The winter programme of talks offered by the Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society concludes next Friday with Professor Martin Millett on the subject of “Aldborough – new research on the Roman town of Isurium Brigantum“. Isurium Brigantum (Roman Aldborough) was the administrative centre of a large part of northern Britain, but because it is overlain […]
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You may have heard Don Henson of York University’s Department of Archaeology speaking about the excavations at Star Carr at the meeting of Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society in April last year. There’s more to tell, apparently, as the Society returns to the topic at its forthcoming March meeting with a talk by Professor Nicky […]
The winter series of talks by Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society continues with Alastair Oswald on “Forty years of excavation at Wharram Percy in hindsight: time for a fresh start?” The village of Wharram Percy, in the Yorkshire Wolds, was continuously occupied for about 600 years. Probably founded in the 9th or 10th century, it […]
Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society‘s winter programme resumes on Friday week with a talk by Susan Harrison, Curator (collections) North Territory, English Heritage, entitled “An Honest Gyles”. This talk will focus on a window made by the eminent glass painter of York, Henry Gyles, in 1699 and reveal the story of its discovery, research, conservation […]
Byland Abbey was described in the 12th century as one of the shining lights of northern monasticism. Its beginnings were unpromising – it was only after 43 years and numerous moves that the community of Byland found a permanent home – yet the abbey rose to be one of the largest of the Cistercian order […]
Human remains sounds exciting, but what on earth is a Windypit? The Ryedale Windypits are natural underground features located on the western slope of the valley of the River Rye. These fissures are known locally as the Windypits because they tend to emit gusts of air which can cause rustling in the vegetation and in […]
Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society concludes its summer programme of outdoor activities next Saturday, July 30, with a walking tour of Thornton Dale and nearby Ellerburn Church. Thornton le Dale is a highly picturesque village, centred on a tiny triangular green with its old market cross and stocks. Its thatched cottages must be one of […]
Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society continues its summer programme on Saturday July 9 with a conducted walk on Rosedale East Side to view remains of ironstone mines and calcining kilns, lead by Patrick and Linda Chambers from the Rosedale History Society. The meeting point is Updale Reading Room, opposite row of cottages named School Row, […]
Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society summer programme continues with a visit to Yearsley Mill excavation site to view recent discoveries, this Saturday, June 11. The walk will be about 2 miles on forest tracks, which are likely to be boggy, so wear boots. Also a conducted tour of lakes, avenue or temple site may be […]
The current winter series of talks arranged by the Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society concludes this month with “Pioneer settlers: Yorkshire at the forefront of colonisation of Britain after the Ice Age” by Don Henson of the University of York Department of Archaeology. The talk will look at conditions in Britain at the end of […]
The winter series of talks on offer from the Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society continues in March with Dr Mark Whyman of the University of York Department of Archaeology on “The Origins of York“. Wikipedia tells us boldly that “the city was founded by the Romans as Eboracum in 71 AD”, but it seems there […]
The winter series of talks offered by Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society continues with Dr Melanie Giles on “Chariot Burials of Britain”. The Iron Age chariot burials of North, West and particularly East Yorkshire, are an internationally renowned phenomenon. Containing the complete or dismantled remains of two-wheeled vehicles and horse trappings, these burials are often […]
Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society begins its new season of talks on Friday January 15 with “This Exploited Land: the trailblazing story of ironstone and railways in the North York Moors”. The speaker will be Dr Louise Cooke, Heritage Officer for ‘This Exploited Land’ Project, North York Moors National Park Authority. (Members may recall that […]
Dr Kate Giles of the University of York Department of Archaeology will give the November talk at the Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society, on “ Richard III and the Middleham Jewel“. The Middleham Jewel is one of the most important examples of a late medieval pendant, discovered near Middleham Castle by metal detectorists in the […]
Monthly talks with the Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society continue in October with Professor Richard Morris on “Lightnings, clouds and saints: Lastingham and its neighbours in the seventh and eighth centuries“. The talk will ask why so many religious houses were founded in Anglo-Saxon Ryedale, introduce new evidence for their devotional life, surroundings and connections, […]
Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society’s winter series of talks concludes on Friday April 17 with “York: the Lost Centuries” by Dr Ailsa Mainman from the York Archaeological Trust. The talk will cover Dr Mainman’s current research on Anglo-Saxon and early Viking age York. Dr Mainman’s late husband, Dr Richard Hall, led the five year excavation […]
Talks organised by the Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society continue in March with Martin Vander Weyer on the subject of “Helmsley’s Baron and the Magna Carta“. “Helmsley’s Baron” — Robert de Ros (1182-1227) — is chiefly remembered in local history for having rebuilt the timber fortifications of Helmsley Castle in stone. But he had a […]
Next in the winter series of talks at Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society is “In the Footsteps of the White Monks” by Jan Cooper. The white monks were Cistercian, so called because of the colour of their habit. The order broke off from the Benedictines in the late 11th century, sought solitude in remote places, […]
The 2015 season of monthly talks at Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society opens on Friday January 16 with Dr Jonathan Finch from the Department of Archaeology at the University of York, on the rise of the Lascelles family. Entitled “From Yorkshire to the Caribbean: the Archaeology of the Lascelles Family and Harewood House“, the talk […]
“The North Yorkshire Moors Railway and Local Industrial History” is the next in the winter series of talks offered by the Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society. The speaker is Mark Sissons, Archivist for the NYMR. There is a lot of historical information about the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on its web site, under the information […]
“The Vikings in Yorkshire” is the next in the winter series of talks offered by the Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society. The speaker is Professor Joyce Hill, Emeritus Professor of Medieval Literature at the University of Leeds. The Vikings came to Yorkshire as invaders, and remained as settlers. We can see evidence of their presence […]
The new season of monthly talks organised by the Helmsley Archaelogical and Historical Society opens on Friday September 19 with Charles Jones on “The Battle of Fulford: History, Archaeology and Tapestry”. The earliest and least known of the three great battles of 1066, which determined the future of Britain, the Battle of Fulford took place […]
Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society is offering a guided walk around Sheriff Hutton church and both castles, led by Roy Thompson, with tea at the end, this coming Saturday, June 28th. The main ruined castle is in private hands, so this is a rare opportunity to see it from the inside. Meet at the church […]
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