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YAS Excursions for 2017

Full details of these outings can be found here or in the news archive


Thursday 23rd February 2017

An opportunity to visit the Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield, with a private tour of the nationally important Hawley Tool Collection. Option to continue to the small, but important, Turner Museum of Glass at Sheffield University. Cost: £10


Thursday 2nd March 2017

An opportunity to visit the British Library at Thorp Arch, Boston Spa for a guided tour and an introduction to the reading room facilities. Lunch available in the restaurant. Cost: Visit and tour free of charge (maximum 25 members).


Tuesday 11th April 2017

A day at Cromford Mills, Derbyshire with a guided tour. Cost £10.

The visit involves a personalised tour of this world heritage site, starting at 10.30 am with the main mill complex and the Arkwright Audio-Visual Experience, which demonstrates how Sir Richard Arkwright founded his industrial empire by pioneering the world’s first successful cotton-spinning mill to be powered by water. Lunch if required is available in the on-site cafe, with plenty for people to see and enjoy at their own pace, to make this a very full and interesting day. For details of the site see https://www.cromfordmills.org.uk/.


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Trips about which further details will be supplied in due course

Tuesday 4th April 2017

Evening visit (5.00 pm) to the Optare plc bus and coach manufacturers at Sherburn-in-
Elmet. Free of charge, but maximum 20 members. Please note that this location is not
easily accessible by public transport.

Thursday 8th June 2017

Morning guided tour of the English Heritage, Helmsley Archaeological Store. Free of
charge but maximum 20 members (individual donations welcome from attendees).
Followed by lunch at Ampleforth Abbey, and a guided tour of the abbey church there.

Look out for more information nearer the time of these two trips

Enquiries to yas.excursion@gmail.com.




Opportunities to view Walker-related archive material purchased earlier in 2016 (the Walker-Tottie archive) - 2.00 pm, 30 November 2016, University of Leeds

Earlier this year generous donations from members, and grants from the Francis Coales Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the National Libraries, enabled the Society to purchase the Walker/Tottie archive at auction. This was a considerable coup for the Society. The new material is now listed under YAS/MD489, and forms part of our collection at the Brotherton Library Special Collections Department at the University of Leeds. The list can be seen online: 


There is now an opportunity to view the new material, together with some of Gerge Walker's original watercolours, in the Treasures Gallery, in the university's Parkinson Building, at 2 p.m. on Wednesday 30 November. There will also be an introduction to the new Treasures Gallery, with its permanent and temporary exhibitions. All members and friends welcome.