A presentation of books about the late Professor Briggs has been made to Keighley Local Studies Library by the Historical Association.
The books were presented by Professor Tony Badger, President of the Historical Association, to Maggie Pedley, Head of Libraries, Museums and Galleries on Wednesday 29 November.
Also present at the event were Dr Trevor James, Editor of ‘The Historian’ journal and historian, Philip Johnston.
Asa Briggs was one of Keighley’s foremost citizens. He became a well-known and remarkable historian who inspired others through his research, teaching and writing.
At Keighley Library, the young Asa developed his skills to become such an influential social historian.
In his book ‘Special Relationships’ he traces his love of history back to his days in Keighley. He said of Keighley Library ‘It was there that I first studied the politics that I was to introduce into my own version of social history.’
It is fitting that these books will be added to the archives and made available for the benefit of future researchers and historians.
There is a display of books and local information about Asa Briggs in the Local Studies library on the first floor that will remain up over the next 3 weeks.
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Readers of this item might like to know that Lewes is the county town of East Sussex. It is a very old community surrounded by beautiful chalk downland, with a river, castle, priory ruins and museum. It was the site of Simon de Montfort’s victory in 1264. Altogether a fitting retirement place for a most distinguished historian, even if others of us made a life journey from East Sussex to West Yorkshire!
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