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The Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society

Since 1863

For everyone interested in Yorkshire's past


Other archaeological and historical societies and groups with similar aims to the YAHS can apply to become Affiliated Societies.  Details of the events organised by them are published annually in the YAHS Programme of Events and their members are eligible to apply to use the Society's library (and the wider holdings of the Leeds University Library) for reference purposes. In addition, the YAHS encourages joint events to our mutual benefit.

CBA Yorkshire – Council for British Archaeology Yorkshire is a charitable organisation run by volunteers for the benefit of those interested in the welfare and better understanding of Yorkshire's historic environment. It aims to encourage and promote greater public knowledge and involvement, and where possible to advance and assist relevant research.

Claro Community Archaeology Group - A group of archaeological volunteers based at Knaresborough Courthouse. This group undertakes a range of surveying and excavation work in the Harrogate area.

East Riding Archaeological Research Trust – The aim of ERART is to advance the education of the public in archaeology by excavation and research in the historic east riding of yorkshire, adjacent areas and elsewhere with particular reference to study of human settlement from c.10,000 b.c. to present century.

East Riding Archaeological Society - ERAS is an active society of about 250 members. It aims to promote interest in archaeology, both in the local area and further afield, through lectures, excursions, publications and fieldwork.

Forest of Galtres Society - This society is concerned with the history of the market town of Easingwold and its community life with especial reference to the practice and preservation of local traditional craftsmanship. It holds lectures and excursions and undertake small projects, such as field walking, publishing and community projects.

Friends of Roman Aldborough  - in brief, to promote Aldborough as a Roman site of major national interest; to educate and inform local people and the wider community about the nature of the site;  to encourage the further investigation of the site; and to develop educational programmes for children and other groups.

Harrogate Archaeological Society - Founded originally as the YAHS's Harrogate Group, this society has a programme of lectures and visits to places of interest.

Huddersfield & District Archaeological Society - The Society actively studies, explores and records the archaeology of the Huddersfield area. It holds lectures and undertakes excavation work. It also has a library and publishes occasional books and reports.

Hunter Archaeological Society - Based at Sheffield University, the Hunter Archaeological Society was founded in 1912 to study and report on the archaeology, history and architecture of South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire in recognition of the work of Joseph Hunter in researching and recording the history of the region. The Society holds talks and visits to excavations and sites of interest, as well as publishing papers in its Transactions.

Ingleborough Archaeology Group - IAG was formed to investigate and record all aspects of past human activity in the Ingleborough District and to make available the results of such work. It has a programme of lectures, excursions and practical work.

Olicana Historical Society - Based in Ilkley, Olicana holds lectures and excursions. It also has a library of books and periodicals for use by its members.

Pontefract & District Archaeological Society - The Society undertakes excavations, fieldwalking, and geophysical surveys. It also organises lectures and excursions.

Scarborough Archaeological & Historical Society - Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society is among the most active and expert archaeological societies in the UK. Each autumn and winter it holds a series of lectures on archaeological, historical or architectural subjects.

Skipton & Craven History Society - This small society has a programme of lectures and excursions to local places of historic interest.

Towton Battlefield Society - aims to promote the permanent preservation of the site specifically known as Towton Battlefield; to promote research and education for the benefit of the general public in medieval history, particularly in relation to the battlefield.

Upper Wharfedale Field Society - This society has an interest in many aspects of the landscape of Upper Wharfedale including: archaeology, botany, geology, local history, ornithology and vernacular buildings. It organises walks and lectures.

Upper Wharfedale Heritage Group – The group was formed with the purpose of adding to the knowledge of the archaeologically rich area of Upper Wharfedale and its immediate surroundings. Its members can get involved in a number of practical projects including surveying, excavation and building recording as well as walks and lectures.

Wakefield Historical Society - WHS members enjoy an annual programme of lectures, seminars and visits.

Yorkshire Vernacular Buildings Study Group - The YVBSG holds training seminars on building recording, tours and field recording, and an annual day-school and conference. Over the years the group has produced reports on vernacular buildings throughout Yorkshire.

Yorkshire Architectural & York Archaeological Society - The aim of YAYAS is to advance the education of the public in the architectural, historical and archaeological heritage within the Historic County of Yorkshire and the city of York through lectures, visits, collecting historical resources, making grants and producing publications.