Huddersfield Exposed was set up with the following goals:
- To explore the history of the town and the surrounding districts, with particular emphasis on the obscure, the unusual and the previous undocumented.
- To detail the lives of those who lived in the area, from the famous to the forgotten.
- To make available under a liberal Creative Commons License all original content created for the site.
- To make available a large amount of historical materials, including facsimiles, reproductions and transcriptions of books, newspaper articles, photographs, postcards, etc, where it is believed that the material is in the Public Domain or when explicit permission has been granted by the rights holder.
- To allow anyone with a genuine interest in the area to contribute research and materials (the latter should either be already in the Public Domain or licensed in such a way as to allowed reproduction on a non-commercial web site).
1. Geographic Scope and Content
- Other web sites such as Wikipedia limit themselves to just covering the lives of people who have gained a certain level of notoriety. Although the lives of the great and the good of Huddersfield are well within the scope of this site, so are the lives of the ordinary people who left no obvious lasting legacy. The measure instead is perhaps best defined as "interestingness" — if a contributor to the site found the person of enough interest to spend time researching their life story, that meets the criteria for inclusion. In some instances, these will be people who have been lost to history but whose lives are worthy of remembrance. For examples, see:
- Mary Ann Payton (1867-1907?) — described by the Huddersfield Chronicle as a "well-known character", her life descended into alcoholism, petty crime and prostitution
- Maud Ellis (1886-1894) — a young girl who drowned in the River Holme at Armitage Bridge
- Samuel Auty (1854-1926) — a stone carver and sculptor of Lepton whose work likely still adorns many buildings in the area
- Catherine Hayley (c.1842-?) — an Irish-born servant girl responsible for the Seed Hill Ghost hoax of 1855
3. Sharing is Good (part 1)
- In too many cases, local history research becomes "hidden" over time. Perhaps by appearing in self-published books with limited print runs or in local history journals with relatively small circulation. For those researching family trees or particular topics from abroad, this valuable work remains largely unknown and often inaccessible. The content created for this site is meant to be shared and reshared.
4. Sharing is Good (part 2)
- Following on from the previous point, another goal for this site is to make available content which has entered the Public Domain but remains difficult or impossible to locate on other web sites. Whilst other web sites attempt to claim dubious copyright over their reproductions of Public Domain works, it is not the intention to do so on this site.
- Where content is not yet in the Public Domain, attempts will be made to contact the authors or their descendants to seek permission. A good example is the The Early Years of the Huddersfield Building Society which remains under copyright until 2061 but the author's estate has granted exclusive permission for the work to be make available on this site.
5. Sharing is Good (part 3)
- This site provides a platform for those who wish to share their research with a global audience. The nature of a wiki is collaborative and it is hoped that others can build upon and extend the existing content.
- It is expected that any original content added should be well-researched and supported by suitable footnotes and references.