18 April 2020 at 11:30 am #139Dave PatternKeymaster
I’ve set this message board up to support the Holmfirth Flood Project with the aim that it will help bring together anyone who has in interest in the 1852 and 1944 floods and who would like to be involved in a project to mark the upcoming anniversaries in 2024 and 2027.
My own aim is to put transcriptions of contemporary articles and documents about the floods online, along with research into the victims and their families.
There’s certainly potential for a much large commemorative project, which could include the large number of relevant materials held by West Yorkshire Archive Service. If suitable funding could be secured, that would allow those materials to be properly catalogued and restored, and possibly digitised so that they could be made available online.
If you want to get involved, please register for an account. If you have a Facebook, Google or Twitter account, I’d recommend using that as it simplifies the registration process and means you don’t have to remember a separate password.
Once you’re logged in, you can use the “Subscribe” button if you’d like to be alerted by email whenever new topics or replies are posted.25 April 2020 at 3:39 pm #161Dave PatternKeymaster
To help with researching specific aspects of the floods, I’ve set up synonym searching to allow matches against certain variant spellings. For example, variants of Aner Bailey’s first name include Anor, Enor, Enos, Amor, Haner, and Hanmer. If you try searching for Aner Bailey, matches on the the variant spellings will also be included in the results.15 September 2022 at 7:59 am #8404Deborah WylesParticipant
On behalf of the Holmfirth history group, we are still looking for a ”hook” which we can commence researching.
What about the prequel to the disaster? I did a search in Huddersfield archives which has a lot of documents from the 1830s
The engineering and supervsion/ project management errors. I am going to ask our Civic Society members if they want to help. A structural engineer would be very useful if we can find one.
Other ideas did include what happened to the local population. Did they leave? If so where did they go in search of work/ housing.
But we might choose a totally different approach – it needs to be a team effort.
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