Key Collections Series: Industry

We have two major industrial collections in the archives at Huddersfield. Both were local businesses and large employers, but they go further than just relating the story of successful businesses. Their position as large employers means they can also tell a social story, of how employees interact with their employers, and how businesses can help chart the story of their employees’ lives.

Industry. HOP-MM-1 Hopkinsons staff c1905
Hopkinsons staff, c1905.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hopkinsons Ltd. was a business with its roots in Huddersfield from 1824, and it remained at the heart of the town until the 1990s when it was bought out by the Weir Group. In addition to information on its products, which included building valves for the military and power stations, it has a range of marketing, exhibition and staff records for over a century. From exquisitely designed plans of their stand area in the Empire exhibition of the 1920s, to the staff magazine of the mid-twentieth century.

 

Industry. Hopkinsons Exhibition Boiler Front 18 Aug 1931
Hopkinsons Exhibition Boiler Front, 18 August 1931.
Industry. Hopkinsons Shipping, Engineering & Machinery Exhibition, Olympia 1935
Hopkinsons stand at the Shipping, Engineering & Machinery Exhibition, Olympia 1935.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This theme is further revealed through the archive of the turbocharger manufacturers Holset Engineering Company Ltd. whose archive continues into the modern day. These collections provide detailed evidence of the engineering processes and business achievements of these companies, but just as importantly, they illustrate the fundamental impact that the development of industry has had on the social, cultural and political history of society through the lives of the individuals they employed and the communities in which they were based.

 

Industry. Holset works, 1950s
Holset Works, 1950s.
Industry. Scania Varis DSII truck engine, c1959, one of eariest turbo applications (1)
Scania Varis DSII truck engine, c1959, one of eariest turbo charger applications provided by Holset

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few collections have a more tacit relationship with industry. Our Textile Fabrics of India collection has its roots in acting as a promotional tool for Northern industrial mills to copy the patterns and styles popular in 1860s India in order to be able to sell their goods into that market. There are major links between aspects of industry and the university institutional collection. From the early days of educating their workers on day release or in the evening, to working with the university to accredit students and influence the syllabus, many types of industries and industry bodies feature in both correspondence and principal’s papers.   The library of George Wood also contains a wealth of material on industrial relations and working conditions in the nineteenth century, as well as information on legislative and employers concerns.

 

Catalogued Collections

George Henry Wood Collection – http://heritagequay.org/archives/GHW/

Textile Fabrics of India – http://heritagequay.org/archives/TFI/

 

Uncatalogued Collections

Hopkinsons Limited Archive – http://heritagequay.org/archives/HOP/

Holset Engineering Company Limited Archive – http://heritagequay.org/archives/?keyword=Holset
 

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Key Collections Series: Education

 

Education has been central to the development of Huddersfield for nearly two hundred years. The archive of the University of Huddersfield reflects both an historical interest in giving the working classes a good education, and the philanthropy of local businessmen and land owners, who supported the reading rooms of the mid-19th century. These were the catalyst for the Huddersfield Mechanics’ Institute and the Huddersfield Female Educational Institute, both of which initially taught basic skills to local people on a subscription basis.

 

Plan of main Huddersfield Mechanics Institute Building, opened in 1861
Plan of main Huddersfield Mechanics Institute Building, opened in 1861
Image of Huddersfield Technical School, opened 7 July 1883
Image of Huddersfield Technical School, opened 7 July 1883

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Educational trends then moved toward vocational education, and the institution evolved into the Huddersfield Technical College, which offered day classes to younger students and evening classes to those employed on a full-time basis. Other educational collections include Holly Bank (Technical) Teacher Training College, which focused on producing a new generation of skilled vocational teachers. The records of the West Yorkshire College of Health, the National Adult School Union and the Open College Network are also held in the archive.

 

Education. Polytechnic Charter

 

 

 

 

 

Huddersfield Polytechnic charter, 1972

 

The collections also reflect some areas of research and inter-disciplinary studies (Canter Environmental Psychology; Cullingford and Booth printed collections; Buck Architectural archive).

