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  • The Roman Roads of North Yorkshire

    Posted: 02/03/15

    Saturday 7th March 2015 at 2.00 pm How Many Roads Lead to Aldborough? Mike Turpin will give the seventh in a series of talks on The Roman Roads of North Yorkshire at Thornton-le-Street Village Hall between Thirsk and Northallerton. Admission will be 2 at the door, but prior booking is advised. This programme is designed to both report on recent archaeological activity and to encourage future research within a professional framework.

    Bookings can be made with John Sheehan: 01609 771878 or by email from whom further information can be obtained.

  • 'The Costume of Yorkshire' and its context

    Posted: 28/11/14

    Wednesday, 3 December 2014, 2pm

    Notice of a talk in Huddersfield about 'The Costume of Yorkshire', featuring another chance to see some of the material from the holdings of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society.

    This year is the 200th anniversary of a publication which offers us some of the best-known and most recognisable images of Yorkshire life.

    Dr John Hargreaves will discuss George Walker's famous work and describe the social and political context in which it was created at a talk in Huddersfield on Wednesday 3 December.

    This event is a being hosted by the University of Huddersfield and will be held at its new Heritage Quay archive centre. The talk will take place at 2pm and will be followed by an opportunity to view the artist’s original water colours which are in the care of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society.

  • Stained Glass Exhibition

    Posted: 27/11/14

    Saturdays, 29 November & 6, 13 and 20 December 2014, 10.00-13.00 at:

    Stained Glass Centre, St Martin-cum-Gregory parish church, corner of St Martin Lane & Micklegate, York

    This exhibition showcases work by the York artists Harry Stammers (1902-1969), Harry Harvey (1922-2011), Sep Waugh, Ann Sotheran and Helen Whittaker, and is a rare chance to see a recently-conserved piece by eighteenth-century artist William Peckitt.

    The exhibition has been curated and mounted by a volunteer team of History of Art students from the University of York. Also on display are the results of new historical research on the fabric of the church and the parishioners commemorated in it, undertaken by a graduate student archaeologist and interns funded by the Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past (IPUP). The exhibition complements the outstanding stained glass in the church itself, underlining the unbroken continuity of glass-painting practice in the city of York.

    Details at:

  • Women's Sufferage in Northallerton

    Posted: 16/10/14

    Friday, 31st October 2014:

    In conjunction with the Northallerton & District Local History Society, a lunch-time talk by Harry Fairburn at North Yorkshire County Record Office, Malpas Road, Northallerton:

    The talk will begin at 12:30pm and last around 45 minutes followed by a discussion.

    The entry fee for talks is 2 and includes light refreshments.

    Advance booking is not necessary!

  • Making the Connection: railway records for family history

    Posted: 12/09/14

    Saturday, 27 September 2014:

    Learn more about how railway archives can help you research your family tree in this joint National Railway Museum and Your Fair Ladies day conference.

    Tens of thousands of people have looked into their family trees to find railway workers and other people connected with the railway industry - discovering detailed information to put their lives in context is an exciting challenge.

    The Making the Connection conference will guide people through the material which can be found in archives and libraries whilst scene-setting British railways' rich history. Expert speakers will set railways as a context for past lives, look at the history of the railway industry, reveal the true nature of mass leisure travel by rail in the late 19th century, and show how the railways quickly became a new opportunity for crime.

    Speakers include academic historians, specialist staff from the National Railway Museum and experienced genealogists. With practical elements during the day this will be a fascinating event, with something for both the experienced genealogist and those just starting the search for their railway ancestors.

    Places are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis so book early to guaranteed your place. Price: 35 (30 for Friends of the NRM) includes lunch and refreshments.

    Secure your place using our online booking system, telephone (01904 621261), or in person at the National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ.

    Friends of the NRM will need to book by phone or in person to obtain their discount.

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