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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 2011 by the West Yorkshire Archive Service, and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, gives access to over 120 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 44,000 images in the archive (November 2019), with over 23,000 to view on this website. All this has only been achieved, thanks to a dedicated band of volunteers.


These are the people, organisations and businesses that have helped to create and maintain this amazing archive. A huge thank you to all of you for helping in whatever way you have. We wouldn't be where we are without you.


Frank Woolrych and Ann Kilbey - without whom none of this would have been possible in the first place.
Alice Longstaff - for obvious reasons!

And the volunteers: Patricia Benson, Stephen Boyle, Alan Bramwell, Robert Burgess, Lorraine Chatwin, Roy Collinge, Paul Croft, Mike Crawford, Hilary Fellows, David Fletcher, Paul Frethete, Roberta Fulford, Lynn Grimshaw, Roger Grimshaw, Louise Harrison, Edwin Hiley, Gillian Holt, Janina Holubecki, Maureen Jones, Rosemary Jones, Vaughan Leslie , Peter Lindley, Nigel Lloyd, Ingrid Marshall, Beryl Martin, David Martin

John Moore of Cambridge - for writing a custom program that allows us to extract modified metadata from this site to update the archive.

Caroline Morgan, Trisha Morley, Judith Schofield, Karen Senior, James A Spence, John Sunderland, Molly Sunderland , David Taylor, Margaret Tregellas, Rodney Tregellas

and of course all those who donated collections to the archive - they're all listed under the Collections A-Z on the main menu.


Pennine Heritage - for all their support and the space to do it.

Hebden Bridge Local History Society - for all their help and support

Disclaimer and Copyright Information

This site is operated by Pennine Horizons Digital Archive (PHDA) for Pennine Heritage Ltd.

The PHDA exists to preserve the digital heritage of the upper Calder and its Valleys.

Your use of this site

All images and information on the website are subject to UK copyright legislation. Copyright for all text and graphics remains with the original copyright holder or author and no material may be reproduced without the permission of the original owner.  Materials displayed are made available for educational purposes only and cannot be reproduced for commercial purposes.

Members of the public who contribute their own text or graphics to this site must understand that PHDA has no power to prevent third parties from downloading resources displayed on the site, and then using these in other formats.  If, however, you become aware of abuse of copyright legislation in relation to this site, we should be very grateful to hear from you, please contact us.


We take reasonable care to ensure that the information appearing on this site is accurate and up-to-date. However, errors and omissions do occur, and you should not take the accuracy of the information for granted.

The contents of this web site are for general information only and do not constitute professional advice. Whilst PHDA makes every effort to maintain the accuracy of the information on this web site, it cannot accept responsibility for any claim, loss or damage which may occur from the use of the information. The reader assumes full responsibility for using the information at this web site.


Links to third party sites

Links to other sites from these pages are for information only and PHDA accepts no responsibility or liability for information contained on any site which is linked from or to this site.

Links to our site

In creating a link to this site please indicate that we are the source of the information by including an acknowledgement near to/in the link. We would be grateful if you could notify us about the link. Please also ensurethat we are not brought into disrepute by the creation of the link; in such cases, we will request the link's removal (and, if necessary, may bring legal proceedings to seek its removal). Please note that we may move pages on this site or change their address without prior notice.


Take Down Notice

In making material online the Pennine Horizons Digital Archive acts in good faith. However, despite these safeguards, we recognise that from time to time material published online may be in breach of copyright laws, contain sensitive personal data, or include content that may be regarded as obscene or defamatory. If you are concerned that you have found material on our website, for which you have not given permission, contravenes privacy laws is obscene / defamatory and in terms of copyright law is not covered by a limitation or exception, please contact us in writing stating the following:

1) Your contact details.

2) The full details of the material.

3) The exact and full URL where you found the material

4) If the request relates to copyright, provide proof that you are the rights holder and a statement that, under penalty of perjury, you are the rights holder or are an authorised representative.

5) The reason for your request including but not limited to copyright law, privacy laws, data protection, obscenity, defamation etc.


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