We sorry to report that Lesley Kipling, Luddite historian and co-author of Liberty and Death, has died. You can read her obituary here
28 September 2013
Alan Brooke, Huddersfield's own self-confessed neo-Luddite and local historian has launched the Underground Histories website. Well worth visiting for rich resources on the history of Luddism
02 June 2013
Luddites at York Castle
22 January 2013
Celebrate the Luddites 200th anniversary
2012 is the 200th anniversary of the Luddites’ uprisings against machinery that was destroying weavers’ livelihoods. Were the Luddites mindless hooligans opposed to progress, or, as EP Thompson suggests, trades unionists fighting for their jobs in desperate conditions?
Time 13:00 - 17:00
The People's History Museum
18 November 2012
17 November 2012
Listen to Dr Matt Roberts (University of Sheffield Hallam) speaking on the Luddite uprisings. BBC History Magazine site - 26 July 2012.
17 August 2012
West Yorkshire Archive Service display
2012 Tour so far:
Halifax Central Library - current display now extended until 10 May.
All of May - display at WYAS, Registry of Deeds, Wakefield.
12th May - display at University of Huddersfield Day School.
14th May - 11th June - at Armley Library.
All of June - at King Cross Library, Halifax.
25th June-28th July - at Lawrence Batley Theatre.
28th Jul - Tolson Museum for Yorkshire Day.
1st Aug-1st Sep - Todmorden Library.
All of Sep - Marsden Mechanics' Institute.
8th-22nd Sep - Shibden Hall, Halifax.
To accompany the 2012 travelling exhibition, a booklet is now available for £2 (£3.10 including p&p) obtainable from all district offices and from the WYAS eshop (Search for 'luddite'). The 25 page booklet aims to give an insight into life in 1812, the major events of riots and murder, as well as the individual stories of some of the Luddites and the personal suffering undergone by their widows and children, who were visited by the Quaker, Thomas Shillitoe.
Halifax Courier - In defence of the Luddites.
Halifax Courier - 200 years on: remembering the Luddite rebellion.
05 July 2012
(includes past events)
Don't miss the next episode of Town
4 June 2013
The BBC2 programme Town with Nicolas Crane visits the Huddersfield to learn more about its history of rugby, rebellion, and high quality cloth. The Luddites are party of the story.
Luddites at York Castle 2013
19 January 2013
York’s Alternative History be hosting an event to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the execution of seventeen Luddites at York Castle. This will take place on Saturday 19th of January 2013
Can You Keep A Secret?
9 September 2012
A Riotous Yell at Shibden Hall
8 September 2012
‘A Riotous Yell’ at Shibden Hall in Halifax.
Come and experience life 200 years ago at the turbulent time of the Luddite Uprising.
Visit the Crispin Inn where plots were hatched and meet the people who made history on our doorstep.
Something to intrigue and entertain the whole family!
Dare you sign the oath?
10am-4pm. Admission Free.
Last Rites of the Luddites play
7 July 2012
A fifteen minute explosion of drama, performed by a ten strong side of Morris Dancers, the Slubbing Billys! Catch them celebrating throughout the bicentenary:
Sat 28 April, 3:00pm, Golcar at Colne Valley Museum’s ‘Luddite Re-enactment Weekend’.
Sat 12 May, 4:30pm, Victoria park, Holmfirth Festival of Folk.
Sun 13 May, 3:00pm, The Church Yard or outside Herveys Wine bar, Holmfirth Festival of Folk.
Sat 7 July, 4:30pm, Outside The Wickham Arms pub, Cleckheaton Folk Festival.
See the Script.
Horbury Library Talk
3 July 2012
To mark the bicentenary of the Yorkshire Luddites, Horbury Library are hosting a talk called, ‘Liberty or Death: Radicals, Republicans and Luddites 1793 – 1823,’ by Alan Brooke at 7:30pm.
Held in partnership with Rickaro Books of Horbury and Huddersfield Local History Society.
Free event. No booking required.
For further information please contact Rickaro Books on 01924 278811 or Horbury Library on 01924 303060.
Horbury Library, Westfield road, Horbury WF4 6HP.