Finding YAJ contents online

Maney, publishers of the Yorkshire Archaeological Journal since 2010, were taken over by Taylor and Francis/ Routledge last year. The Maney website is now shutting down, so YAJ contents from 2010 can now be seen here.

As for the YAJ pre-Maney, we are looking at options to digitise and offer online. Some U.S. sites have the odd early issue of YAJ, but something more systematic would be good.

To be continued….



The AGM last year approved a change of name to the Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society – to better reflect our members’ range of interests.

If you think it’s since gone quiet – it has, because there are (and will continue to be) many practical matters to sort out. The new title is now being gradually introduced, so look out for YAHS not YAS on society communications from around Easter time. (The journal is to remain the Yorkshire Archaeological Journal.)

The new title will be launched as the first of our Brotherton collections are opened to readers and researchers in early April, and as we unveil our new Walker/ Tottie archival collection. The YA(H)S Promotions group will be working with the university press office.

Something tells me it will be a while before we all stop calling ourselves Y.A.S.



Field trip to Byland and Helmsley

Thank you to CBA Yorkshire, who invite us to join a field trip on Sunday 12 June to two outstanding medieval sites, Byland Abbey and Helmsley Castle.

Meet at the Byland Inn opposite Byland Abbey for registration and tea/coffee followed by a talk on the site and a guided tour. In the afternoon, there’s a visit to Helmsley castle with introductory talk and guided tour.

The day costs £25, to include refreshments, lunch, entry to the two sites and contribution towards costs of guides. You’ll need to arrange your own transport.

There’s a form on the flyer here. Please return with payment to

An excuse for yet another lovely image of Yorkshire….




Bede’s World

Another museum under very real threat. Supporters of Bede’s World are asking for our help. Please see below. Only three or four years ago, South Tyneside and Sunderland councils were promoting UNESCO World Heritage Status for this site, and spending hundreds of thousands on a Jarrow-Wearmouth bid. And now they want to close this great regional asset.

Don’t know if you’ve heard but Bede’s World has been closed! It’s a disaster for Anglo-Saxon history and knowledge. However, its staff and supporters are fighting to save it and we can help in several ways. If anyone is on Facebook or Twitter, see “Save Bede’s World Museum”. Sign an online petition at Or email the leader of South Tyneside Council, Iain Malcolm, or the CE, Martin Swales at .


Lancashire museums under threat

Several museums run by Lancashire county council are threatened with closure. Particularly worrying is the loss of textile mill museums at Helmshore and Queen Street, Burnley.

See the Museums Association’s response:

There are appeals to sign online petitions, including


More about the Walker purchase

The newly acquired collection was yesterday safely delivered to Leeds University’s Special Collections, where it joins our famed set from George Walker’s Costume of Yorkshire.
While Walker’s is the well known name, the new documents also relate to several families connected to the artist. They appear to be the surviving papers of the Tottie family of Springhead, Cottingham, who moved in 1851 to Coniston Hall, Cold Coniston, in the West Riding. The Totties were linked by marriage to the Walker family (various branches at Killingbeck, Woodlands (Adwick le street, near Doncaster) and Wilsic Hall, also near Doncaster); and to the Shore family of Norton Hall, near Sheffield. A volume of sketches at Sheffield Archives ( MD 7048) apparently once belonged to the Shore family. That volume includes sketches by Walker of Scottish scenes, most probably done on the journey undertaken with the Totties  in 1822, the journal of which was Lot 2515 in this month’s purchase.
Thanks to Dr Brian Barber for transporting the lots to the Brotherton, and for his preliminary survey of the contents.
This also provides another excuse to reproduce a Walker image. I am indulging myself with croppers.

Robert White’s retirement

After more than 30 years, Robert White retired last week as Senior Historic Environment Officer at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.  He’s sent this message, introducing his replacement Miles Johnson:

Can I take this opportunity to thank you for the friendship and support you have given me over the years in helping to conserve the historic environment of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  I leave the Authority at quite an exciting time with the boundary extension due to take place on August 1, thankfully with a budget increase which recognises that the park will increase in area. The historic environment is an important part of the special qualities of the review area – the number of scheduled monuments will increase by nearly 50% although the area increase is some 24% so Miles is going to have his work cut out.  I trust you will give him as much support as possible.

Professor David Hey


We’re so sorry to hear of the death of David Hey, at his home in Dronfield on February 14th. He had been diagnosed with a brain tumour last year and evidently his health deteriorated rapidly after a fall at Christmas. The funeral will be at Dronfield Parish Church at midday this Thursday, 25 February.

David was Emeritus Professor of Local and Family History at The University of Sheffield, for many years in the Division of Adult Continuing Education, later becoming Dean of the Faculty of Education. He was a highly regarded and pioneering figure in the fields of local and family history and surnames.

To the YAS, David was endlessly accommodating, always ready to help us with articles, reviews and advice – a lovely, modest man who will be very much missed.



Treasures of the Brotherton

This new exhibition space in the Parkinson building highlights the University of Leeds Special Collections. It’s billed as the public face of the university’s holdings, which now include the YAS loan collection.

There are events for the general public every week. In particular, an after hours launch of the gallery is scheduled for Tuesday 8 March, 18.00-20.00. For details see here.