Hebden Bridge Local History Society with their accreditation certificate
Name: Hebden Bridge Local History Society with their accreditation certificate
Description: Hebden Bridge Local History Society with their accreditation certificate
Contributor: West Yorkshire Archive Service
Rights: West Yorkshire Archive Service
We are delighted to announce that Hebden Bridge Local History Society have become the fourth group to complete the Community Archive Accreditation Scheme.

Altogether there are 23 dedicated groups across the five districts of West Yorkshire which are members of the scheme, including Morley Community Archives, Methley Archives and Hebden Bridge’s Pennine Horizons Digital Archives. These groups aim to involve local people in their own history and heritage and are making a real difference to their communities.  Previous events supported by the scheme include a heritage open day in Hebden Bridge, nostalgic fashion show in Morley and weekly coffee mornings to explore the vast community collections held in Methley.  

On 15th March, Hebden Bridge Local History Society was formally accredited by the West Yorkshire Archive Service. Created in 1949 as part of the Hebden Bridge Literary and Scientific Society, the Local History Society is an excellent example of a vibrant community heritage group. It serves the local area with a library and archive at the Birchcliffe Centre and a year-round programme of fascinating talks and events.


Hebden Bridge Local History Society said “The Society has spent over fifty years looking after an archive; we are therefore delighted to receive this Accreditation Award, which demonstrates that we are managing our Archive effectively and to best practice, for the benefit of the community.”


Graham Hebblethwaite, Chief Officer of West Yorkshire Joint Services, which oversees the work of the West Yorkshire Archive Service, says “Our Accreditation Scheme is an important and unique resource for community groups. The West Yorkshire Archive Service is the first to offer a scheme of this kind which provides recognition, support and celebration of the important and dedicated work of community archives in the region. The hard work and achievements of groups such as those already accredited has inspired others to get involved in promoting the diverse and captivating heritage of West Yorkshire and we hope the scheme will continue to grow and grow.”


It is the hope of the Archive Service to engage as many groups as possible in the Accreditation Scheme which has already received national attention. If you are a member of a community archive group and would like more information please get in touch by calling 0113 3939775, emailing educationandoutreach@wyjs.org.uk or by clicking on the Accreditation tab above.