Yes you will be the belle of the ball! Alice receives pooch approval while the unknown lady on the left adds the finishing touches to her ensemble. This enchanting photo of Alice, date unknown, has only recently come to light. CT254 ALGC

Alice's Legacy

By the time this magazine is in your hands, exciting new developments in the story of the Alice Longstaff Gallery Collection will be in place. For the past 14 years - since Alice's death in 1992 - the collection has been under the custodianship of Frank Woolrych, who together with trustees Beryl Woolrych and the late Lloyd Greenwood, has ensured that her legacy to the town has remained intact and as accessible as possible to the local community.

The vast archive of photographs and associated artefacts has now been gifted to Pennine Heritage, housed at Birchliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge, where an impressive archive of materials including photos, ephemera and audio tapes, relating mainly to the 1960s and after, are based.

Together the collections form a unique local history heritage, providing the Hebden Royd community with the opportunity to explore their past in a way never before envisaged. Commented Frank: "Alice did a marvellous job keeping the Crossley Westerman legacy of photographs together, adding to it over 70 years and as such, the focus for the collection. Now, together with Pennine Heritage, we have the chance to take her vision further, encompassing much more than she could have imagined. As a local history heritage it really is incomparable."

Read the full story in Milltown Memories, issue 15