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  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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


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