The Town That Bought Itself Exhibition

Coat of arms of Huddersfield

Exactly 100 years ago Huddersfield famously became known as The Town That Bought Itself when the local council purchased much of the land in the town centre and surrounding area. To celebrate the centenary of this remarkable event West Yorkshire Archive Service Kirklees has teamed up with history students at the University of Huddersfield to curate an exhibition of archives that tells the extraordinary story of what happened 100 years ago and what this meant for the people of Huddersfield.

The physical exhibition will be officially launched in Spring 2021, when it will tour venues across Huddersfield town centre, but this September we are delighted to be offering a preview of the full exhibition to mark the 100th anniversary of this seminal moment in Huddersfield’s history. The exhibition will be on display in a pop up shop in The Piazza Centre (directly opposite the entrance to Huddersfield Library) on Saturday 26th September, Monday 28th September & Tuesday 29th September, 11am and 4pm.

Address: Unit 3, The Piazza Centre, Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield, HD1 2RS.

Also available at the pop-up shop will be a new 250-page book, Power in the Land: the Ramsdens in Huddersfield, 1542-1920, published by Huddersfield University Press in association with Huddersfield Local History Society. 

No booking required but please note that shop-style Covid-related rules will be in place to comply with Government guidelines, including restricted numbers, social distancing and the use of face masks and hand sanitiser.

If you don’t live locally, you can view the exhibition banners or read the online version by tapping the button below:

Please contact West Yorkshire Archive Service Kirklees if you have any enquiries regarding the exhibition.