Wilson 100

Added: November 16th, 2015

 Wilson 100 – a community centenary celebration

On March 11th 2016 it will be 100 years since Harold Wilson’s birth

The Watershed Community Arts Workshops have been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to work with Satellite Arts and Royds Hall Community School, where Wilson was educated in Huddersfield. The project will also be involving Cowlersley and Crow Lane Primary schools with local history groups to deliver a programme of community /education sessions. This work will culminate in March as a bumper 100th birthday finale at Royds Hall School with special events animated by songs and dramatic sketches performed by children, students and community participants.

Satellite Arts will be forming a group of history detectives to help research information about Harold Wilson’s life as he grew up in the Colne Valley.

‘We want to create an understanding of his early influences and what kind of places Paddock, Cowlersley and Milnsbridge were between the two World Wars. We want to bring Harold to life and set him in a wider context, especially for the generations of children and adults who may only know him as a statue outside Huddersfield railway station..’ Gill Burton Project co-ordinator

Gill and Andy Burton from Satellite Arts need help with the research. Please get in touch if you would like to be involved. They would like to know:

Do you have any memories of Harold Wilson or his family?                    

Did you ever meet him or a member of his family?                                   

Was a relative of yours at school with him?                                                

Did anyone in your family live and work in Milnsbridge or Paddock in 1916-1930 and if so what did they do and what were their lives like?       

For more information and to express an interest in being involved with ‘Wilson 100’, please contact Gill at The Watershed. hello@satellitearts.org.uk or Tel: 01484 848072