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  • Medieval stained glass in four York churches: a study day with Alan Petford

    Posted: 28/08/14

    Yorkshire Archaeological Society Excursion - Programme for the day:

    Friday, 26th September, 2014:

    The day starts at 10.00 at Holy Trinity Goodramgate. We will spend approx 1 hour in each of the 4 churches (Holy Trinity, Goodramgate, St Martins, Coney Street, St Denys, Walmgate and All Saints, North Street). There will be a walk of approx 30 minutes between each church. No arrangements have been made for lunch. Please bring a packed lunch with you and we will eat at a convenient time and place...25 places only.

    Cost: 15 (cheques payable to 'Yorkshire Archaeological Society') or pay through PayPal through the excursions section of the YAS Online Payments page at:

    Closing date: Friday 19 September

    Please book by post to Janet Senior, YAS Excursions, Claremont, 23 Clarendon Road, Leeds, LS2 9NZ or email When booking please include: name, address, email/telephone number and number of places required.

    Download details and booking form

  • The Roman Roads of North Yorkshire

    Posted: 27/08/14

    The Roman Roads of North Yorkshire; what we know, what we don’t, and what we might in future!

    Mike Haken will give the first of a series of talks on The Roman Roads of North Yorkshire at Thornton-le-Street Village Hall between Thirsk and Northallerton on Saturday 13th September at 2.00 pm. Admission will be 2 at the door. The series is intended to stimulate research into the routes of Roman roads in the county and ensure that it is adequately recorded.

    The speaker is the webmaster of the Roman Antiquities Section of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society and editor of their eNewsletter, Roman Yorkshire. His interest in Roman roads began as a teenager growing up in Saddleworth, when work was just starting to find the true course of the Roman road from Manchester to York, a task that is still ongoing nearly forty years later. Whilst he went on to read Architecture at Cambridge, and is currently one of Yorkshire’s leading equestrian artists, his interest in Roman roads never left him. Some years ago, when he moved to a cottage in Nidd near Harrogate just yards from the presumed course of the Roman road from Ilkley to Aldborough, his interest was reignited. As part of a project, which arose out of his work developing the gazetteer section of the Roman Antiquities Section website, he is currently working with a number of local groups and individuals on a variety of Roman road related research projects across Yorkshire.

    He will begin with an overview of our understanding of Roman roads in North Yorkshire, in the context of the wider Roman road network. Mike will draw comparisons between what antiquarians of the past thought they knew about the road network, what most archaeologists and Romanists think we know, what may possibly have once existed, and what we know for certain. He will then give a brief summary of recent research, including the excavation of a Roman road cutting on the Ripley Castle estate, conducted by a group drawn from the Roman Antiquities Section, South Leeds Archaeology, and several other groups, which have established the route of the Roman road just north of the River Nidd near Hampsthwaite. He will conclude by highlighting possible areas of future research and fieldwork which may help to fill some of the gaps in our knowledge and further our understanding of the subject.

    Further details can be obtained from John Sheehan:

    tel: 01609 771878


  • Leonora Cohen; a Leeds Suffragette

    Posted: 27/08/14

    Study Days at Abbey House Museum:

    Thursday, 18th September 2014, 11am-3pm:

    With Nicola Pullan, Assistant Curator of Social History

    Come and spend the day at Abbey House Museum exploring our Leonora Cohen collection and looking at the role of women in the early twentieth century. The collection was donated by Cohen, a Leeds based suffragette who went to prison for the cause. The focus of the morning will be an illustrated talk looking at the campaigns and events taking place in Leeds and other local areas with a chance to think about some of the issues involved. In the afternoon there will be the opportunity to look up close at a range of ephemera donated to the museum by Leonora herself.

    Tea and Coffee will be provided and lunch will be in the Castlegate cafe.

    Cost: 10

    To book, please call 0133 230 5492 or email us at
    Abbey House Museum, Abbey Walk, Kirkstall, Leeds, LS5 3EH

  • Researching Your House History

    Posted: 22/05/14

    Course to be held at Barley Hall, 2 Coffee Yard, Stonegate, York, YO1 8AR:

    Researching the History of Your House, four consecutive Thursday's, 7:00pm - 9:00pm on the 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th July

    A 4-session course with Dr. Jayne Rimmer

    Cost: 35.00

    Every home whatever its age or size has stories to tell about individuals, everyday domestic life, and the local history of your area.

    Whether you are a homeowner or a tenant, discovering the history of your house can be a fascinating and rewarding experience.

    This four-session course with Dr Jayne Rimmer will introduce you to the research techniques that are used to investigate when a house was constructed, who it was built by, and its owners and occupants over time. It will guide you through the architectural history of domestic building, the analysis of original features and domestic floor plans, and the interpretation of any later modifications or additions.

    As this is a 4-session course, you will need to attend each of the four two-hour sessions.

    To book your place on the course, call: 01904 615505 or you can book on-line, details of the course and how to book can be located at:

  • Tudor and Stuart Sources for Family History

    Posted: 14/05/14

    Course to be held at the Society of Genealogists (SoG):

    Tudor and Stuart Sources for Family History, Saturday, 14 June 10:30-17:00

    A full-day course with Else Churchill, Dr Colin Chapman, Dr Janet Few and Michael Gandy

    Cost: 28.00

    In this full-day course, we will look at not only the 17th Century sources available to the family historian, but also the impact of witchcraft on communities in this era, and to gain an understanding of how the written word evolved, and the basics of reading old handwriting in the 17th Century.

    Details of the course can be located at:

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