project director: Simon Yuill
original drawings: Chad McCail
development team:
Ricardo Creemers
Stefan Gartner
Eleonora Oreggia
Simon Yuill
sound design: Mark Vernon


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Huddersfield (England), Dundee and Glasgow (Scotland), Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Tokyo (Japan)
April 2005 - July 2005


"Huddersfield was once a major textile centre, specialising in the production of high quality worsted cloth. This 19th century legacy has left the landscape studded with empty stone mills, many of which are now being sand-blasted and repurposed as upmarket apartments for commuters on the trans-pennine corridor."
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view of Huddersfield housing blocks factories on canal
'Northern Voice',
local independent news
allotments canal lock

On Christmas Day, 1977, the Sex Pistols played their last UK gig in Huddersfield:

"The Sex Pistols' final UK performance was at Ivanhoe's in Huddersfield on Christmas Day 1977, a benefit for the families of striking firemen. Despite the band's state of disintegration by this time, the gig was considered by some as a vindication of their anti-establishment stance when they were, for once, united with what might be viewed as their true constituency, the dispossessed English working class. They played two shows, a matinee and an evening show. Tickets for the latter were furtively sold for a secret venue, announced shortly before the gig as a tactic to avoid the attentions of local councillors and the like, who had cancelled many of the Pistols' other shows. Those waiting outside for the second show were given turkey sandwiches from the remains of the meal laid on for the strikers' families. The atmosphere in the evening show was counter to the negative publicity that had been generated towards the band by the tabloid press; before the show, Johnny Rotten mingled with the crowd wearing his pith helmet, and the good humour of the matinee (which was a benefit played for free) lingered on. Years later the promoter of the evening show confessed that the Pistols never cashed his cheque."
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Web articles and resources related to Huddersfield

Archive of the Huddersfield Female Educational Institute (1846-1883):

Huddersfield history:

Slaithwaite Free School was founded in 1719 and was opened in 1721. This was made possible by an endowment (original value 4 per annum) from the Rev. Robert Meeke which provided for the free instruction in reading, writing and arithmetic of 10 scholars, two to be chosen from Golcar, two from Linthwaite, two from Lingards and four from Slaithwaite.

Huddersfield Workhouse and Poor law Union:

Joshua Hobson (1810-76), Poor Law reforms:

The Huddersfield Group for the Radical Analysis of Political Concepts:

Dave Renton, "E. P. Thompson, The Activist Historian":

The Meltham and Meltham Mills Brass Band (Est. 1846):

Fan's accounts of Sex Pistols gig: