Huddersfield’s fascinating political history is brought to life in Heritage Quay by the extensive range of collections that document the area’s 20th and 21st century political story. The overarching influence of the labour movement and the Labour Party on this narrative is keenly reflected through the collections. From the emergence and development of the Party’s grass roots to the upper echelons of Westminster there are many stories to be told.
These collections reveal the local realities of the national party political system, and how this system has been informed and influenced by the unique character of Huddersfield’s political landscape. The library of famous statistician G.H. Wood covers economic and social history, education, health, housing and women’s history during the late 19th and early 20th century, and complement more contemporary left-wing publications including the Left Book Club and modern periodicals.
Among our more recent collections are the archives of Labour Party MP and activist Colin Challen, and Kenneth Lomas who was Labour Party MP for Huddersfield West between 1964 and 1979. We also hold the archive of Chickens’ Lib a voluntary pressure group who campaigned on behalf of battery hens.