Pennine Horizons Digital Archive is a Pennine Heritage Project.

This is an amazing collection of images gathered over a number of years covering the Calder and her Valleys. The Pennine Horizons Digital Archive (PHDA) exists to select, preserve and make accessible the photographic heritage of our community. At PHDA we recognise the research value of all photographs and oral history recordings relating to the Upper Calder Valleys and we are working to establish a living archive for the benefit of future generations.

Amongst the larger collections are photographs from the Co-operative Heritage Trust, Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Society, Todmorden Antiquarian Society, Hebden Bridge Local History Society, Alice Longstaff Collection, Hebden Bridge Camera Club, Calderdale MBC, to name but a few.

This community digital archive also contains many smaller, important collections, all of which are fully searchable. We also hold over 500 oral history recordings, which were produced as a result of a Pennine Heritage project in the early 1980's. Now digitized, this ‘treasure trove’ of recordings is a wonderful resource to help explain the history of our area and also assists in the preservation of the local dialect.

The PHDA, accredited in 2012 by the West Yorkshire Archive Service, and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, gives access to over 100 photographic collections deposited by members of the public, professional photographers, societies, businesses and local councils. For anyone interested in photographs of the upper Calder Valley and beyond, there are now over 39,000 images in the archive (December 2017), with over 20,000 to view on this website. All this has only been achieved, thanks to a dedicated band of volunteers.

Recently Added Items

Hebden Snow

Taken in the winter of 2016, using a Nikon D800 and a 135mm AIS prime Nikon Lens
This view has been covered by trees in the fore ground for many years…

Piece Hall at Night

The wonderful and newly restored Piece Hall taken on a very cold October night 2017- The first year of its relaunch/opening after the restoration.

Birchcliffe At Night

The now lit up at night Birchcliffe Centre 2017. Image and lighting were created by the photographer/electrician Alex Taylor

Xmas Party

Unused booklet from 2008, When Jumpin Jacks owned the Halifax ABC

Halifax ABC Seating

Picture showing original rows of seats still in place but in a dirty condition.
The main centre stairs which were used as the main entrance to No1…

ABC Halifax 2015

Taken when I was granted access to the old ABC picture house in the centre of Halifax, The then owner had to make a route up to this vantage point…