RESEARCHERS have been given almost £50,000 to create an archive about Huddersfield’s architectural history.
The Local Architecture Heritage group has received £49,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to carry out a Buildings of Huddersfield Project.
The group is made up of people involved in the university archives department, its School of Art, Design and Architecture, Huddersfield Civic Society and Huddersfield Local History Society.
The aim of the project is to collect information about the architecture of central Huddersfield and make an archive that is accessible to the public.
It will include information from buildings registers between 1870 and 1970, with facts about streets, builders, public buildings and construction work.
There will also be maps, photos, plans and drawings, plus a collection of oral evidence about Huddersfield and its heritage gathered from local people by group members.
Huddersfield has more listed buildings that most other parts of Britain.
Famous buildings include the railway station, Britannia Buildings in St George’s Square, the Town Hall and Lion Chambers.
The grant will also pay for members to be trained in recording information and will cover the cost of conveying the information collected through lectures, workshops, displays, leaflets and a website.
As part of the project, the group plans to hold a day workshop – entitled The Buildings of Huddersfield – in the Castle Hill Suite at the Galpharm Stadium from 10am to 3.30pm on Saturday.
Visitors will hear about the history of Huddersfield buildings and the development of the town between 1870 and 1970.
Tickets for Saturday’s workshop cost £10 and can be bought from project officer Brian Haigh on 01484 422288, extension 1083.