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Norman conquest of Yorkshire

William of Normandy defeated Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 thus becoming “The Conqueror” of England, and its king until his death in 1087: every schoolboy knows that. But have you ever considered just how ‘the conquering’ happened? William’s army was small, and in hostile territory. England covered a large area, and […]

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Halloween Walk – 31 Oct

Meet us outside the Library at 7pm on Tuesday 31 October – all welcome

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2018 Kirkbymoorside Calendars – Out Now

The Kirkbymoorside History Group has produced its calendar for 2018, and copies are available now from the Children in Distress Shop in town, or by contacting the group via its website. There are only 75 copies printed so make sure you get a copy now. The theme this year is Kirkbymoorside – A Traditional Working […]

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New voyage of discovery for HM Bark Endeavour, the full-scale replica of Captain Cook’s ship

The replica of one of the most famous ships in the history of maritime exploration is being prepared for a new voyage along the North York Moors coast to Whitby. In August a partnership led by Whitby businessman Andrew Fiddler purchased HM Bark Endeavour, one of only two full-scale replicas in the world of the […]

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Civil War re-enactment at Helmsley Castle

It’s 1644 and Helmsley Castle is under siege! Experience all the action from Helmsley Castle’s first and last military engagement. Watch the drama unfold as Sir Thomas Fairfax and the forces of Parliament attempt to wrest control of Helmsley Castle from the determined Royalist Garrison. Visit the encampments on both sides to find out what […]

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ironstone archaeological dig may 2017

Help dig for history – Volunteers sought for Land of Iron community archaeological excavation

People can play their part in helping unearth and preserve the historical remains associated with one of the most important industrial periods in the history of the North York Moors by joining a community archaeological excavation. The North York Moors National Park is seeking volunteers to join experts in the excavation of three trenches at […]

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Beck Isle Museum

Beck Isle Museum summer events

Over the school summer holidays there are a range of family friendly events taking place at the Beck Isle Museum. Pop into the museum between 26 July and 3 September and get creative with craft activities suitable for the whole family, with a different theme each fortnight. Have a go at creating sea creatures, design […]

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All Saints Church, Kirkbymoorside

Church tour

We have organised a history tour of all Saint’s Church with Phil Thomas who is the Diocesan Buildings Officer on 2nd August 2017 at 7pm – mark your diaries. Phil is an excellent, very knowledgeable speaker and the evening will start with a quick tour outside the church followed by an unravelling of the history, […]

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New book on the history of the NYMR

From the North Yorkshire Moors Railway: A new book, “The North Yorkshire Moors Railway and The Esk Valley Line, Past and Present” by John Hunt is available to order now.  This is a Subscribers’ Edition release available only on pre-order. This fascinating book takes you on a past and present comparative journey from Whitby to […]

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Kirkbymoorside History Group & Moorsbus

3rd Town Walk – Sunday 25th June – 12 noon Come along on the 3rd Town Walk arranged by Moorsbus and led by Louise Mudd of Kirkbymoorside History Group. Meet up outside The Lemon Tree Fish & Chips for a gentle stroll around the town, taking in some of the histories behind the streets. It […]

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The Boon Hill Brigade – Appeal for info

Calling any members/ relatives of Royal Observer Corps Boon Hill, Kirkbymoorside. We are publishing a booklet on this small group and we need your stories or adventures. If you want to contribute please get in touch. The post was active during WWII right up to 1991. We will be printing at the end of May 2017, so […]

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The Kirkdale Lecture 2017

Parsons, Patronage and Peasantry in the later archives of Kirkdale. Archival materials belonging to the University of Oxford, owners of the Vicarage of Kirkdale since the mid-17th century, affords many glimpses of parochial life in the moorland parish of Kirkdale – never a wealthy parish. Successive vicars, poorly paid, lacking a vicarage house, obliged to […]

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Ironstone heritage project begins in the North York Moors National Park

A major four-year project that aims to preserve the legacy and the landscape connected with one of the most important historical periods in the North York Moors gets underway in March, thanks to National Lottery players. The beginning of a three-week art exhibition at the National Park’s Inspired by… gallery and Ironfest, a one-day festival […]

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80 years and counting – a Lifetime of Collecting

A special exhibition to celebrate the 80th birthdays of local collectors Sid Woodhams and John Stone John Stone and Sid Woodhams turn 80 years old on 18th and 19th March 2017 respectively. The Woodhams-Stone Collection is planning to celebrate by holding on a celebratory exhibition at the former Conservative Club, 32 Market Place, Malton, from […]

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The Iron Age past of Slingsby

An interesting talk coming up with a group we haven’t featured before, the Slingsby History Group: Dr Melanie Giles on “The Iron Age Past of Slingsby and East Yorkshire“. This illustrated talk will shed light on the fascinating  Iron Age archaeology of Slingsby, including its barrow cemetery and possible chariot burial, which Dr Giles will […]

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Beck Isle Museum prepares for new season

New seasons’s attractions for 2017 Beck Isle Museum will reopen on Saturday, February 18th for the 2017 season. We will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through February and March and then switch to summer hours from April onwards, with a closing time of 5 p.m. Our volunteers are busy cleaning and updating […]

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Kirkbymoorside History Group half term activities

Loads going on with one of the town’s most active groups:

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Talk on Viking Age Lastingham, with supper

The Friends of Lastingham Church invite you to a talk by Heather O’Donaghue, Professor of Old Norse, Faculty of English Language and Literature, University of Oxford, entitled ‘Viking Age Lastingham’. The notorious story of the Viking raid on Lindisfarne in 793AD, typifies the view that Vikings were savage pagan raiders who made unexpected and violent […]

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Slingsby Sailplane Badge Surprise!

This small enamelled lapel badge sold at the local Ryedale Auctioneers Saleroom at their recent militaria sale for a little over its estimate of £40 – £60. Made in Birmingham for Slingsby Sailplanes, which was the first name of the company now known as Marshall Slingsby Advanced Composites, the badge measures a little over 3cm long and 2 […]

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A glimpse into the past!

As part of the Kirkbymoorside History Group’s project to create an archive, we worked alongside the children from Key Stage Two and the school’s history club. Our project was to recreate a map of the town showing the householders listed in a survey dated 1730, which came as part of The Court Collection.  The task […]

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Sir Thomas Peirson Frank

A Kirkbymoorside hero – Sir Thomas Peirson Frank

The ‘man who saved London from drowning’. I came across a reference to this Kirkby born engineer on Twitter when his birth date was celebrated earlier this month by the Institute of Civil Engineers. Frank was born in 1881 here in Kirkby. He was elected to the Smeatonian Society of Civil Engineers in 1937 and […]

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Mediaeval Moorsbus Meander – Sunday the 31st July

Stu Bell, famed walking correspondent for the Whitby Gazette, is going to lead this walk with a difference. He’s the one wearing a Moorsbus “M” badge… Meet at Sinnington crossroads on the A170 at 11:00. Make sure that you give the Rambler and Explorer drivers plenty of warning that you want to stop there. To […]

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Medieval weekend in Appleton le Moors

The weekend of July 30 and 31 is Medieval Weekend in the nearby village of Appleton le Moors. The village is turning back the clock for a weekend packed with  demonstrations, displays, activities, talks, walks, a medieval café,  baking, music, a hog roast, dressing up, the Black Knight,  spinning, weaving,  dyeing, felting,  pottery, blacksmithing, carpentry, […]

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Walk with Kirkbymoorside History Group

A gentle walk on Sunday 24th July starting at 2pm and lasting about 1 hour. You are welcome to join us afterwards at The Kings Head, where KMS History Group’s albums of old photos can be enjoyed. Publications will also be available to buy.

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History Group Archive – Open Days!

 Dates for your diary Friday 22nd July 2016 10 – 6 pm Saturday 23rd July 2016 10 – 4 pm. Open Days for the Kirkbymoorside History Group Archives! Come along and see just how far we’ve come on our journey to create a permanent home for our ever-growing collection of material, thanks to our  Sharing Heritage […]

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Railway in Wartime ‘Bomb Happy’

New for 2016, The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is working with York Normandy Veterans and Everwitch Theatre to create an innovative new verbatim play as part of the annual Railway in Wartime event. The play will be based on the first hand experiences of D-Day and the subsequent battles to liberate France by the last […]

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Hair Clippers from Woodhams Stone Collection

Woodhams Stone Collection on tour across Ryedale

Items from the popular Woodhams-Stone Collection will be on the road from summer 2016 as its social history roadshow tours libraries across Ryedale. Artefacts and information from the Collection will tour round five libraries staying in each venue for three months, starting in Malton then Norton, Pickering, Kirbymoorside and Helmsley. Project Officer, Sarah Maultby said: […]

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History Group – Sort and Sift Session

Come along to our next Sort and Sift Day – Monday 11th April from 10 am till 3 pm. we will be working in the new library – upstairs in Church House, Market Place. Everyone welcome! We still have lots to do…     Funded by the Two Ridings Community Foundation                         […]

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WW1 Ambulance Train

That Vile Train: First World War Ambulance Trains

Is the title of the next meeting of Ryedale Family History Group which is on Wednesday 16 March at 7.30pm at Hovingham Village Hall. The speaker is Alison Kay, associate archivist at the National Railway Museum, who has been researching ambulance trains for an exhibition at the museum in York and is a well known […]

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History Group Sift and Sort Sessions a Success!

Thanks to all those who have come to see us working our way through a mountain of documentation. Those who stayed on to open up the mystery bundles of papers have uncovered some amazing facts; polling records from 1832 listing every voter and their address across 28 villages, court and jury listings for all the […]

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