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 2018
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
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 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
Among Those Dark Satanic Mills
Hammer and Shears Cast.
The next performance of Among Those Dark Satanic Mills is during Cleckheaton Folk Festival on Saturday 7th July, 1:30pm, in the Mead Hall at The George, Cleckheaton.
28 June 2012
Reflection on Enoch's Hammer Conference
The University of Huddersfield hosted the all-day event which was attended by 62 delegates, many from universities around the UK and overseas.
See the conference report on the University's website.
15 May 2012
Re-publication of Liberty or Death
To commemorate the bi-centenary of the Yorkshire Luddites in 2012, the Huddersfield Local History Society has published a revised and enlarged edition of Liberty or Death: Radicals, Republicans and Luddites 1793 to 1823 by distinguished local historians Alan Brooke & Lesley Kipling.
You can download a PDF with order form, or pay with paypal:
See also: William Horsfall's Last Journey Leaflet.
05 May 2012