• UAU

    Up and Under Project Archive Fonds

    This collection will be catalogued by Dec 2018.

    Plus website - transferred to CLS Dec 2010.
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  • WFA

    Whitley Family Papers Fonds

    Papers belonging to members of the wider family of J.H. Whitley, former Speaker of the House of Commons and Chairman of the BBC.
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  • WGH

    Huddersfield Branch of the British Federation of Women Graduates Fonds

    This collection contains the records of the Huddersfield branch of the British Federation of Women Graduates. It contains minutes of meetings, membership records, treasurer and president project files and cuttings of the activities of the federation. It also contains photographs and records of individual members, details of anniversaries, and copies of nationally and regionally important circulars.
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  • WHS

    Wesley Historical Society (Yorkshire) Collection Fonds

    This major collection comprises more than 25,000 printed items and some manuscripts related to Yorkshire Methodism that supplements official records deposited in the various Yorkshire local authority archives. It has a considerable number of chapel histories (but no registers) and supporting biographies/autobiographies.

    There are also general Methodist histories, Conference minutes, the Methodist Recorder newspaper and other journals and magazines.

    The collection is maintained by the Wesley Historical Society Yorkshire. Further information about the Society may be obtained from
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  • WMB

    Bell, William, Archive Fonds

    Early 20th century
    Architectural drawings collection.
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  • WOA

    Wombwell and Oxford Authentics Cricket Club Archive Fonds

    20th century
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  • WOO

    Guy Woolfenden Collection Fonds

    1978 to 2007
    Ten scores for various band arrangements.
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    West Yorkshire College of Health Studies Archive Fonds

    1943 - 1996
    The archive includes governance records and a large series of student records. Artefacts such as trophies and badges are also included.
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  • YEA

    Yorkshire Educational Association for the Building Industry Archive Fonds

    This collection contains administrative records, conference and committee papers, governance records, financial papers, newsletters, reports and papers relating to courses and exhibitions organised by the Yorkshire Educational Association for the Building Industry (YEABI). There are records relating to the YEABI's role as an advisory body to the Yorkshire Council for Further Education (YCFE) and, through them, to central government. The archive contains material relating to the YEABI's role in monitoring, researching and ensuring quality in the field of building education.

    The YEABI worked alongside other organisations in the building industry, the architectural world and with technical colleges. The archives therefore contain records relating to the North Western Educational Association for the Building Industry ( NWEABI), the Institute of Builders (IOB), and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), amongst other bodies.
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  • YEO

    Yeoman Warder Oral History Project Fonds

    The Yeoman Warder Oral History Project, based at the Arms and Armour Research Group and the Centre for Oral History Research at the University of Huddersfield, aimed to investigate the lives of Yeoman Warders at the Tower of London. The project began in May 2010 in collaboration between the University of Huddersfield and the Historic Royal Palaces and completed in summer 2011.

    The records were transferred to Heritage Quay in Sept 2018. We aim to complete the catalogue by summer 2019. Please contact us for further details.

    The project website described the project as follows:
    The Yeoman Warders (colloquially, but mistakenly, known as ‘beefeaters’) are a quintessential part of British history. The Yeoman Warders have their origins with the monarch’s own personal body guards, the Yeoman of the Guard, a military corps whose roots can be traced back to 1485. Yeoman Warders and Yeoman of the Guard are often confused, probably because both bodies share virtually the same red and gilt ceremonial costume (Gilbert and Sullivan also perpetuated this common mistake in their operetta, The Yeoman of the Guard, which is set in the Tower of London). The Yeoman Warders, however, are a distinct cadre whose historic duties rested entirely with guarding the Tower of London. The Tower was used as a Royal Palace until sixteenth century, and also as a prison, where state prisoners were held. The Tower has long ceased to be used as a royal palace or a prison and the duties of the Yeoman Warder are now largely confined to guiding parties of tourists.

    The Yeoman Warders have become a tourist attraction in their own right and one of the ‘must see’ sights of London. Unlike the ‘reinvented’ late nineteenth-century traditions of royal pageantry described by the historian, David Cannadine, many of the ceremonies connected to the Tower of London and performed by Yeoman Warders are of significantly greater antiquity. The Ceremony of the Keys is said to have been performed nightly for the last 700 years, unbroken except by incendiary bombs dropped during the Second World War. Similarly the ceremony welcoming new Yeoman Warders and the ritual ‘Beating of the Bounds,’ which takes place every three years, are claimed to be of part of a centuries old tradition. It is this sense of timeless tradition (reinforced by their anachronistic costume) which gives the Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London their popular appeal. Their distinctive Tudor costumes and their highly visible role at the historic Tower of London have made them iconic symbols of ‘Britishness’. Yet we have very little knowledge of the Yeoman Warders as individuals. This oral history project will give a unique insight into the life of the Yeoman Warder and shed light on popular ideas of British identity.
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