The Leeds-Liverpool canal at Shipley
I have been asked to tutor this short course on Shipley’s heritage by the Workers’ Educational Association. It runs from 10.00 until 12.00 on three successive Fridays at the Kirkgate Centre in Shipley and will start on the 6th of June 2014. The course will interest to anyone who wants to find out more about the history/archaeology of Shipley and that part of the Aire Valley.
Although the content of the course will to some extent be determined by the experience and interests of the participants, each of the three sessions will focus on a different subject area. These are:
The Soldier’s Trench – a possible stone circle on Brackenahll Green
The pre-industrial landscape 0 Shipley as it is seen now is a product of the Industrial Revolution but prior to that it was a small agrarian community. This session will trace the history of the valley back the first farmers of the Neolithic.
Communications: What has given Shipley its current prominence is the fact that it lies at the junction of two valleys through which turnpike, canal and road must go. This has affected the development of the modern town and is still a live issue today.
Victoria Mills Shipley
Industry: There was a time when much of what is now West Yorkshire was known as the heavy Woollen District so. Shipley had a part to play in this but it also had quarries, engineering works and small manufacturers. Everything, in fact, a small town could want.
The course is free of charge but pre-booking is essential.
This can be done online through the WEA Website or by contacting Jane Bilton (Organiser Bradford and Craven) on 07766 781481.
Prehistoric Rock Art, Ilkley Moor (West Uorkshire, UK)
Last weekend I was speaking on the subject of Teaching Prehistory at KS2 at the annual conference of the History Association. It‘s something that primary school teachers in England will be having to do for the first time from September. It’s also something which teachers are having difficulty finding resources for. In an attempt to help I have uploaded an annotated list of the main websites which I used in preparing the talk and will continue to add more material as I come across sites which I feel will be useful. If you’ve found a site which has been particularly valuable in preparing for your prehistory teaching, please let me know and I’ll add it to the list. Good practice is always worth sharing.
Heritage Education is now offering a new addition to the range of guided walks which it can deliver to local groups and societies. This focuses on the Meanwood Valley, one of the most attractive spots in Leeds. Now a public park, it has been many different things in its long history. In the 19th century it was the home of Edward Oates who built his famous American garden there. Before that the valley had developed as a centre for the regionally important Leeds tanning industry. Even further back the land belonged to the monks of Kirkstall Abbey who had quarries, watermills and smithies there.
For a more detailed description of the walk click here.
ll walks cost £50 for group bookings. A 20% discount is available if you book two or more talks or guided walks.
How to book
To book walk for your group contact me here.