Sad news that the final buildings of West Yorkshire Foundries are about to be demolished. Former foundryman Jürgen Mitchell was allowed special permission to visit the site and take some photos of the place before it completely disappeared. You can see some of his photos here.
Education Pack-Now Available. November 2005.
The education pack is ready, just click here
Demolition of Foundry 1 and
2. September 2005
Demolition has increased at the foundry over the last
few weeks. Philip Herron has sent us a recent photograph
(left) of the Foundry 1 and 2 area.There are only
five people left on site now.Hopefully they will send
us a few more pics.
Photos: We have recieved
a shed load of photos from the Parr Bros and these
will be going up very soon.
Education Pack: At
long last the education pack for schools is well under
way and will be ready by the end of September.
Submissions: Keep sending
us your stuff and we will keep putting it up.
Most of the volunteers who helped with low volume
production since last November, left last
Thursday. This was quite "heart rendering"
(especially in the Mulberry after work!) as, in addition,
demolition contractors have now started on the first
the clearance of the site.
A further 6 employees will leave by mid April, leaving
just 6 who will deal with the final stages of the
process and disposal of the site.
PS I heard on Radio Leeds earlier this week that our
site may be developed as an arena for major rock
The project / book has reached a global audience from
Leeds to Texas from Oslo to London. Copies have been
deposited in libraries, schools, museums and universities.
We have received loads comments from all over - if
you would like to add your comment about the project,
the exhibition, the book or the website please
The foundry will finally cease all production on the
31 March and the last thirty foundry men and staff
will leave. There will be a skeleton staff of five
left to deal outstanding matters.
The exhibition will be opening at the Round Foundry
Media Centre, Foundry Street, Leeds on the 17 March
until 30 April 2005. Open Mondays to Fridays only,
9am to 5pm. more
There will be a preview and a screening of the DVD
on the evening of Thursday 17 March 6.30pm onwards.
Invites will be sent out shortly. Anyone wishing to
attend please contact Heads
The book Meltdown is now available
Heads Together Productions, The Media Centre, 7 Northumberland
Street, Huddersfield HD1 1RL
Leeds Industrial Museum, Armley Mills,
Canal Road, Leeds, LS12 2UF
T: 0113 263 7861
Waterstones, Albion Street, Leeds, LS1
T: 0113 242 0839
From the 9 March:
The Round Foundry Media Centre, Foundry Street, Leeds,
T: 870 420 2300
Industrial Archaeology Review
Dr. Gary Firth who researched and wrote the historical
section of the book, is currently working on an academic
paper "The decline of Iron-founding in Leeds
in the late 20th Century". It has been accepted
by the quarterly published Industrial Archaeology
Review, we hope to be able to add his article to the
website sometime later this year.
An education pack for schools is being developed as a downloadable pdf file.
Dr Ralph-Dieter Schrey was the Managing Director -
Commercial. He was at was at VAW motorcast Limited
from July 1999 to December 2000. Ralph-Dieter Schrey
had been with VAW, Bonn for many years prior to being
appointed MD at Motorcast. He left to return to Germany.
"Thanks a lot for the copy of Meltdown.
It was very interesting to see and read the comments
of all colleagues. After half an hour I was back in
my mind in that nice foundry and all that attached
me personally very much. It is such a pity that after
such a long time of production the foundry business
has reached its end. For me it was a great honour
to be part of that history, even if that part was
very small. For me that was the best part of my business
life so far.
I wish you all the very best for your
personal futures. Kindest regards,
The poem Lights Out by Robert
Parr has been published in the latest edition of Hi-Hydro
Inside the company's in house magazine. A pdf of the
article will be added to poets corner asap. more
Contact has been made with Berndt Horstkamp WYF first
German MD and we are hoping he will be sending us
some memories / anecdotes / comments etc. Visit our
Afterlives section to
read other feedback we've had.
We would like to hear from anyone who has a story,
anecdote, memory, old photos of West Yorkshire Foundries.
Please contact Heads Together