Dean Clough Philharmonic Society

Leo Harrington writes:

I’m a student at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, USA, and I’m currently working on a research project involving a trumpet from around 1870-1900 with “Dean Clough Philharmonic Society” stamped on its bell. I’ve found basic resources about music in Halifax

(http://www.calderdale.gov.uk/wtw/sources/themes/music.html) but wonder if you might have any suggestions for further resources regarding musical activities in the region during the 19th Century. In particular, I’m curious about what the Philharmonic Society constituted (was it the same as the “Halifax Philharmonic Society” mentioned in the above link?).

And one other question: who was the namesake of the Dean Clough complex? The historical sources I’ve found say that the Crossley brothers leased what was already called the Dean Clough Mills in 1802

(http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a/records.aspx?cat=203-cro&cid=0#0)

Any assistance you can provide, whether research suggestions or recommendation for further reading, would be most appreciated. If membership in your society would be required for assistance with the project, I would absolutely consider joining.

Many thanks!

You can contact Leo at lharring@oberlin.edu

Halifax Guardian Birth Marriage and Death announcements added to Transcription Index

Another 80,000 records from the Halifax Guardian have been added to the on-line Transcription Index. Covering the period from 1874 to 1885, these records provide the surname and the event being announced and the date. The records also have first names which might, for births, be belong to a parent.
These additions bring the number of records on the index with more due to be added in the next few months.
If you haven’t tried the index on-line, there’s even more reasons (80,000!) why you should take a look. The index is the first item under the Research tab

Halifax Guardian index of the birth, marriage and death notices

A volunteer project currently underway aims to index the birth, marriage and death notices for the entire period of the Halifax Guardian’s existence. The index available so far represents progress to October 2011 and covers the years 1832 to 1864. This will be updated, at intervals.

The index is available in PDF format here

Central Reference Library, Halifax holds the Halifax Guardian on microfilm from December 1832, when the newspaper started, up to April 1921, after which it merged with the Halifax Courier, to become the Halifax Courier and Guardian.