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The Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society

Since 1863

For everyone interested in Yorkshire's past

The Society's objects

Since its inception in 1863 much has changed but the Society's purpose remains the same:

“The examination, preservation and illustration of the History, Architecture, Antiquities, Manners, Customs, Arts and Traditions of the county of York…”

To this end we collect books and archive materials; we publish in print and digitally; we arrange lectures and other events, and we offer small grants to assist others who contribute to these objects.  Our members, both individuals and affiliated bodies, share a passion for Yorkshire’s past and, as volunteers, their commitment drives the Society forward. 


The Society is a registered company and a charity and the members of its Management Board are its Directors and Trustees.  Its Elected Officers are listed below, and to send an email, click on the name:

Society constitution and policies

Articles of Association

Memorandum of Association

Privacy Policy

Terms and Conditions for the use of this website

Health and Safety Policy

Registered office

The Society’s Registered Office in Leeds is not normally open to visitors.   For any enquiries, please contact us by e-mail, post or telephone:

Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society,  Stringer House,  34 Lupton Street,  Hunslet,  LEEDS LS10  2QW

Telephone:   0113 245 7910 (answerphone)

Main activities

Special interest sections of the Society organise lectures, excursions and projects, and issue their own newsletters. The Society’s archives and rare or early books (published before 1850) and other printed materials, are now housed in the Special Collections department of the Brotherton Library, University of Leeds.   More recent printed works are available on the main shelves of the Library.  For further information go to the Collections pages of this website.

'Hands-on' archaeology - a special note

We’re often asked where to find opportunities to engage in real, hands-on, archaeology.  At the moment, YAHS does not itself run excavations, but among our members are many experienced archaeologists with expertise in all aspects of archaeological investigation.

We’d recommend joining YAHS sections and attending lectures if you would like to learn more about specific periods – Prehistory, Roman, Medieval – or about industrial history and archaeology. There you will come into contact with specialists in the field, and hear about work-in-progress across Yorkshire.

Some of our affiliates are however actively engaged in surveying, recording and excavation. To join their projects you may (for insurance and safety reasons) be asked to become a member of the group. See for example:

Other possibilities are sometimes on offer through community projects around the county.