Dewsbury, in West Yorkshire, although situated close to Wakefield, Huddersfield and Leeds, is by no means shadowed by its surrounding areas. After major growth during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when the area transformed into a mill town, such industry began to decline in the following centuries. That said, old mills have since been converted into flats and the community spirit of Dewsbury lives strong. The area is particularly prominent in the 'Heavy Woollen District' and also has a fantastic museum, which can be found in the Crows Nest Park Mansion House. As a thriving town, full of hidden curiosities, the history of many areas around the community will be revealed in full colour to show how the town has transformed over the years in Dewsbury Through Time.
John is a committee member of Dewsbury Matters, the local history group, and is also the president of the photographic society local to Dewsbury. He has been a member for thirty-four years and in this time has achieved a Credit award from the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain. Stuart is a retired lecturer on Architecture at Huddersfield University. He is currently the Chairman of Dewsbury Matters and has produced and written many articles over the last ten years for their annual booklet. He often gives talks on local history to groups in the area, of which he very well-known and respected.