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Lavena Saltonstall: local tailoress and suffragette

Heptonstall Museum Church Yard Bottom, Heptonstall, United Kingdom

Author Jill Liddington joins us to tell another story of Hebden Bridge’s involvement in historical change. This time, Lavena Saltonstall, daughter of a fustian dyer who became part of the suffragette movement. Lavena Saltonstall was born in 1881 in the valley below Heptonstall, and around her tenth birthday became a half-time tailoress. In 1906 Lavena got… Read More »Lavena Saltonstall: local tailoress and suffragette

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Life as a Roman Legionary

Heptonstall Museum Church Yard Bottom, Heptonstall, United Kingdom

A real one off event. Meet Steve Welsh, whose personal passion for Roman history has seen him literally walk the talk crossing Hadrian’s Wall in his Roman regalia

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New Worlds Down Under

Heptonstall Museum Church Yard Bottom, Heptonstall, United Kingdom

New Worlds Down Under. In 1788 the First Fleet landed at Botany Bay with its first cohort of convicts including women. The settlement of Australia had begun. The remaining phases were more varied as free settler colonies emerged with women viewed as primary agents of successful settlement. Dr Mary Ellen joins us to explore this… Read More »New Worlds Down Under

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Meeting an Urgent Need – The Deceased Brother’s Widow’s Marriage Act 1921

Heptonstall Museum Church Yard Bottom, Heptonstall, United Kingdom

During the First World War, the British government persistently rejected calls to legalise marriages between a man and the widow of his deceased brother. This talk reviews the debates surrounding calls to change the law which eventually came into force in 1921, laying to rest a curious anomaly that gained emotional and economic importance as… Read More »Meeting an Urgent Need – The Deceased Brother’s Widow’s Marriage Act 1921

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A Spare Church in the Graveyard

Heptonstall Museum Church Yard Bottom, Heptonstall, United Kingdom

St Thomas à Becket, originally a chapel of ease, was built in the 13th century. Until a church was built at Cross Stone near Todmorden in the 1500s, St. Thomas a Becket served all the upper Calder Valley. John Wesley preached there, describing it at the time as “the ugliest I know.” At one time, it… Read More »A Spare Church in the Graveyard

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Ethel Carnie Holdsworth: A Clear Light and a New World

Via Zoom

Jenny Harper joins us for a virtual talk about the inspiring work of Ethel Carnie Holdsworth and the importance of her work involved in The Clear Light, a publication pivotal to the northern political and social landscape of the 1920's.

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