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  • New Huddersfield archive centre

    Posted: 31/10/14

    A 2 million archives facility has been unveiled in West Yorkshire.

    Heritage Quay, which is situated on the University of Huddersfield’s Queensgate campus opened 24 October 2014. The archival facility provides access to more than 200,000 items from the institution’s Archives & Special Collections and boasts an array of high-tech digital features.

    Material is also on display outside the search-room, with users able to engage with material on display tables and via a 7 metre-wide ‘gesture wall’ that is controlled entirely by hand movements.

    Open to both students and members of the public, visitors can explore a wide range of unique records, including documents revealing the early history of Rugby League and a number of local businesses and organisations.

  • From Cradle to Grave

    Posted: 03/09/14

    An Exhibition at York Castle Museum:

    An exhibition which will be close to the heart of any family historian; the exhibition focuses on the history of three rites of passage: birth, marriage and death.

    Visitors can also see examples of many of the nursery and childcare items used during the last three hundred years including cradles, christening gifts and some superb christening gowns.

    Outfits from the collection of wedding clothes make a centre-piece for the weddings theme, together with wedding gifts, trousseau items, and even a Victorian wedding cake.

    An Edwardian hearse forms a dramatic centre-piece to the displays about death. There are mourning clothes and jewellery, a funeral biscuit, and coffin furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries.

    Contact details:

    York Castle Museum
    Eye of York
    YO1 9RY

    Tel: 01904 687687

  • City of York FHS ~ Change of Venue

    Posted: 02/05/14

    URGENT NOTICE! Change of venue for meetings on 7th May and 4th June!

    We have been told by The Folk Hall at New Earswick that we can no longer have our meetings there starting immediately!

    The meetings on May 7th and June 4th will be held at The Bowls Club just a short distance away on the Huntington Road, next to The Flag and Whistle.

    We will post a notice and a person on the door at The Folk Hall to direct everyone to the new venue and will try to ring every member before the event.

    Details can be located at:

  • A Royal Gateway

    Posted: 07/05/13

    Micklegate Bar Museum, York:

    If you are making a visit to our beautiful City any-time in May then make sure you drop in to see the exhibition at the Micklegate Bar Museum. Installed in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee year, this exhibition looks at the ceremonial role played by Micklegate Bar in welcoming ruling monarchs and other members of the royal family to the city over the centuries. See archive video footage, hear dramatised accounts and explore some of the extraordinary tales of pomp and pageantry witnessed at the Bar over the years.

    The exhibition is showing until 31 May 2013, 10:00 - 16:00

    Micklegate Bar Museum
    On the Bar Walls,
    North Yorkshire
    YO1 6JX

  • University of York...Department of Archaeology

    Posted: 30/04/13

    This is very short notice for anyone who can be in York tomorrow...Wednesday, 1st May 2013.

    A historic landscape at your doorstep: Walmgate Stray from prehistory to present.

    Wednesday 1st May, 2013, 5:30 start from the kissing gate at the south end of Green Dykes Lane.

    Dear All,

    We invite you to join us for a less conventional presentation on one of the Department of Archaeology's on-going research projects headed by Al Oswald, David Roberts and Helen Goodchild. On Wednesday 1st May (tomorrow) please join us for a guided walking tour of Walmgate Stray by the University of York's main campus, to hear about its history and prehistory as well as some of the more current research being undertaken by our team. This is a great opportunity to learn about some of the fascinating history right at our doorstep and promises to be an engaging evening. Discussion is welcome.

    Please follow the link for more information and for a map of the meeting place:

    We look forward to seeing you there.

    Alison Leonard PhD student, Department of Archaeology, King's Manor University of York,

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