Spring Newsletter – March 2014

Heritage Memorial Garden at Tolson Museum

Before we start. The Garden as it is now.
Before we start. The Garden as it is now.

The Heritage Memorial Garden project, awarded £97,000 by Heritage Lottery, is beginning to take shape. Briefs have been drawn up; one for an artist to work with different communities on the three sculptures in the garden; one for the creation of a time line on the footpath and one for the landscaping of the garden. Work will start in April/May. Several ‘Friends’ have attended a course on how to collect oral history, run by the University of Huddersfield. The Friends will collect stories and reflections from local people who lived in Huddersfield during World War II and those who have served in conflicts since 1945. The information will be recorded and some of it put on an information board in the garden. There will also be information boards on the history of Ravensknowle Hall and garden. The development of the ‘Friends of Tolson and Ravensknowle’ website is underway.

Crosses in memory of service men and women, that have been planted in Huddersfield Market Square, will in future be planted in a special place in the new garden in November.

Young people from Almondbury High School & Language College, King James School and Netherall Learning Campus will plant and look after three areas in the garden. Pupils from the Almondbury Schools Community Partnership will also work on the timeline and students from Kirklees College will be involved in planting and dry stone wall building. ‘Friends’, local residents, the Sea Scouts and other volunteers will help with the ongoing maintenance of the garden.

It is an exciting time – watch out for Spring Newsletter 3

Exhibition – Drawn to Sport

A celebration of the life and artwork of Ken Taylor. Born in Dalton, Ken went to a local school. He excelled at sport, played football for Huddersfield Town and cricket for Yorkshire and England. Also a brilliant artist, his pictures of fellow sportsmen and local scenes as well as sports memorabilia will be on display in Tolson Museum from June.

Tea & Cake

Wednesday afternoons 2.00 – 3.30 at the Tolson Museum

We are delighted to say that for a short slot at the start of each of the following meetings, we are to be joined by a museum curator, who will talk briefly about one of the items in the museum. This is an opportunity to hear an expert explain the importance of some items of our heritage.

9th April. Memories of conflicts since 1945

14th May. Heritage Memorial Garden update. Join the beginners bowls group.

11th June. Preview of ‘Drawn to Sport’ exhibition. Bowls group.

9th July. Explore the new garden. Bowls group.


The ‘Friends’ will have a stall at the following events:

  • 27th March. For King, Queen & Country. 7pm  Huddersfield Town Hall.
  • 21st June. Huddersfield Histories.  12pm – 4pm. New student area.  Huddersfield University.
  • 29th June. Ravensknowle Gala. Ravensknowle Park.  12pm – 5pm
  • 16th August.  Bark in the Park. Ravensknowle Park. 12pm – 4pm.

Classic Motorbike Rally

Ravensknowle Park
Sunday 14th September
Friends Heritage Weekend event

Heritage Memorial Garden

Ravensknowle Park
Launch June 2014
Date to be confirmed

About Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle

The Committee of Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle meet once a month to plan the programme for the local community and support the work of the Museum. We look after the Heritage Memorial Garden. We would welcome any one who is interested in working with us.

For more information please contact Volunteer Ann, Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle. m: 07803159506 email: secretary@friendsoftolson.org