Huddersfield Civic Society

What We Do

We invite you to join us to:

  • Help create a vision for the development and improvement of the town’s built environment.
  • Encourage high standards of design, architecture and town planning.
  • Participate in debate and discussions to promote interest in the town’s architectural history and its future character.
  • Ensure Kirklees Council and other public bodies implement the highest standards of design and town planning, preserving the best of the past and encouraging excellence in new developments.
  • Safeguard our heritage, particularly those buildings at risk.

Our recent initiatives include:

  • Development of a Town Centre Heritage Trail in association with the Huddersfield Local History Society.
  • Promotion of the society’s annual Design Awards.
  • Production of Information Boards at St George’s Square and Market Place.
  • Development of the ‘Blue Plaque’ scheme.
  • Developing printed trails and guided walks in association with the Discover Huddersfield partnership (
  • Preparation of a Shop Front Design Guide in association with Kirklees Council.
  • Events and walks to coincide with Civic Voice’s national Civic Week and Heritage Open Days which provide a chance to enjoy notable buildings not normally open to the general public.
  • Submission of details of buildings registered on the regional ‘Buildings at Risk’ register.
  • Continuing efforts to prevent inappropriate developments and improve the quality of design in respect of planning applications.
  • Partnership working with the University’s School of Art, Design and Architecture and presentation of the annual Peter Stead award for an outstanding student project.
  • A programme of talks, visits and social events including: evening visits to see local developments; presentations by the town’s leading architects; debates involving regeneration experts concerning our town’s future; heritage walks; visits further afield; presentations and social events.

Most events are free to members.