KEIGHLEY College will next year celebrate two centuries of providing education to people from the town and beyond.

And to mark the milestone, it's appealing for people who have had connections with the institution over the years to get in touch with their memories.

The stories will form part of a year-long celebration showcasing the college's history and achievements.

Principal Kevin O’Hare says the college has transformed the lives of thousands of people.

He adds: "Our college’s motto is ‘go near, go far’, and we are extremely proud to have former students and staff doing incredible work – both in our local community and across the globe.

"No matter where you are now or how you are connected to our college, we would like to hear from you.

"We want to hear how your college experience has shaped your life – whether you taught here, found a subject that became your passion and career, gained valuable work experience, or simply made friends for life.

"When you step through the entrance to Keighley College you do more than simply enter a building, you join a community that will support you through your educational journey and beyond.

"We are on a mission to make 2025 a year to remember by involving as many people as possible."

The college traces its origins back to the Keighley Mechanics' Institute, formed in 1825.

Over the years the institute welcomed a number of famous figures, including the Bronte sisters, who attended lectures there whilst their father Patrick was a member.

In the 1870s the institute was rebranded as the Keighley Trade School and Art School, to cater for a growing appetite for education in the arts and sciences.

Keighley Technical College was later built on the site of the former institute, and in 2010 the college opened a new £30 million campus – in Bradford Road, near Keighley railway station – where it remains today.

The former college buildings in North Street and Cavendish Street were demolished several years ago.

The present-day college, which is part of Luminate Education Group, boasts a wide range of courses and qualifications – including A-levels, T-levels, vocational studies, apprenticeships and adult education.

Anyone with a connection to Keighley College from across the years who would like to share their memories should email

People should include details of how they were connected to the college and what they're doing today.