and entertainment

TOWN HALL RESEARCH SESSIONS:

On most Tuesdays following the Monday meetings, research facilities are available in Silsden Town Hall located directly across the road from the Methodist Church. You will have access to the Town's archive materials, which are kept there. These are drop-in sessions and someone will be on hand to help with inquiries concerning local and family history matters. If you have a specific request, than an email (via 'contact us') stating how we might help before you come would give us time to locate any appropriate resources. You are, of course, welcome to just turn up for a chat. There is a pay and display car park close by in the centre of town. There is a request for a small donation to help pay for the hire of the room.

TOWN HALL RESEARCH SESSIONS IN 2024 (2.00 to 4.00pm):

TUESDAYS:

January 23

February 27

March 26

NO MEETING in APRIL or MAY

June 25

July 23

NO MEETING in AUGUST

September 24

October 29

NO MEETING in NOVEMBER

December 3

 

 

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