Have a curious month at our libraries

From the history of gin to local oddities, greedy queens to Mr Men books, this month Kirklees libraries are celebrating our community history with a series of guest talks and fun events.

Walks, talks, quizzes and displays…it’s all free and there’s plenty for families as well as local history buffs. We’ve picked out some of the more quirky happenings below, but also take a look at the full list on the event website and find something to interest you.

Curious Kirklees 

Mirfield, Heckmondwike, Kirkburton and Batley – dates vary
Buildings, unique advertising and bats…come and hear about the curiosities of your neighbourhood.

Beerhouses, brothels and bobbies 

Wednesday 17 May 2017, 13:00-14:00 at Huddersfield Library
Come along to hear Professor David Taylor talk about his new book “Beerhouses, brothels and bobbies – policing by consent in Huddersfield and the Huddersfield district in the mid-nineteenth century”.

Eating with Queen Victoria 

Friday 19 May, 14:30-15:30 at Batley Library
A talk about a greedy Queen and book signing by Dr Annie Gray.

The history of gin

Friday 19 May, 19:30 – 20:30 at Holmfirth Library
A guide through four centuries of a spirit to, literally, die for.

There are also other regular activities that libraries across Kirklees host. They include family history sessions with local experts to help you trace your family tree and meetings of local history groups, where you can delve into the history of a particular area in more detail. Ask a member of staff when you next visit a library and they’ll tell you what’s on.

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