150 year celebration of the Batley Charter of Incorporation
Did you know this year marks the 150th anniversary of the Batley Charter of Incorporation? Do you know what the charter is or want to find out more about it? Celebrations will be held in Batley Town Hall where you can see the charter and join in with events and activities to commemorate this milestone.
What is the Charter?
The charter gave Batley the powers to govern itself! The foundation of Batley Borough Council in 1868 was a major milestone, with the town being granted extensive powers to be able to govern itself.
Borough status was achieved by Batley residents who submitted a petition to government, calling for new status and powers. The royal Charter of Incorporation was then granted by Queen Victoria in 1868.
Working together with local organisations
We have worked together with local organisations to celebrate the Batley 150 anniversary and plan activities, displays and events for everyone to enjoy.
Where will the Charter be on display?
The Charter of Incorporation can be viewed at Batley Town Hall, Market Place Batley WF17 5DE.
When is it?
The Charter will be on display on May 13th 10:30am -12:30pm.
What will happen at the event?
The Mayor of Kirklees will open the event at 11am. This will be followed by a talk from Shirley Jones, Head of Conservation, from West Yorkshire Archive Service about the Charter and the conservation work.
There will be a range of displays to see so come along and learn more about the area’s democratic heritage.
Everyone is welcome.
For more information about Batley 150, click here.