News and events

To see the latest news about our events and for news updates, please follow us on facebook
 Pennine Heritage facebook  HERE ,  
Birchcliffe Centre facebook  HERE,  
and follow us on Twitter HERE

Our blog of Pennine Heritage events and news, past, present and future. Please browse to see more.


Family history course for beginners
Hebden Bridge Local History Society will be running a beginners’ family history course from October 2018. The course will cover the records you need to take your English or Welsh ancestry back to around 1840. It will include births, marriages and deaths, censuses, wills, parish registers, military records and much more. It will also cover drawing family trees, sharing information and using the large genealogy databases.
It is suitable for complete beginners or anyone who has done a bit of research already. The course will be led by a professional genealogist.
Monday evenings 7:30 – 9:30 pm, 1 October – 10 December (with a break for half term)
Where: The Birchcliffe Centre, Birchcliffe Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8DG
Cost: £75 for members of the society and £83 for non-members.
If you would like to sign up for the course please contact Anne Mealia, at the Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Hundreds of ‘lost negatives’ shot in the 50s and 60s by pioneering photographer Alice Longstaff have recently come to light. This exhibition previews a selection of the images alongside Nick  Wilding’s film Secretly Pleased (Heroica Theatre’s play about Alice’s life). The exhibition has been curated by The After Alice Project, preserved by Pennine Horizons Digital Archive and is hosted by Pennine Heritage at the Birchcliffe Centre.

The exhibition runs from June 23rd to July 1st, 11am to 3pm.  Entry is free.

The full collection will be unveiled next year, to accompany the publication of a new book featuring “the lost negagtives”.

For details of other events in the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, please see 

our new exhibition area and shop

Please feel free to pop into the Birchcliffe Centre to have a look at our new exhibition area and shop. We are currently displaying an exhibition featuring artifacts found at Widdop, some of which date back to 6,000BC.

We are open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 1pm.

Flint blades found near Gorple Reservoir.
Part of our exhibition area at Christmas.
E-trails and other publications on sale in our shop.

Family History Meeting Times 2017 -2018

Family History meet twice a month, and welcome visitors who are seeking guidance in tracing their family history.

Saturday 2-5pm
Thursday 2-5pm
7th  October 2017
19th  October 2017
4th  November 2017
16th  November 2017
2nd  December 2017
Not open
6th  January 2018
18th  January 2018
3rd  February 2018
15th  February 2018
3rd  March 2018
15th  March 2018
7th  April 2018
19th  April 2018

Local History Archive Opening Times 2017- 2018

The Hebden Bridge Local History Archive is open to members of the public on the dates shown below.

Wednesday 2-5pm
Saturday 10am -1pm
11th  October 2017
28th  October 2017
8th  November 2017
25th  November 2017
13th  December 2017
Not open
10th  January 2018
27th  January 2018
14th  February 2018
24th  February 2018
14th  March 2018
24th  March 2018
11th  April 2018
28th  April 2018
9th  May 2018
26th  May 2018

For more information visit the Hebden Bridge Local History website HERE

Car park resurfacing

Many thanks to the Community Foundation for Calderdale for their generous grant to improve accessibility to the Birchcliffe Centre. Our lower car park has now been resurfaced, and marked out into parking bays. It will make a big difference for visitors to the centre.


industria art and contemporary photography exhibition 26, 27, 28 August 2017


Hebden Bridge Open Gardens 8-9 July 2017


Pennine Heritage is opening the gardens at the Birchcliffe Centre as part of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival this year. We will be open all day Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July 2017. Please pay us a visit, you may even be treated to a cup of tea !

Our lovely garden with Laburnum in full bloom.
Glorious Pieris in front of the centre.
Aquiligia, or ” Granny’s Bonnet”
Flaming Pieris
Hebden Bridge Open Studios 7-9th July 2017

It is also the weekend of Hebden Bridge Open Studios, so don’t forget to visit our ceramic artists at Holt’s Yard in Hebden Bridge too.

Ceramic vessel made by Lesley Lishman








Click on the link below to visit the Open Studios website, with full details of all 90 artists who are taking part this year.