Local architecture enthusiasts have founded a Huddersfield chapter of the Modernist Society – and they’re inviting people to join them for a mooch around town.

The society already has active branches in Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool, Birmingham and Swansea. 

Commenting on the latest addition to the list, one of the founders said: “Huddersfield has many wonderful, and often overlooked, modernist buildings – from art deco to mid-century and brutalist.

“We want to make sure that more people know about them because they’re an important part of the town’s past, present, and future.”

Some of the more better-known examples include the Midland Bank (now HSBC), Queensgate Market and Broadbent Bath House. The curious will be able to learn about them – and others – on Saturday February 25 when historian Stephen Marland leads a guided tour around the town centre. 

The organised wander will start at 1pm from the Harold Wilson statue in St George’s Square. Participants must book tickets – £8 for concessions and £10 for everyone else – on the Modernist website.

The meeting details

Founded in 2009, the Modernist Society is a creative project “dedicated to celebrating and engaging with twentieth century architecture and design.” 

As well as running events and exhibitions, it publishes a quarterly magazine and limited edition books, both of which can be bought online or from its Manchester shop. 

Follow the Huddersfield chapter on Instagram to find out more and get involved. For those not on Instagram, click here to go to the ticket link.