Project updates

Want to know more about Wild Rose Heritage and Arts? Why not come to our Talk and Presentation on the completion of ten years of activities, archiving and recording. Tony Wright will be talking to the Hebden Bridge Local History Society at the Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge at 7:30 on 9th January 2013. Non-members charge - £2. Learn about people’s lives from WWI to the Present.


Crag Stories Guided Walk, Hardcastle Crags – September 8th 2012 11:00 start, at National Trust or Blue Pig car parks.

It will be a moderate walk, about 2.5 hours, between 2 and 3 miles round trip looking at the folklore, industrial history including old mill sites, associated oral history, and some natural history.

Much of this walk is on National Trust land, though some is owned by the Scouts or private. Wear appropriate footwear and clothing. No charge, but donations welcome. If the weather is poor, buses available from Hebden Bridge to New Bridge. Food and sustenance available at Gibson Mill and Blue Pig Working Men’s Club. For more information contact Tony Wright on 01422 843398 or


11th August 2012, 11:00 am start at the old bridge in Hebden Bridge. Join our Guided Heritage Walk called \\\'The Things That Aren\\\'t There Anymore.\\\' Find out about the changes that have taken place in Hebden Brtidge Town Centre. No charge, but donations welcome. An easy walk. Wear appropriate footware and clothing.Just show up or for further information contact Tony Wright on 01422 843398 or

Colden Valley Guided Walk - 2012 - We are again leading a walk up the Colden Valley. Join us, Wild Rose Heritage and Arts, as we lead a guided historical walk up the Colder Valley on Saturday, 19th May starting at 11:00 am, from the bottom of Church Lane, by the turning circle, Mytholm, Hebden Bridge. It will be a moderate walk, about 2 hours, between 3 and 4 miles looking at the industrial history of the valley including old mill sites, associated oral history and some natural history. This area is now considered a nature reserve. Wear appropriate footwear and clothing. No charge, but donations welcome. If the weather is poor, buses available at half way for return journey with 3 local pubs nearby for food and sustenance.

ALTERNATIVE LIFESTYLES PROJECT - We are now one year into our two-year ‘Alternative Lifestyles’ Project. We have nearly 30 fascinating interviews from various age groups, looking at the themes of creativity and the environment, which will be continued into year two of the project.

We have inter-generational interviews and self created performances from Colden School pupils.

During the National Heritage Week last September, we inaugurated our new Crags Stories Walk, which includes historical and oral testimonies from Lady Royd School (now demolished) given to us by the National Trust Hardcastle Crags and contemporary interviews covering Midgehole to Gibson Mill including the ‘Blue Pig.’ Can you guess how it got its name?

We delivered our annual Colden Valley Walk in May and will continue this event every year.

We gave a presentation at the National Oral History Society Conference at Sunderland University last July, which was very well received.

Next year we will collect over 30 interviews working with Riverside School on these and pupil performances. Storytelling sessions will take place in various venues. Our work with partner groups Calderdale MBC Museums Service, West Yorkshire Archive Service and Pennine Horizons will allow us to share our material with a wider audience.

Look out for our new walk around the centre of Hebden Bridge called, “The Things That Aren’t There Anymore.’

We will be giving presentations to the Hebden Bridge Local History Group and the Regional Oral History Society Conference.

CRAG STORIES - A guided heritage walk around Hardcastle Crags starting at the Blue Pig to Gibson Mill and back. Incorporating folklore, industrial history, oral history and natural history. Starting at 11:00 am Saturday, 11 September 2011. All welcome, children over 7 and dogs on a lead. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. No charge, but donations welcome.

ALTERNATIVE LIFESTYLE PROJECT - Wild Rose Heritage and Arts has secured further funding for our Alternative Lifestyle 2 Year Project. We will be looking at the themes of creativity and green issues. We will be working with Colden and Riverside Schools getting Year 6 pupils interviewing older members of the public and developing their own performances. We will, also, be developing new stories for performance and two new walks. We will be presenting to the Oral History Society National Conference as well as working out new ideas and project possibilities.

GREAT NEWS! Wild Rose Heritage and Arts has secured funding to continue its work. The major bid we were hoping to receive in the autumn of 2008 did not materialize. Although we continued in a limited capacity, primarily researching possible future projects, since late 2009 we began our new work as outlined in the following Press Release.


Calderdale’s oral history charity, Wild Rose Heritage and Arts (WRHaA), has been awarded over £26,000 in grants to fund the first year of its new 4-year project ‘Age to Age.’ The funding was provided by Pennine Prospects ‘Leader Programme’ (£20,650), the Community Foundation For Calderdale (£4982) and Hebden Royd Town Council (£1500).

The project will see WRHaA working with Scout Road School pupils to interview family members and friends about their experiences of work and change in the Valley. Another part of the project involves young people interviewing musicians and skateboarders about their lives and interests. The project’s aim is to collect and preserve life-stories for current and future generations.

Calderdale Theatre School and Calder High School pupils will use these interviews to produce a public performance around Easter next year. Following the success of a pilot project with Sheffield Hallam students, WRHaA will also develop an educational resource pack on local history for use in local schools. Other planned activities include storytelling sessions and a guided walk.

As Project Manager, Tony Wright says “Things have changed, but what hasn’t changed is that history is made up of the lives of real people and local voices can bring alive the experience of change in a way that helps people to understand their environment. We’ve already collected many life-stories from the older inhabitants of the upper Calder Valley and we’ll continue to do this, but what’s really exciting about our new project is that we will be talking to every age group from ten years and upwards. Our vision is that this will be a true reflection of our times.”

Anyone interested in local or oral history will find plenty of interesting material on the WRHaA website Anyone willing to donate photographic or other archive material or volunteer as an interviewee, interviewer, researcher, proof reader, IT audio/visual processor, fund raiser or just to participate generally should contact Tony Wright on 01422 843398 or Help of any kind is always welcome and volunteers’ expenses will be provided.

About Us

Wild Rose Heritage and Arts is a community group which takes it's name from the area in which we are located - the valley ("den") of the wild rose ("Heb") -  Hebden Bridge which is in Calderdale, West Yorkshire.

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Pennine Heritage Ltd.
The Birchcliffe Centre
Hebden Bridge

Phone: 01422 844450
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