Local history on show

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Two very different historical exhibitions will take a fascinating look at life in Hebden Bridge.

As part of the town’s commemoration of the First World War, Hebden Bridge Local History Society and Hebden Royd Council will be mounting an exhibition at the Town Hall focusing on the experience of local people.

Conscription was introduced in 1916, but local tribunals heard the testimony of men seeking exemption from military service, including conscientious objectors.

Women took on more and more roles in the workforce, and locally a strike in the clothing industry led to calls to ‘get these people back to work!’

The exhibition will use memories, photographs and letters to explore what life was like for those in uniform at the front or at home, and will look at the daily lives of those waiting for news from the front line, where a war of attrition was being waged.

The event opens on February 29 and runs until April 2.

The second exhibition covers a much longer stretch of history going back to 4000 BC.

In September, to coincide with the Hebden Bridge Walking Festival, the Hebden Bridge Local History Society will draw on the work of its pre-history section to mount a fascinating exhibition at the Town Hall.

Artefacts that have been pulled from the ground tell the story of settlement in Widdop stretching back thousands of years.

On show in the exhibition will be flint tools and items dating as far as the Bronze Age, as well as more recent finds which give a glimpse of what life was like on these remote hills.

John Shackleton has been researching the ancient settlement of Widdop, and the families, including his own, who made their lives there.

Alongside his story, organisers hope to include some important recent archaeological finds from nearby Ridge Rough.

The exhibition opens on September 5.