Presentation for March : The Belgian Refugees in Calderdale

The presentation this March was a fascinating tour through the story of the Belgian refugees who fled the German invasion and came to Calderdale in 1914/15. John Sunderland entertained us in  humorous style and was accompanied by Graham Bradshaw who had collated the research material over the last twelve months. Both are members of the Halifax Great War Heritage Society and the ‘double act’ approach made for a very relaxed and enjoyable evening. Perhaps the ‘glamourous assistant’ approach is a model for the future ?

We were very pleased to receive a thank you email from a trio of the guests who attended our showing of the Malins’ film on the Battle of the Somme in February :-

We were very grateful to be put so much at ease by the relaxed and friendly welcome.  The hospitality was remarkable – such a generously shared, comfortable venue (we were expecting bare boards and bits of old machinery heaped in the corners).  It was impossible not to smile when you topped the coffee and biscuits with ice cream – a marvellous idea.

The next presentation on 17 April at the Old Mill is by David Millichope on ‘The Halifax War Machine’  and is a look at how the industrial landscape of Halifax became transformed by the concept of Total War.  More details by clicking the DIARY button above.