Viking hoards in Yorkshire

News from Northallerton & Ditrict LHS:

Following May’s sell-out talk on ‘The Vikings in Yorkshire’, the Scandinavian theme will be continued at the June 14 open meeting of Northallerton & District Local History Society. On that date, members and guests will be entertained by a presentation examining two Viking hoards discovered in Yorkshire in recent years. The guest speaker will be Natalie McCaul, who moved to York in 2008 to work for York Museums Trust, initially as Assistant Curator of Archaeology and, since 2011, as Curator of Archaeology. 

Natalie is responsible for the care and interpretation of objects ranging from the Palaeolithic to the 16th century, encompassing some of the most significant archaeological discoveries ever made in the UK, including the archive from Star Carr, the Middleham Jewel and the subject of this talk – Viking hoards. Natalie is currently working with the British Museum on a large-scale touring exhibition about Vikings which will visit 5 venues across the UK.

The Vale of York Hoard, discovered near Harrogate in 2007, represents the most significant Viking discovery in 150 years and has offered amazing new insights into the Viking World. The recently acquired Bedale Hoard has been equally significant in expanding our knowledge and understanding of the Viking landscape in Yorkshire. The talk will cover the stories of discovery, conservation and acquisition of both hoards, and then go on to focus on key items from each and what they can tell us about the Vikings.

This 7.00 pm presentation should attract a large audience to the Sacred Heart Church Hall on Thirsk Road, where limited parking is available. Non-members are welcome to attend at a nominal admission charge of £2.50, while people in full-time education will be admitted free.

imagesImage: York Museums Trust

Industrial history online

Yorkshire Industrial History Online is snowballing, with 2,500 entries uploaded. The YIHO volunteer group met again this week and reported on an impressive list of collaborations across Yorkshire. Individuals (like Dr David Johnson, lime quarries and kilns in the dales) are adding their life’s work of research – this was one of the original drivers of YIHO, to save information that may otherwise never see daylight. So, too, groups are actively adding data – Cleveland and south Yorkshire industrial archaeologists, Northallerton historians. And collaborations are in progress with other archaeological groups, including the AIA and Roman Roads Research Association, who have their own databases. The YIHO site-based software, developed by Dr John Suter, has applications far beyond industrial history. The website is not yet live, but will quite soon be so.


Image: Wortley Top Forge.


Well-oiled machines

Very pleased to represent YAHS at Calderdale Industrial Museum last night, to see the Mayor of Calderdale hand over a wonderful shiny golden key (it was symbolic) to Tim Kirker of the CIM Association. At last, after years of work and lobbying, the army of CIMA volunteers have their reward – which is many more years of work, fund-raising, etc etc. Wishing them great success, and let’s hope it goes like the proverbial well-oiled machine…

And I found a few of those in the basement, where the machine-tools are kept, some of Halifax’s pride and joy. There’s a scheme too to open the upper floor as a textile display showing all stages of worsted production, from wool to finished cloth.




Discovering Roman Sherburn

Just received:


TUESDAY 24th May 2016


Recent archaeological excavations at the Low Street housing development uncover evidence of unexpected 1st  Century settlement

Come & learn all about it from the lead archaeologist Paula Ware                                    SHERBURN PARISH CHURCH HALL  8-15pm

Visitors £3    Everyone Welcome


Skelton Park ironstone mine

A morning writing about forges and furnaces, and then this afternoon visiting the remains of an iron mine. Cleveland Industrial Archaeology Society, an associate of YAHS, organised access to this wonderful place near Skelton, where iron was mined from 1872 until the 10-foot seam was worked out in 1938. The privately-owned site is normally open only to volunteers working for the Cleveland Heritage Mining Society as they endeavour to clean up and protect the remains of the mine buildings. Fascinating.

Oh, and it rained. A lot. How we suffer for our art…