October is Family History Month, and here at the University of Huddersfield Press we are proud to be part of the thriving local history scene in Huddersfield. We have a great collection of history-based research for you to indulge in, and to perhaps learn something new this Family History Month.
Margaret Stansfield’s ‘Huddersfield’s Roll of Honour 1914-1922’, serves as a detailed account of 3,439 service personnel from Huddersfield who lost their lives during the First World War. This touching account remembers those who gave their lives for our country, and honours and represents Stansfield’s lifetime work, who sadly passed away in 2012. Who knows, you may discover a name you recognise amongst the lists of honoured soldiers. You can browse the book online or order a printed copy.
The Making of a University by John O’Connell introduces us to the development records of the institution that is now The University of Huddersfield. From the early nineteenth century, where it began as a place of learning to promote the education of the working classes, to becoming a mechanics institution, a female educational institute, and a polytechnic, before, finally, becoming the institution we know today. The late John O’Connell’s original research now resides at the University archives, but you can purchase a print copy of the book for yourself.
John Hargreaves and Hilary Haigh’s Slavery in Yorkshire introduces us to the darker side of our local history. This book explores the many ways in which Richard Oastler set about campaigning and aiding the abolishment of child labour in the Industrial Revolution. This fascinating book opens the readers eyes to the real attitudes towards child labour, and the roles the press and the church played in outlawing the enforcement of child labour. You can order your print copy of the book online.
Beerhouses, Brothels and Bobbies explores policing methods in Huddersfield in the mid-nineteenth century with author, David Taylor, evaluating the issues facing the local area in a hot bed of the West Riding textile production era. This book is available for free via our website or you can purchase a print copy for your bookshelf.