Volunteers Needed: Be Part of a Unique Heritage Project!
The Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership is seeking volunteers to ensure an exciting heritage site opens to the public. A team is needed to open Wath Mill to the public for four Saturdays over the summer months. This is a great opportunity for anyone with a passion for heritage, particularly if you love to share your passion with other people.
The Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership recently restored the four sets of millstones and associated machinery, and the project has attracted huge interest. Many are curious to see what’s behind the locked doors, but we can only safely open the site if it is staffed by volunteers; otherwise the doors to this fascinating glimpse through time will remain closed.
Full-training is provided and will be organised with the volunteer team during April.
Interested? Contact Louise Brown, the Historic Nidderdale Project Officer, or call her on 01423 712950 for a chat.
You can find out more about the work of the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership here.
Can any of our members or friends help out here? It would be great to encourage youngsters to develop their interest in archaeology.
The long-running and popular Pontefract branch of the Young Archaeologist’s Club is looking for adult volunteers to help keep the club alive in 2018. They are looking for volunteers to come and provide sessions on an archaeological and historical theme suitable for children and to recruit more adult volunteers to join the existing team on a more permanent basis.
Could you offer some of your time to help this valuable local club?
Pontefract YAC is one of more than 70 local hands-on archaeological youth clubs co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology (CBA). Each YAC branch is run by a team of volunteers, supported by YAC HQ at the CBA in York. They meet once a month to provide young people aged 8–16 with a range of practical archaeological experiences.
YAC’s branch volunteers come from many backgrounds: some are professional archaeologists or work in museums; others are teachers, parents or simply interested adults. The most crucial attributes of YAC volunteers are enthusiasm, dedication, enjoyment of working with young people, and an interest in the past.
YAC volunteers are provided with training opportunities – in archaeological skills, First Aid, Child Protection and other key skills – and social events, such as an annual Leaders’ Weekend.
To volunteer and help ensure that Pontefract YAC can continue to offer unique archaeological opportunities for young people in the area, please contact YAC’s Volunteer Co-ordinator, Cécilia Tuvo, at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01904 671417.
CBA YORKSHIRE AGM & SYMPOSIUM 2018
Saturday 3 February 2018
Fountains Lecture Theatre, York St John University, Clarence Street, York YO31 7RB
10.00 Annual General Meeting
11.00 Tea and coffee
Recent Excavations at Hanging Grimston
New light on Malton Roman Fort
The use of drones in archaeological surveying and investigation with special reference to
the Ure/Swale Henge alignments
Celebrating our Woodland Heritage
From Medieval Mottes to Prehistoric Round Mounds: The Yorkshire evidence
Excavations in Honley Wood, Huddersfield
Excavations on the site of the Battle of Fulford 1066
The cost of the day is £10 (Members of CBA Yorkshire & affiliated group reps) or £14 (non-members)
Morning tea/coffee is inclusive. Lunch is not provided.
More details and booking
And more congratulations, to Roman section members for producing a handsome new volume in the society’s Archaeological Reports series:
Thwing, Rudston and the Roman-Period Exploitation of the Yorkshire Wolds
… is available for only £18 from Jeremy Mills Publishing.
The Roman section lecture on 20 January features Prof. Martin Millett, a co-author, speaking about the Thwing excavations and research on Romano-British landscapes of the Great Wold Valley. 2 p.m. at Swarthmore.
OK, I exaggerate. Not quite a review, but certainly a ringing endorsement of our new publication.
“Got my copy today. Ace! Congratulations to all involved.”
(To order the book with free P&P, visit Jeremy Mills Publishing and use the code Dales18. Valid until 28 February 2018.)
Thanks to members who have already paid 2018 subscriptions, due on 1 January. If you’ve not yet done so, we would appreciate receiving payment as soon as possible.
We don’t send out automatic reminders: to calculate what is owed, please check on the society’s website.
Please note that the Brotherton Library has changed its procedure for all external readers, whose tickets are now renewed from 1 January. To keep your library card active, your YAHS subscription payment needs to be up to date.
A reminder too that it’s very helpful to us to have your current email address. If in doubt, please send it to us.
Record viewing for Wednesday’s post about the new website. Let’s hope this attracts as much interest….
Can you help? For various reasons, including ill-health, relocation and resignation, we have lost several key people in recent months. We’re also developing new ways of working and re-defining some roles. YAHS has brilliant volunteers who commit a lot of time and energy in many different ways. But for the society to keep going, and fulfil all the plans and projects underway, we urgently need more practical support.
We’re looking for a new membership secretary – a job description is being prepared. This is a really good and interesting time to take over, as membership moves to a website-based system.
We are also hoping to identify one or two new members to strengthen the Finance Committee. This group advises on and monitors investments and all financial matters. Some complementary expertise may be helpful – possibly a legal, financial or business background – but the main thing is that the society has sensible advice from people aware of economic trends and issues. We don’t directly manage our own investments. Finance Committee meets a couple of times a year, and members don’t need to be on YAHS Management Board.
If you can help with any of these – or can volunteer for general admin, or are interested in assisting in other ways, or could suggest someone – please contact me (email@example.com) or David Buck, hon. secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange a chat. Thanks.