Education has been central to the development of Huddersfield for nearly two hundred years. The University of Huddersfield Archive reflects a
historical interest in giving the working classes a good education, as well as the philanthropy of local businessmen and landowners 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. We hold records relating to both institutions here at Heritage Quay. We provide access to the
University of Huddersfield Student Union Archive, which contains records of the Student Union and its preceding committees and organisations,
as well as student media and publications.
We also hold a variety of material reflecting educational institutions within Huddersfield and the wider Yorkshire region, including the Huddersfield
Branch of the British Federation of Women Graduates, the Holly Bank College of Education (Technical College) and the West Yorkshire College of
Health, plus others.
Heritage Quay also collects a variety of educational library collections, such as the David Canter Environmental Psychology Library, the J. Bottomley
Home Economics Library and the Library of Cedric and Eric Cullingford. If you’re interested in nursing, then you’ll find valuable material within the
Graham Thurgood Archive, the Ruby Ward Archive as well as the oral histories within The Dream Job: Humanitarian Nursing with Médecins Sans
Links to our educational collections are listed below in alphabetical order: