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Local and Family History network, 2019

Wakefield Group, 4th Monday of the month, 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Wakefield One Library

22 July: Researching Domestic Servants
26 August: No meeting

Ossett & Horbury Group, 2nd Friday of the month,
11am - 12.30pm, Horbury Library

Festival of Archaeology 2019
13 - 28 July 2019

CBA's Festival of Archaeology website for 2019 is a showcase for archaeology events from around the UK, and has information for event organisers. Some events before the date of the Festival have already been added.

Festival of Archaeology

Yorkshire in History Group
based at Manygates Adult Education Centre

Wednesday 7 August Possibly a free tour of Kirkstall Abbey (plus Abbey House Museum ?)

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.

New Website for Wrenthorpe

If you are interested in Wrenthorpe history a blog started in September 2018 provides transcriptions of articles and some images from the British Newspaper Archive related to Wrenthorpe, with added comments to give some background. The site is searchable.

Wrenthorpe in the News





















Archaeology and Folklore of Lowe Hill
Thursday 25 July 1pm

At the highest point of Thornes Park is the motte and bailey from a medieval castle. Local historian Dave Weldrake will be giving a talk about the castle and then leading a walk to the site.

Please meet at the reception of Thornes Park College at 1pm. Suitable footwear is advised.

This event is part of the Park Week for the Friends of CHaT Parks.

More information: Lowe Hill Archaeology

25 July South Leeds Archaeology
The Knight Templars of Temple Newsam,
by Dave Weldrake
Wednesday 24 July

Dave’s talk will feature the Knight Templars who had a strong presence in Yorkshire.  His talk provides an overview of the knightly order as well as describing their preceptory at Temple Newsam which Sir Walter Scott is believed to have used as the model for Temple Stowe in Ivanhoe.

More information: South Leeds Archaeology

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 21st July 2019, Midgley Meander, Walk around the centre of the old village of Midgley and up to the edge of the morr to see old quarries and wonderful views. (Please note this is not Midgley near West Bretton)

More information: Calderdale Heritage Walks

Royal Armouries anniversary of Cloth of Gold in 2020

©Royal Armouries

Ahead of the 500th anniversary of the Field of Cloth of Gold next year the Royal Armouries in Leeds are raising essential funds to re-create a treasured Tudor helmet in their collection. The money raised will be towards the work of a skilled armourer and materials, and the completed helmet will be worn by a knight at our special celebratory tournament in May 2020.

More information: Tudor Helmet