Yorkshire Archaeological Society News


The International Medieval Congress in association with the YAS presented: Celts, Saxons, and Vikings: The 'Great War' of 937 and the Battle of Brunanburh by Michael Wood


IMC lecture 9/7/14














From the left : Axel Müller - Director International Medieval Congress & Chairman of the YAS Medieval Section, Sylvia Thomas - President of the YAS and Michael Wood

More to follow




Forthcoming excursions: York and Bradford in September and October 2014

Details are now confirmed of the next two YAS excursions.

Friday 26 September: Medieval stained glass in four York churches. A study day with Alan Petford.

Thursday 30 October 2014: Bradford's Heritage: A tour of Bradford Cathedral and the Bradford Club.

Please see the Field Trips page http://yas.org.uk/content/trips.html for more details and how to book.




Report of excursion to Wressle Castle

You can read about our latest YAS excusion to Wressle Castle on Sat 7 June 2014 on our 2014 Highlights page. We hope this might inspire you to join a future excursion. Please check the http://www.yas.org.uk/content/trips.html for the latest details of forthcoming excursions.



Historic Bradford. A series of talks looking into the deeper history of Old Bradford by Janet Senior, June-Aug 2014

Wed 4 June: The Bradford Boar

Wed 2 July: Reverend Jonathan Glyde – the man who inspired Titus Salt?

Wed 6 August: A history of Bradford through its buildings c1200 to c1900

Wed 3 Sept: Bronte Influences

All talks are at Glyde House, Glydegate, Little Horton, Bradford. BD5 0BQ. 3-4.30pm and 7-8.30pm.

£5 per person including cake and coffee

For more information call 01274 271 111 or see Glyde House website




Medieval Yorkshire contributors

The Medieval Section is aiming to produce the first issue in a new series of its journal 'Medieval Yorkshire' by December 2014. Authors who may have material which they can offer for publication are invited to get in touch with the Section as soon as possible. Further details can be found on the Medieval Section blog.



New YAS enewsletter

Members who have signed up to receive electronic mailings should have received a copy of our new electronic newsletter before Easter. This was our first newsletter so if you were expecting to receive it and didn't please get in touch and we will make sure you get a copy of the next issue. The newsletter mailing list currently includes YAS members, affiliated societies and institutional members who have provided us with email addresses. We would like to make our newsletter available to all Section only members too, so if you would like to received the enewsletter please send your email address to yas.secretary@gmail.com

The editors welcome suggestion and content from members for future newsletters, so if you would like to contribute please get in touch with Vanessa and Andrea on yas.enewsletter@gmail.com




Announcing the latest publication from the YAS

Twakefield court rolls 16he latest publication in the Wakefield Court Rolls Series is now available. This volume of more than 300 pages is an edition of the manorial court roll for the year 1812-13. The editor is Dr John A Hargreaves, well-known as the historian of Halifax. John has provided the text with a remarkably full battery of notes - over thirty pages of them - which greatly amplify our knowledge of the hundreds of individuals who pass through the pages of this court roll of two hundred years ago.

The range of characters is remarkable: from the duke of Leeds and the Earl of Strafford to the myriad of small businessmen who made up the backbone of the West Riding economy. These busy and independently-minded manufacturers and traders were individual in their religion as well, and an number of entries testify to the strength of chapel-going in the Riding.

The manor of Wakefield covered a huge area - around 130 square miles - in the heart of the West Riding. Remarkably, its records are also exceptional. They survive, to a large extent complete, for over 650 years from 1274 to 1925, when manorial courts ceased to be held. Recognising their great importance, three years go, the UK Commission of UNESCO enrolled the records of the manor on its National Register of the Memory of the World.

For seventy years the records have been in the safekeeping of the YAS. The Society has a section dedicated to the publication of the rolls. The early volumes are now newly republished by Cambridge University Press. Many of the sixteen volumes published since 1977 are still available for purchase from the YAS on-line shop.

You can buy a copy of the new volume for 20 (plus p & p) or subscribe to the series for 9 a year (13 for overseas subscribers). Full details can be found on the website. Buy Now

Another volume will be published later this year. More information about it soon!




Journal articles

For details of how to submit articles for consideration for the YAJ, please contact the YAS Secretary by email or post.