Kirkburton History Group
The History Group was formed at The Hub Community Centre in early 2011. After mounting an exhibition to show how life in the village had changed over the past sixty years as part of our celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, it was found to be more convenient to meet at the local library for better parking facilities and easier access to reference material.
The group operates weekly meetings on a semi-informal basis with one formal meeting per month. All meetings are held on Fridays starting at 10am in Kirkburton Library and newcomers are very welcome. There is a common interest in history in general but particularly in local history. The membership has changed over the years but there are still 12 active members at any one time.
The group is eager to use a wide range of historical sources relating to the area. Members are always willing to share their knowledge and expertise and assist in any necessary training for research purposes. It is appreciated that not everyone wished to undertake research tasks themselves, but they will still have memories, knowledge and artefacts that can be useful and valuable.
As the centenary of the beginning of World War One drew near, some members worked hard to produce a database record for all the men from the Kirkburton and Highburton villages who had served and survived the conflict, or who had served and died.