High Street Heritage Action Zone

We are delighted to be leading the High Street heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) Consortium, with support from Kirklees Council and TOWNSOUNDS. The Consortium is made-up of a diverse membership of local interest groups, businesses, and community organisations with plans to deliver a programme of events and activities over the next three years.

The programme will run throughout the year with the main concentration of activity in the month of September, to coincide with the national Heritage Open Days. Events will include: The Woven Festival, local history walks and talks, and a collection of ‘memories of the Square’.

Each year will have a theme, this year being Sport and Well-being to tie-in with the 2021 Rugby World Cup. The theme for 2022 will be Arrivals, reflecting the diverse make-up of Huddersfield and, finally, 2023’s theme will be Music, to complement the Kirklees Year of Music. TOWNSOUNDS will document the stories and sounds that make up the town’s musical DNA and how it has brought communities together and helped to shape its identity.

This programme of activities and events is part of the four-year-long High Streets Heritage Action Zones’ Cultural Programme, led by Historic England, in partnership with Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Cultural Programme aims to make our high streets more attractive, engaging, and vibrant places for people to live, work and spend time.

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