Pennine Horizons Digital Archive

About The Archive

The Pennine Horizons Digital Archive is an amazing collection of images gathered over a number of years covering the Calder and her Valleys.

The Pennine Horizons Digital Archive (PHDA) archives exists to select, preserve and make accessible the photographic archival heritage of our community. At PHDA we recognise the research value of all photographs and oral history recordings relating to the Upper Calder Valleys and we are working to establish a living archive for the benefit of future generations.

Ethel Crabtree weaving at Nutclough Mill c.1930. On her right is a dobby, a mechanism for pattern weaving.

Amongst the larger collections are photographs from the Co-operative Heritage Trust, Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Society, Todmorden Antiquarian Society, Hebden Bridge Local History Society, Alice Longstaff Collection, Hebden Bridge Camera Club, Calderdale MBC, to name but a few.

One of the earliest photos of the town looking along Old Gate to the Old Bridge which gives the town its name. The tall chimney of Bridge Mill not yet constructed. Top right the third Birchcliffe Chapel high on the hillside.

This community digital archive also contains many smaller, important collections all of which are fully searchable.

Volunteers hard at work in the archive.

We also hold 500+ oral history recordings, which were produced as a result of a Pennine Heritage project in the early 1980’s. Now digitized, this ‘treasure trove’ of recordings is a wonderful resource to help explain the history of our area and also assists in the preservation of the local dialect.

The PHDA, accredited in 2012 by the West Yorkshire Archive Service, and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, it gives access to over 100 photographic collections deposited by members of the public, professional photographers, societies, businesses and local councils. For anyone interested in photographs of the upper Calder Valley and beyond, there are now over 39,000 images in the archive (December 2017), with over 20,000 to view on this website. All this has been achieved thanks to a dedicated band of volunteers.

To search the collection CLICK HERE

What’s in Your Attic?

As part of our ‘Preserving the Past for Future Generations’, initiative Pennine Horizons Digital Archive hosts ‘Scan-2-Save’ events.

Local residents have a wealth of local history material; particularly old photographs which we would love to add to our collection. This would be a tremendous help with our objective of preserving our heritage but also as an aid for all those people doing their own local and family history research.

If you have anything that you would like to share then please bring the item(s) along to one of these events, where we will have the facility to make a copy right there and then, meaning that you will be able to take the originals home with you.

This is a crucial part of what the PHDA is about, which is, preserving our past for the benefit of future generations. We look forward to seeing you.