Express your history with us

19th October 2010'Brian Lewis with a Statuette.
19th October 2010'Brian Lewis with a Statuette.

WHO are you and where do you come from?

It’s these kinds of questions which are asked by historians trying to piece together the heritage of an area and its 

This year the Express marks its 130th anniversary and to celebrate we are asking our readers to take part in a living history project by answering those very questions – in turn creating an online and printed document for historians to use in years to come.

Express Your History is inviting you, our readers, to tell us about an object which represents who you are and where you come from.

It could be something which is very personal to you, or something which represents the area as a whole.

Whatever you choose, the details will be entered into an online ‘living history’ database and we will choose a selection to include in the Express in December.

Submissions must be sent to Rebecca Whittington by noon on December 3. Send details by email to or by post to Pontefract and Castleford Express, 12 Bank Street, Castleford, WF10 1HZ. Include your name, age, occupation, address and telephone number.

Submissions include:

Brian Lewis, 73, of Linden Terrace, Pontefract - restored Staffordshire flat backed statuette of a youth and his girl.

Castleford Heritage Trust - the market hall clock which the trust put up for the new millennium and was unveiled by Gordon Brown.

Eric Jackson, 64, of Larks Hill, Pontefract - metal hand-carved poaching net needles used by his great-uncle, who was jailed for four years on December 16, 1863, for night poaching in Womerlsey.