Historic pics of the upper valley are all set to go online

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A new website containing hundreds of historic photographs from across the Calder Valley is being launched in Hebden Bridge this weekend.

The new Pennine Horizons website - at www.pennineheritage.org.uk - includes a selection of photographs taken from the Pennine Heritage Digital Archive, a special image collection of thousands of photos taken in the upper Calder and its valleys over the past 200 years.

The archive includes more than 50 photographic collections deposited by keen photographers, societies, members of the public and businesses as well as well-known local photographers including Alice Longstaff.

The website also includes a ‘what’s on’ diary, an events programme to download, two walking trails which can be printed out or downloaded to a phone to listen to while en route, and details of how to volunteer to help to develop the charity’s walks, trails, support events, education groups or digital archive project.

Pennine Horizons will officially launch the new website at a free open day from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, January 25, at the Birchcliffe Centre, Birchcliffe Road in Hebden Bridge. Throughout the day staff will be on hand to show visitors the new website, the archive, programme of events and activities and a new exhibition of images from the Digital Archive Collection focusing on ‘People in Costume’.

Frank Woolrych, chair of the Pennine Horizons project, said: “We are a local Heritage Lottery Fund project which aims to encourage residents and visitors to explore the history of the Pennine landscape and its industrial legacy. We would love people in the area to drop into the open day and see some of the exiting work we are doing and how they can get involved.”

Further details of the project are available on the website or by emailing info@pennine-horizons.org.uk or phoning 01422 844450.