Weaving Ossett's History is a project led by Ossett and Gawthorpe Community Archive to collect and share yarns about the locality of Ossett and Gawthorpe, West Yorkshire. The yarns are contributed by local (and ex-pat) people of all ages in the areas of heritage which interest them.
How to get involved
If you have an interest in writing about any aspect of Ossett area history or you are inspired by Ossett heritage to create a piece of creative writing or art, we would love for you to share it as a Yarn as a part of the Weaving Ossett's History project. It can be as long or short, complex or simple as you like.
You can contact lead project partners Ossett Community Archive or Ossett Library to find out more or talk through your idea. We are hoping that through local schools and our partner organisations we can interest as many people as possible in remembering and appreciating Ossett heritage.
Project Partners so far include:
Ossett and Gawthorpe Community Archive
Friends of Ossett Library
University of Leeds
Education Ossett Community Trust (EOCT)
Ossett Historical Society
Ossett Civic Trust
Building Ossett Better
Ossett Town Partnership
Ossett Through The Ages (Facebook Network)
What sort of thing are you looking for?
Ideally we would like stories to fit in with one of the 8 categories below:
Civic Ossett - Law and order, civic pride, mayors
Leisure in Ossett - Pastimes, hobbies, sports
Places and buildings - Stories of streets, buildings, railways
Growing up in Ossett - Schools, education and the youth of Ossett
Poetry and stories - Short stories and poetry inspired by being an Ossettonian
People and memories - About Ossett people, personal stories of living in Ossett
Festivals and events - Happenings in Ossett, Coal carrying, Maypole, Beercart
Business and commerce - Things made in Ossett, local trades and businesses
Here are some examples so you can see how they could look when finished. You can see all of the stories which have been contributed on the 'Weaving Ossett's History' project page at http://yarncommunity.org/projects/3.
How can I make a yarn?
See these introductory videos about how the Yarn site works, its free to join and anyone can make a yarn to add to the project. When you have your yarn ready to publish, drop us a line at the Library or Community archive and we will link it to the categories below for you.
Where can I find information to make my story?
There are a huge number of free resources you can use to learn more about Ossett's history and be inspired to tell us a story, The following list is full of great online starting points to find a bit of Ossett History...
...There are also a number of local places you can visit to research, Wakefield Libraries, Wakefield Museums and the West Yorkshire Archives service to name a few.
Movietone news historic newsreels
We Will remember them online archive of stories of 20th century service personnel from across Wakefield District