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New Appointment for Society Member at the Borthwick Institute

Congratulations to Gary Brannan who has just been appointed as the new Keeper of Archives and Special Collections at the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York. 

Gary is an active member of our Society and has delivered talks at our meetings on many occasions. 

New Keeper of Archives

Nostell Priory Events

A Gallop Through Time: riding school and stable tour.

Journey through time and discover the role of Nostell's horses on a brand new tour of the stables, loft and riding school.

21 August, 29 August

More Information: A Gallop Through Time

History and Heritage Courses at the University of York

The University of York have released their programme of public courses for 2019-2020. Their non-accredited courses include Saturday day courses and weekday evening courses on a wide range of topics.

To findout what is on offer in the History and Heritage section see: University of York Courses

Yorkshire in History Group
based at Manygates Adult Education Centre

Wednesday 4 Sept Visit and talk booked at Leeds Discovery Centre, which houses the collections of Leeds City Museums and Galleries.

Wednesday 6 Nov Talk on the History of Bretton Park by Leonard Bartle (postponed from March).

Contact: Peter Phillips at or phone 07552 302319

50 Years of Lotherton

2019 sees Lotherton Hall celebrate 50 years as a museum and they're marking the occasion with three joint exhibitions. End of an Era looks at the family who donated the estate to the city, while Fifty Years in the Making dives into the Hall's incredible collection to show how its changed over the last half-century. The final one is Fashion Forward, an exhibition that showcases the work of emerging Yorkshire designers as part of their extensive couture collections.

50 Years of Lotherton comes to Lotherton Hall from Friday 1st March to 20th October 2019.






















The Glories of Victorian Circus
Wakefield One, Saturday 17 August 1 - 2.30pm

There is a talk about 'The Glories of Victorian Circus' and a play about Pablo Fanque - a black Victorian Circus Proprietor who started his circus in Wood Street in 1841.

There is also an exhibition based on Victorian parlours. This features many pieces of original material and copies from Wakefield archive. The talk and play are free.


York International Card Expo.
30/31 August York Racecourse

There will be dealers from all over the country and Europe selling postcards dating from 1900 to 1960, showing views of all parts of Britain, and indeed of the world. Churches, street scenes, groups of people and individuals, demolished buildings, country houses, stations &c.

York International Card Expo

Society for Clay Pipe Research Annual Conference 2019

Saturday 7th September at The Art House, Sheffield, Sunday 8th September for a guided walking tour of Sheffield’s historic centre.

The Society for Clay Pipe Research Annual Conference will be held at The Art House, 8 Backfields, Sheffield, S1 4HJ. The theme of the morning conference talks will be pipes and pipemakers from Sheffield and the county of Yorkshire, and the afternoon will consider wider areas and themes. Setting up time for the conference will be from 9am on the Saturday morning. The conference fee includes lunch and refreshments for all delegates. On Saturday evening will be the optional Conference Dinner at Ego Mediterranean Restaurant, Sheffield, at a cost of £25 per person.
On Sunday there will be a guided walking tour of Sheffield’s historic centre.

For all enquiries, bookings, and offers of displays and/or talks (which can range in length from 10 minutes to 30 minutes) please contact the conference organiser: Susie White, 3 Clarendon Road, Wallasey, Merseyside, CH44 8EH. Email:

calderdale heritage walks

Calderdale Heritage Walks are an organisation dedicated to offering the public a year-round programme of walks throughout Calderdale linked to the history and heritage of this rather special area. The majority of walks are centred on the towns and villages, but some have a more rural feel and explore the old lanes, paths and settlements of our extensive countryside.

The standard walks last 2 to 2¼ hours, and are fairly easy walking.'Extended' walks last 2½ to 3 hours and some of those use rural paths and are harder walking. Most start points are accessible by public transport and our standard walks always go ahead, whatever the weather. The charge for almost all walks is £3 (for all ages).

Sunday 18th August 2019 FIELDENTOWN
The Fielden family left its mark on Todmorden in many ways including work, religion, education and leisure.  This walk around Todmorden explores the story of the Fieldens looking at many of the fine buildings they left us and some of the places where they lived and worked

Sunday 25th August 2019 ALONG BURDOCK WAY

You'll be surprised how much Halifax history lies along this route. We'll see buildings of varying ages telling us a surprising amount about the town, its people, its industries and more from the last 2½ centuries

More information: Calderdale Heritage Walks