 

Catalogued Collections: Education

Albert Booth Photographic Library – http://heritagequay.org/archives/BOO/

David Canter Environmental Psychology Library – http://heritagequay.org/archives/DCB/

University of Huddersfield Archive (ongoing) – http://heritagequay.org/archives/HUD/

 

Uncatalogued collections: Education

Andrew Buck Archive – http://heritagequay.org/archives/?keyword=buck%2C+andrew

David Canter Archive –

http://heritagequay.org/archives/?keyword=canter%2C+david+archive

Library of Cedric Cullingford – http://heritagequay.org/archives/?keyword=cedric+cullingford

Open College Network – http://heritagequay.org/archives/?keyword=open+college+network

 

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Key Collections Series: The Arts

The Mikron Theatre Company Collection is a fascinating archive of a mainly canal based theatre company, who have been performing in pub gardens and village halls across the canal network of the UK for over forty years. It contains records of actors and those involved with the running of the company, everything from scripts to research and development folders for shows, their programmes, backdrops and advertising materials. It also charts the administrative story of keeping a small independent theatre company in business through fundraising and funding bid applications and reports.

Arts. Mikron - Pedal Power  Arts. Mikron - Striking the Balance  Arts. Mikron - Our Victor

Mikron Theatre Company production posters

We also have a collection of material and objects from the Huddersfield Amateur Operatic Society, now the Huddersfield Musical Theatre Society. Dating from the beginning of the 20th century, programmes and administrative files tell an official history, but this archive also contains objects, from conductors batons, to dolls used as show props or costume tests.

The repository also contains some excellent nineteenth century collection examples covering the Arts. The Fine Art and Industrial Exhibition was a grand exhibition held to mark the opening of a new Mechanics Institute building, and featured many rooms of material, from grand art old masters, to the latest technology in weaving and chemistry. There are also collections spanning some of the intellectual societies of the town in the nineteenth century, including the Foreign Library Society and the Literary and Scientific Society.

Coming into the 20th century, we have an interesting book collection of the Left Book Club, containing a range of well-known and lesser known socialist themed literature. The records of the local theatre, the Lawrence Batley, are also lodged with us, and we have a large amount of material also relating to theatre in Huddersfield in the 1920s – 1950s in the Kirklees Theatre Trust collection. These collections reveal a side of human expression and emotion across two centuries expressed by both the professional and amateur sphere of Huddersfield society.

Membership pin badges of the Huddersfield Amateur Operatic Society, 1912-1938
Membership pin badges of the Huddersfield Amateur Operatic Society, 1912-1938
Dame Judi Dench lays foundation stone of Lawrence Batley Theatre, 11 September 1993
Dame Judi Dench lays foundation stone of Lawrence Batley Theatre, 11 September 1993

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catalogued Collections: The Arts

Albert Booth Photographic Library – http://heritagequay.org/archives/BOO/

Jo Ogle Needlework Library – http://heritagequay.org/archives/JOG/

Textile Fabrics of India – http://heritagequay.org/archives/TFI/

 

Uncatalogued Collections: The Arts

Albert Booth Photographic Archive – http://heritagequay.org/archives/?keyword=booth+albert+photographic+archive

Huddersfield Amateur Operatic Society Archive – http://heritagequay.org/archives/?keyword=Huddersfield+amateur+operatic

Huddersfield Literary and Scientific Society Party Archive – http://heritagequay.org/archives/?keyword=Literary+and+Scientific

Kirklees Theatre Trust Archive (Incorporating the Lawrence Batley Theatre Collection) – http://heritagequay.org/archives/KTT/

Ian McMillan Memorabilia Collection – http://heritagequay.org/archives/?keyword=ian+mcmillan

Mikron Theatre Company – http://heritagequay.org/archives/?keyword=mikron

 

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