A treat coming up for crime-thriller bookworms: join the York branch of Waterstones bookstore as they head over to York Explore to welcome number one bestseller, Val McDermid as she returns with her pulse-pounding, suspenseful new novel Insidious Intent, featuring two of the most distinctive and iconic characters in crime fiction, Tony Hill and Carol […]
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If you know the astonishing art of Andy Goldsworthy, you may like to attend a public talk by him on his ‘Hanging Stones’ in Northdale Valley. This project (funded by the David Ross Foundation) uses former agricultural buildings in thought-provoking ways. Andy Goldsworthy is a sculptor, photographer and environmentalist producing site-specific sculpture and land art […]
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 […]
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 Vikings in Ryedale” is the subject of next week’s Friday evening talk arranged by the Pickering branch of the WEA. The speaker, Dr Matthew Townend, is Reader in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York, where he specialises in the language, literature, and history of Viking Age England; Old […]
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 […]
The monthly talks organised by the Pickering branch of the WEA continue next Friday with Alistair Dalgleish on “Local men who fought in the US Civil War”. Just to remind you, the American Civil War was fought from 1861 to 1865. The Union faced secessionists in eleven Southern states, grouped together as the Confederate States […]
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 […]
The monthly Friday evening lectures arranged by the Pickering branch of the WEA continue this week with David Clark on “Jutland 1916: Jellicoe v Scheer”. The Battle of Jutland was a naval battle fought by the British Royal Navy’s Grand Fleet under Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, against the Imperial German Navy’s High Seas Fleet under […]
The Friends of Lastingham Church invite you to the Lastingham Annual Lecture 2016, to be given by Professor Ian Wood, and entitled ‘East Coast Connections’. The lecture will be an investigation of the seventh-century connections between Lastingham and Whitby, on the one hand, and monasteries in East Anglia and the northern part of the Frankish […]
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 […]
British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake has inspired adults and children alike with his recent mission to the International Space Station (ISS). This is your chance to hear about his experiences first hand. From launch to landing, discover what it’s like to live and work aboard the ISS. Tim Peake is the first British ESA Astronaut. […]
Attention bookworms, especially aficionados of the modern novel, an amazing array of authors will be speaking in York this month. We’ve picked out the top four (our top four anyway) but you can find others listed on the Waterstones website. AN EVENING WITH PAT BARKER AT YORK EXPLORE Pat Barker will be talking about her […]
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 […]
Alison Weir, one of the UK’s best-selling historical novelists will be speaking in York on May 18, and introducing “Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen”, the first in a spellbinding six-novel series about Henry VIII’s Queens. Informed by extensive research and new theories, the novel, which will be published tomorrow, takes you on an engrossing […]
British constitutional historian and a radio and television presenter, David Starkey, is coming to Helmsley . The UK’s leading constitutional historian, known for his forthright views, is to talk about the Magna Carta, the 13th century agreement that , imperfect though it was, and radically modified in its first ten years, limited for the first […]
Colleen Allwod from the Alzheimer’s Society ‘Side by Side’ project in Ryedale will be talking about Dementia Awareness at the next meeting of Kirkbymoorside Churches Together in the Methodist Church on Tuesday April 12th at 2pm. The meeting will be helpful for anyone wanting to know more about dementia, its sufferers and anyone wanting to […]
The WEA winter series of talks concludes on Friday March 4 with “Cawthorn Camps – the Romans around Pickering”. The speaker is Peter Wilson who works for Historic England, the public body that looks after England’s historic environment, which came into being recently when it split off from English Heritage. Cawthorn Camps is a Roman […]
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 […]
The Pickering Branch of the WEA opens its spring series of Friday talks with Mark Sissons on “The Industries of the Whitby and Pickering Railway“.
Friday talks arranged by the Pickering branch of the WEA continue in December with well-known local dialect expert Adam Collier on “The Local Yorkshire Dialect and its Origins”. By way of background, here’s an extract from an article that Adam wrote last year for the Gazette and Herald: I developed a love of dialect from […]
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 […]
Third Thursday Talks on Arts Creativity and Ideas, in Appleton-le-Moors continue on Thursday 19 November with Hugh Hubbard on The Infinite, Timeless, Recreating Universe. Don’t panic, read on, it’s not just for experts. Hugh Hubbard has a degree in Physics (nuclear, theoretical and astrophysics), a PhD in Chemistry and is a materials scientist at the […]
The next Friday evening talk offered by the Pickering branch of the WEA is by Alistair Dalgleish, on the subject of “Local men who fought in the American Civil War”. The war was fought between 1861 and 1865. The causes are still a matter of debate, but Pulitzer Prize-winning author James McPherson writes that “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, […]
Thursday 17 September, Graham Lyons on Athiesm and Jazz. Likely to be both very entertaining and challenging! Graham is a former secretary of the Athiest society in London and is an excellent jazz improviser particularly on the clarinet and saxophone. He will be talking about Athiesm and his interest in science. He will also be […]
Interested in hearing about life in one of the most stunning, but inhospitable environments on Earth? Then come along and hear about it first hand from Julian Thomas who last year trekked 600 miles from the coast of Antarctica to the ‘bottom of the world’. Julian Thomas has previously trekked up Mont Blanc, through the […]
Waterstones York invite you to join them for a delightful evening with the poplar author, Alexander McCall Smith. Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world’s most prolific and most popular authors. His career has been a varied one: for many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities in the […]
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 […]
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