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Luddite Link

The Yorkshire Archaeological Society is proud to be a contributor to the Luddite Link partnership which provides a gateway to information and resources about the Luddite movement in West Yorkshire. Other partners include University of Huddersfield, Kirklees Museums & Libraries, West Yorkshire Archive Service, Sheffield Archives, Huddersfield Local Studies Library, Mikron Theatre Company, Lawrence Batley Theatre and the Colne Valley Museum.

Throughout the bicentenary year (2012) there will be commemorative events by the partners and a developing resource here about the Luddites and Luddism. See www.ludditelink.org.uk for more information.

The YAS has a number of books on the Luddites including:

Frank Peel, The Risings of the Luddites, Chartists and Plugdrawers (Brighouse, 1895)

D.F.E Sykes and G.H. Walker, Ben o' Bill's, the Luddite: a Yorkshire Tale (1898)

Proceedings under the Special Commission at York... 2nd to 12th January 1813, for the trial of offences connected with the late offences in the West Riding of [Yorkshire] (Leeds, 1913)

An historical account of the Luddites 1811,1812 and 1813, with report of their trials at York Castle from the 2nd to the 12th of January 1813, before ... the Special Commission (J Cowgill, Huddersfield, 1862)

A full reading list covering material held by all partners in the project is available here http://ludditelink.org.uk/reading.php

We also hold the original watercolours for George Walker's Costume of Yorkshire which depict industry in Yorkshire at the time the Luddites were active.