Luddite uprisings relived

Event to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Luddite uprising at Red House Museum, Gomersal'Pauline Lawton education outreach officer showing the art of carding to Millie Fewster 9 and Tom Sheard 9.
Event to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Luddite uprising at Red House Museum, Gomersal'Pauline Lawton education outreach officer showing the art of carding to Millie Fewster 9 and Tom Sheard 9.

THE turbulent times of the early 19th century were recreated at Red House on Sunday.

The event was held at the Gomersal museum to mark the bicentenary of the attack at Cartwright Mills in Liversedge in April 1812, in which two Luddites were killed.

Visitors met a ‘Luddite’ and a ‘mill owner’ to find out their different views on the uprising, and the Mikron Theatre company performed extracts from their play Can You Keep a Secret? They also tried their hand at traditional textile crafts such as carding, spinning and weaving without the aid of modern machines.

Two exhibitions told the story of the Luddites, one by the West Yorkshire Archive Service and the other by Kirklees Council, while the ‘Secret’s Out’ Gallery explored the local Brontë connections and how the story of the Luddite attacks in Spen Valley were featured in Charlotte Brontë’s novel Shirley.