Local History Society launch ‘Memories of Our Square’ competition

Memories of our Square will be taking entries into October 2022.

What does Huddersfield’s St George’s Square mean to you?

As part of their celebration of the Square, and their mission to tell its story, Huddersfield Local History Society’s Memories of Our Square project is launching a photo competition.

You may have taken a picture that shows the full expanse of the Square, one that focuses upon a building or a particular feature, no matter how small. And remember that St George’s Square includes the Lion Arcade and extends along Railway Street to include Estate Buildings.

We are proud to be presenting two prizes of £100 each: a prize for adult photographers as well as one for those who are under 18. All we ask is that your photograph has been taken since the beginning of 2020, that it is of sufficient digital quality to be included in a book due to be published in 2023 and that you tell us where it is in the Square – it may be a part that we have not yet discovered!

Beverley Norris, who is organising the competition for Huddersfield Local History Society, says: “We hope the competition will bring to light images of the square that capture its unique character. These may include traditional views of the square as well as more unusual shots. Photographs taken since the beginning of 2020 are eligible which may lead to some pictures showing the impact of the pandemic upon the Square. The winning images will be displayed on the Memories of Our Square website and in the upcoming book and so will themselves become part of the history of the Square.”

Huddersfield Local History Society’s Chair, Cyril Pearce, agrees: “St George’s Square is a very special place. Graced as it is by some of Huddersfield’s finest Victorian buildings and by the outstanding Grade 1 listed station façade, it has been special to a great many of us – a place where we have shared important moments in our lives. It has been celebrated in photography and other images since it was first created more than 170 years ago and these images are a rich part of our local heritage. We all have our own cherished memories and cherished images of this iconic place. With this competition, we are inviting you to share your cherished images in photography and, in doing that, to make your own contribution to the Square’s visual history and to our local heritage.”

Craig Broadwith, from Historic England, says: “It’s great that the Huddersfield High Street Heritage Action Zone has created a platform for people to express their creativity. The photo competition will form a lasting legacy for the project. I hope people embrace the opportunity to share their pictures and memories and enjoy taking part. It will be exciting to see what they produce.”

St George’s Square houses Harold Wilson’s statue, as well as decorative fountains. Photo credit: K Featherstone

The competition is just part of Huddersfield Local History Society’s three-year-long project, Memories of Our Square, due to culminate in the publication of an illustrated book in 2023 telling the history of St George’s Square through eye-witness accounts from the past as well as memories and stories that have been collected during the project – some of these, together with snippets from the archives, have already featured on the society’s Our Square website (https://oursquare.huddersfieldhistory.org.uk/

All competition entries have to be submitted through the Memories of Our Square website where all conditions of entry can also be found. The competition runs from 23 May and closes on 3 October 2022. The winning entries will be announced on 5 November 2022.

The Memories of Our Square project, including this competition, is a three-year project funded by the High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) programme, a government-funded scheme led by Historic England, supported further by Kirklees Council.

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