25 SEPTEMBER – ERIC JACKSON: THE BARNBOW LASSES
The first talk in the new season is about the building and operation of the National Shell Filling factory at Barnbow, near Leeds during World War One, and the dreadful explosion during 1916 which killed so many of the female workers.
One of the Society’s most popular talks in recent years was given by Ossett resident Douglas Brammer, who accompanied a slide show of many of his local sketches with memories and reminiscences of the town in the 1940s and 1950s. Although sadly, Douglas has since died, his sketches and local knowledge live on in a new book edited by Alan Howe. The book was launched at Holy Trinity Church and Ossett Town Hall on Saturday 9th September, part of the Heritage Open Days celebrations. It is now on sale in Ossett Library.
OSSETT LOCAL AND FAMILY HISTORY NETWORK
The network meets monthly with the aim of bringing together both beginners and more experienced local and family historians in order to exchange advice and information. Meetings are held on the second Friday of each month, usually in Ossett Library. However, as the Library is currently in temporary premises, meetings will be held in Horbury Library from 11.00am to 12.30pm. There will be no meeting in September. In October we will not be meeting in Horbury Library, but will be making a visit to the British Library, Boston Spa on Wednesday 25th October