Change of Speaker at Calderdale Industrial Museum Event

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Unfortunately Jean Illingworth will be unable to give the illustrated talk on Wednesday 6 March, 7:30pm at Calderdale Industrial Museum, Square Road, HX1 1QG about the Harella clothing manufacturer. It is planned that this will be re-scheduled for later in the year.

However, CIMA are pleased to  say that Ruth Beazley has stepped in at short notice and will be giving her popular illustrated talk on ‘Triangle Mill Sisters’ about how the history of Wm. Morris’ mill at Triangle. This influenced the growth and decline of the village through 150 years, and the mill girls who lived there.  The talk starts at 7:30pm, with tea & coffee available from 7:00pm.



On Friday 22 March, 3:00pm  Glenda Shaw will be giving a talk on her Great Uncle Percy Shaw who invented Cat’s Eyes.

Shaw was inventive, even at an early age, but his most famous invention was the cat’s eye for lighting the way along roads in the dark. There are several stories about how he came up with the idea. The most famous involves him driving down the difficult road (Queensbury Road, part of the A647 with a very steep drop to one side) from the Old Dolphin public house in Clayton Heights to his home in Halifax, when a cat on a fence along the edge of the road looked at the car, reflected his headlights back to him, allowing him to take corrective action and remain on the road.

For both talks, CIMA members can attend for free, it will be £3 for non-members.

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