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  1. Alice Longstaff Exhibition

    Hebden Bridge

    Alice Longstaff Exhibition

    Starting 10th Apr 2020
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    An exhibition of the exciting, recently revealed work of Alice Longstaff will be held here at Pennine Heritage, Birchcliffe Centre over the East...

    An exhibition of the exciting, recently revealed work of Alice Longstaff will be held here at Pennine Heritage, Birchcliffe Centre over the Easter weekend, Friday 10 to Monday 13 April, free entry and refreshments will be available.

    Alice was a remarkable Hebden Bridge woman who, 100 years ago and aged 14, was apprenticed to a local photographer. She went on to document the life and times of this small northern town for the next 70 years.

    However, in addition to the usual studio portraits, weddings and local events, Alice more excitingly embraced candid street-style photography, and often used the last few frames in a roll of film to capture the unplanned and incidental. Hundreds of these strong images of Calderdale folk, often gently humorous and affectionate, have recently been rediscovered and they will be the subject of a series of exhibitions provisionally called Through Alice’s Eyes.

    The first of these is that planned for Easter 2020 at the Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge.

    A short video about this new exciting collection is now available. A quality book to accompany these exhibitions will be published by the end of 2020.

    The existing collection of her work is well known by many. It was curated and digitized by ourselves Pennine Heritage and can be seen here.

    There are many stories to be told through this new exhibition:

    • The uniqueness of Alice Longstaff as a female photographer from a small northern town in the 1950’s taking “candid photographs” never published in her lifetime.
    • Alice, the independently minded woman who left school 100 years ago, aged 14, to be apprenticed and become a professional photographer.
    • The ‘lost negatives’ rediscovery.
    • The high quality of the images The street style photography – way ahead of its time and later taken up by Martin Parr, who began his career in Hebden Bridge
    • The culture and stories behind the images
    • The Pennine Heritage aspects of the story and its wider social significance.

     In many ways hers may seem a small life but it was no mean feat to work her way up from apprentice to business owner in a Yorkshire market town and to keep that business going for over 70 years, documenting Hebden Bridge and its people throughout most of the 20th century.

  2. Hebden Bridge Easter Duck Race © HebWeb

    Hebden Bridge

    Hebden Bridge Easter Duck Race 2020

    13th Apr 2020

    Easter Monday brings Duckmania to Hebden Bridge in the form of the annual Duck Race, organised by the Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge. Throughout t...
    Easter Monday brings Duckmania to Hebden Bridge in the form of the annual Duck Race, organised by the Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge. Throughout the day there is a variety of entertainment, including children's rides, charity stalls and live music from a local bands. It's a fun day out for all the family. The Duck Race starts at approximately 3.15pm when the ducks are all launched at the same time into the river from St George's Bridge. See the river turn yellow as up to 10,000 ducks enter the water for the race! Tickets for the Duck Race cost £1 each, available on-line and from numerous shops and pubs in the town,displaying brightly coloured posters, and from the Visitor Centre besides the Marina. Tickets will also be on sale from the Rotary stall in St Georges Square on several weekends before Easter and on Easter Monday. Alongside the duck race, we hold a Business Duck race, starting before the main race at 3.00pm, principally aimed at local businesses and organisations. Any organisation or individual can buy a green, red, or blue duck, at a cost of £10 per duck.
  3. Hebden Bridge Piano Festival

    Hebden Bridge

    Hebden Bridge Piano Festival 2020

    Starting 24th Apr 2020
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    Hebden Bridge Piano Festival - One magical weekend of piano music each April, in the heart of this beautiful Yorkshire town The Festival takes plac...
    Hebden Bridge Piano Festival - One magical weekend of piano music each April, in the heart of this beautiful Yorkshire town The Festival takes place at Hebden Bridge Town Hall and is a mix of free and paid events. Each year, over the three days, we present afternoon and evening concerts, plus lunchtime recitals, given by performers of national and international renown. It is also important to us to showcase talented local amateur pianists and to put on events aimed at people of all ages, including an annual children’s concert presented by one of our headline artists.
  4. Hebden Folk Roots Festival

    Hebden Bridge

    Hebden Folk Roots Festival 2020

    Starting 8th May 2020
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    8th - 10th May 2020 Hebden Folk Roots Festival takes place over the weekend of the 8th, 9th and 10th May 2020, in its sixth year, set against th...
    8th - 10th May 2020 Hebden Folk Roots Festival takes place over the weekend of the 8th, 9th and 10th May 2020, in its sixth year, set against the backdrop of the stunning Calder Valley here in Hebden Bridge. It has evolved into a well attended event in the Folk Roots calendar, attracting people from across the country to experience a unique festival, lovingly created by local musicians and folk music enthusiasts. Details of the acts at this year's festival will be revealed soon.

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