The Hebden Bridge Local History Society was formed in 1949 and is a section of the Hebden Bridge Literary and Scientific Society which celebrated its hundredth anniversary in 2005.
The Society organises a winter programme from September to March on Wednesdays at the Methodist Church Hall in Hebden Bridge at 7:30 pm. Summer walks and other activities are arranged for the rest of the year. More info
The Society's archive and library is housed at the Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge. The collection is available for members to use on the second Wednesday and fourth Saturday of each month. More info
Donations to archive: we welcome contributions of photos and documents, even from the recent past. Please email for further info
A catalogue of the Society's collection is under development - the latest version is available here in pdf format.
One of the many projects the Society is currently working on is the Gibson and Sutcliffe papers, a collection given to us in 2001. The materials had been lying in a room at Croft House in Hebden Bridge, undisturbed for over 50 years. One collection belonged to Abraham Gibson of Greenwood Lee and the other to Sutcliffe & Sutcliffe, architects.
Members of the Society are also transcribing gravestones in Heptonstall churchyard, providing easy access to local information for genealogists.
The group runs a popular programme of workshops and drop-in sessions at the Birchcliffe Centre
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.