Society’s new address

Please note YAHS’s new address:
Suite 10E
Joseph’s Well
Hanover Way
Phone number remains the same: 0113 245 7910
We’ll be confirming opening hours within a week or two. It’s always best to phone ahead if you’re planning to visit.

Claremont news

We are vacating Claremont this week, and the society is moving into offices at Joseph’s Well (LS3 1AB), the former Barran’s tailoring factory (built 1887), located behind Swarthmore. More details to follow shortly.

Apologies that the news is coming late in the day – the arrangements took some time to finalise. We expect the sale of Claremont to complete this coming Friday.

There has been tremendous practical support from members over recent weeks as we packed for the move and disposed of other items. We’re eternally grateful to all. In a while I’ll post a list of where some of our possessions, things we couldn’t possibly accommodate in the new office, have been donated. Good homes have been found for many difficult-to-place odds and ends, as well as items of major importance. Much of the furniture will be auctioned at Hartley’s in Ilkley – we have asked for details of the sale so that it can be shared with any interested members.

Goodbye to Judith

Judith Rushton left on Friday after a 40-year association with the society. She has been a loyal, conscientious and good-humoured colleague over those many years.unnamed We wish her well, and look forward to seeing her in a few weeks’ time for a presentation – ‘no fuss’, she said, but I think there may be some. Her connection with YAHS continues, as she is also a life member.


New format for CBA’s Yorkshire journal

Congratulations to Yorkshire CBA for their winning new format. Forum now appears as a CBA 2017slim glossy magazine with abstracts and colour images. The articles themselves are online, free to members and then available on Open Access to all a year after publication.

It’s an attractive and imaginative way to cut costs and save space on bookshelves, while eye-catching enough to make people look twice.

All back issues are now on their website: see here for the link.

Archaeology workshops in Ripon – this weekend and next

News just received:

Saturday 18th February  2pm-3.30pm at The Workhouse Museum, Allhallowgate, Ripon
From Workhouse to Mill: The skeletal evidence for pauper apprentices from North Yorkshire
Dr. Becky Gowland, Senior Lecturer Bioarchaeology, Durham University   Talk + Workshop

Human skeletal remains provide a wealth of evidence about the lives of past people. Information about age-at-death, diet, place of origin, disease and occupation can all be gleaned. This talk will provide an overview of a recent study of skeletal remains excavated from Fewston, North Yorkshire, with a particular focus on the children. It will reveal the hardships faced by these youngest members of society during the industrialisation of the 18th and 19th century.

805390_cd79f2a6Saturday 25th February  2pm-3.30pm at The Workhouse Museum, Allhallowgate, Ripon
Bodies of Evidence
Professor Tim Thompson, Professor in Forensic Anthropology, Teesside University   Talk + Workshop

Forensic and crime scene scientists work in lots of different places and investigate lots of different types of crimes. But one think they all do is look at the human body. Understanding and solving crimes very often depends of finding and studying parts of the body – from tiny fragments of skin cells to whole bodies. This talk will look at the different ways the body can be studied and what it can tell us about people and how they lived their lives.

Coming soon…….

Dr Sarah Semple, Durham University – Anglo-Saxon Archaeology specialist  talk + workshop on Development of Moot Courts at the Courthouse Museum, Ripon

Volunteer of the year?

There used to be a ‘volunteer of the year’ award, someone picked out of the Claremont regulars for efforts beyond the call of duty. I don’t honestly think we could do it now – it would be invidious to make a choice. There are so many members giving freely of their time, energy and expertise, week in and week out. This is especially true now that we’re clearing our HQ of almost 50 years, and preparing for life after Claremont.

Yesterday there were at least 10 volunteers in, sorting out our computer hardware, planning what to do with various collections, images and books, and packing all sorts of things for the move. Ten boxes of stuff were taken to charity shops. And meanwhile work proceeded on a big Dales project for 2018. Watch this space. There’s no doubt we will have a brilliant programme of activities after we’ve (as grandma would have said) flitted.

And what was I doing? Think headless chicken.

News of Newcomen Society South Yorkshire events

Newcomen Society South Yorkshire writes:

Kenneth Barraclough Memorial Lecture  – Tuesday 21st February 2017, 5:30 pm Holiday Inn Royal Victoria, Sheffield

We would be pleased if you could join us for this years annual Kenneth Barraclough Memorial Lecture which is being held jointly with the Sheffield Metallurgical and Engineering Association and the South Yorkshire Industrial History Society, when Professor Robert Mair of Cambridge University will speak on The Brunels’ Thames Tunnel – a Great Legacy to Modern Tunnelling.images-3

In 1825 Marc Brunel began driving the Thames Tunnel at Rotherhithe using the first moveable shield for tunnelling in soft ground. By following up the excavation with a continuous brick lining Brunel combined the two key components of modern soft ground tunnelling that would subsequently underpin the construction of much of the London Underground and tunnels around the world.  Robert Mair will discuss the development of soft ground tunnelling techniques and examine the crucial importance of ground investigations in the selection of the most appropriate shield types. He will also outline modern soft ground tunnelling in the context of the Crossrail project that involves the construction of 31 km of twin bore railway tunnels under the historic and commercial centre of London.

Please note this meeting is being held at the Royal Victoria Hotel at the earlier time of 5:30.

This talk, which is a non-ticket event, is open to all and there is some on site car parking providing you register your car at reception.

The talk will be followed by the SMEA Annual dinner and if you wish to attend that separate booking though Dr Ken Ridal of SMEA (0114 230 5650 or is essential.


The next Newcomen meeting is on the Monday 13th March 2017 at Kelham Island when Professor David Perrett will speak on Henry Ford’s Holiday – Collecting British Steam Engines in 1928.