History Live was started by the late Sue Gaukroger and several other local people. It was Sue who came up with the name History Live. First meeting was on Sept 1st 1992. At that time it was very much a local history group of individuals who independently carried out a lot of local history research.
Every year a subject was agreed eg the last one I think was the winter of 1947. Then for one week in the summer an exhibition was put together at Home Farm. Most of the ground floor was taken over plus the outbuildings and fields. All the locals would find stuff in their attics/fields etc and bring it along. They were fantastic events and everyone loved them.
In addition to individuals doing research and the annual exhibition there were also talks just as there are now. Far more local people would come – the village has changed its demographics.
The group managed to get funding to run a number of different history courses and these helped to stimulate local interest. I think that was around 10 years ago.
Meetings have always been held in Hollinsclough Chapel Hall. SK17 0RH Our wonderful home-made cakes have always been an important part of the meetings and we are very welcoming of new visitors, whether passing through or wishing to become members. (Thanks to Victoria Rowe for this summary of the history of the group)