Thousands of snapshots of life in Aireborough have been brought back to life with an online boost.
Over the last 18 months Aireborough Historical Society have archived and uploaded nearly 4,000 memories of life in Yeadon, Guiseley and Rawdon.
The guardians of the area’s past have come up with a page turning idea to help give their website project a boost.
The Society are giving residents the chance to stroll down memory lane by creating a special calendar showcasing life from the past.
Profits from the calendar will be used to help ensure that the Society stays online.
And they are also hoping to inspire a new generation of guardians for Aireborough’s heritage.
Roger Halliwell from Aireborough Historical Society said: “We are hoping to use any profit from the calendars to improve the knowledge of people by possibly getting laptops.
“We have an archive room in Yeadon Town Hall and we have got a mass of photographs.
“Our aim is to put them on the website.
“It helps to build up a knowledge of the area and I think there will be at least another two years of work.”
Archivist Carlo Harrison normally uploads up to 10 images and memories of the area every single day.
But before they take pride of place on the Society’s website Carlo needs to ensure that every piece of information has been dated and verified.
And the Society are hoping that younger generations will start archiving the area for the future.
Roger added: “It is there as a memory and we are hoping to get the next generation of photographers capturing life now for records for the future.”
The group have already received orders for their calendar from New Zealand, Australia and America.
For more information about the Society visit: www.aireboroughhistoricalsociety.co.uk
DELVING INTO THE PAST
Aireborough Historical Society’s extensive archives date back to the early 1900’s.
Among the images in their back catalogue are snapshots of how life and the landscape has changed in Yeadon, Rawdon and Guiseley over the decades.
The group’s archives also include images of the Coronation celebrations in 1911, the introduction of the first tram to the region in 1909, wartime photographs and the area’s VJ Day celebrations.
The group currently has around 80 members and they are on the search for new members..
The Society was founded in 1957.
They are set to meet at Guiseley Methodist Church for their first meeting of the season on Thursday, September 12, at 7.30pm.