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The Square Chapel, Halifax, will host a series of talks for the Halifax Festival

The Square Chapel, Halifax, will host a series of talks for the Halifax Festival

Calderdale historian David Glover will be giving a number of historical talks as part of the Halifax Festival.

Each of the talks listed below takes place at Square Chapel, Halifax, and starts at 2pm.

On Monday, June 30, he will speak on Franz Ferdinand and Sophie: The Killings That Changed Europe, the killings which lit a fuse which led to the outbreak of the first world war, while on Thursday, July 3, French Connections is the topic. In a year where the Tour De France is causing much local interest, David looks at some historic connections with France, including that of a Halifax man said to have been guillotined during the French Revolution.

And during the following week, also raising funds for Square Chapel and the Cornerstone project, he will speak on Tuesday, July 8, on Buried Alive? Past Funeral Customs in Calderdale, and on Wednesday, July 9, on Halifax and Environs in 20th Century Photos.

David adds that the Friends of Lister Lane Cemetery, have an event as part of the festival, this Sunday, June 29. There is an open afternoon there from 12.30pm to 3.30pm, with conducted tours at 1.15pm and 2.30pm. It is a chance to view improvements to the historic cemetery, including new information boards, planting and memorials.

 

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