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The Roman Antiquities Section

Devoted to all things Roman in Yorkshire

Most people might not be aware that the Roman period was an important stage in Yorkshire’s development - which is a shame because, without the Romans, the county as we know it simply wouldn’t exist.

Founded in 1906, an independent body called the Yorkshire Roman Antiquities Committee was reconstituted three years later as a subcommittee which subsequently became a Section of the YAHS. Throughout their long, combined existence the Committee and now the Section have been closely involved in fieldwork and publication relating to Roman Yorkshire, as well as organising lectures, day-schools and excursions.


Current activities

The Roman Antiquities Section aims to increase public appreciation of our Roman heritage, and provide a focal point for anyone with an interest in Roman Yorkshire, whether they be a professional archaeologist, or just have a passing curiosity in what happened in our region nearly 2000 years ago.

The RAS usually has five lectures and business meetings each year, normally on a Saturday afternoon. The lectures are largely focused on Roman Yorkshire, but we also have speakers who discuss wider aspects of Roman Britain or the Roman world. We occasionally organise day-schools on Roman Yorkshire and related topics.

Our programme for the year ahead can be found here.

The Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society’s library contains many books donated by the Roman Antiquities Section, a list of which can be found here.

Following the transfer of the Society’s Archives and Library to the Brotherton Library of Leeds University, full members of YAHS wishing to obtain a reader's ticket should first contact the Society's Hon. Secretary.


Section publications

The Section offers several outlets for members' research:

  • an annual bulletin called ‘Roman Yorkshire’ which is distributed free to members of the Section - for further information, including a consolidated list of the contents of back numbers, go to the Bulletin page.
  • an online Newsletter, also available free to members of the RAS
  • ‘Roman Newsflash’ for anyone who wants to receive news of lectures, events, publications and exhibitions of Roman interest. To subscribe [click here]
  • occasional monographs


Please help keep us informed...

Email our webmaster to tell us about any new publications, finds, research etc., or if you have any comments on any aspect of our lectures, publications or other activities, please let us know.  All feedback will be taken seriously and your views may even be published! 


Join the Roman Antiquities Section

There are two categories of membership:

  1. Members of our parent body, the Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society, who can join the Section at a special rate
  2. Members of the Roman Antiquities Section only

Subscriptions are due on the 1st January each year.

All members have access to our e-bulletin ‘Roman Yorkshire’ and other on-line features, plus free admission to RAS lectures.

As a registered charity, the Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society is eligible for the Gift Aid scheme. If you are a UK taxpayer you can at no extra cost to yourself make every pound you subscribe worth an extra 25 pence!

Details of subscription rates and Gift Aid can be found on the Membership page.

Contact us

Please contact us by email as shown below (click on the name), or by post to:  Roman Antiquities Section, c/o Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society, Suite 10E Joseph’s Well, Hanover Walk, Leeds LS3 1AB

Hon. Chairman:   Dr. Pete Wilson

Hon. Secretary:  Jo Heron 

Hon. Treasurer:  currently vacant; please contact the Chairman.

Hon. Lecture Secretary: Dr. Peter Halkon - for enquiries re. our lecture programme ONLY

Editor “Roman Yorkshire” & Section web pages:  David Brear