Summer Is Here – An update from the webmaster!

The school holidays are getting closer!  Wakefield Museum Services have just launched their summer programme.  When you read the details you will see that this is only aimed at 4 – 12 year olds and is mainly craft based activity.  This is not a criticism of that, I’m sure it is a good programme, however where are the Heritage Projects in Yorkshire that older young people up to the age of 90+ (!) can look forward to participating in.  Seriously, what about engaging teenagers in heritage based activities as well?

For instance, talking to various folk, there is a view being expressed that with cutbacks in funding for commercial and university based archaeology, the interest in community led projects is increasing.  The recent conference at North Duffield (I know, North Yorkshire!) showcased a superb model for others to follow.  Let’s have details of any activities which are already out there or being planned and looking for participants.

What do people think, your views would be interesting and welcome on this forum.  You can use the comment button below or email via the ‘Contact Us’ tab.

We continue to get information from our regulars but would welcome details of projects, speaker evenings or anything else happening in Yorkshire.  We are the West Yorkshire Forum but are happy to put up information from the North, South and East!

If your group, project, society or whoever have events planned PLEASE let us know and I will make sure the information is published on the WYHF site.  You can contact either Paul or myself via the ‘Contact Us’ Tab or leave a comment on this post.

We could also do with feedback from those of you attending some of these talks and recommendations for future talks/visits that could be passed on to relevant groups.

Mike T


West Yorkshire Heritage Forum and the First World War

The West Yorkshire Heritage Forum exists to keep all of you, who are interested in preserving aspects of our heritage, informed as to what is going on.

As the anniversary of World War I grows nearer, we know that there are many projects out there which are being set up to celebrate the local heritage.  If you belong to or know of such a group, we would be interested to hear about your project and share it with members of the forum.

We have already heard from the Nidderdale Project and the BBC are about to launch their own project, we look forward to hearing about others.  When we have enough, I can set up a section dedicated to this important heritage topic within our site.

Open Evening Marton Cum Grafton

Marton Cum Grafton has been the scene of some fascinating archaeology being carried out by the history group together with South Leeds Archaeology.  Much of the work has been based upon geophysics surveys carried out by Bradford University post graduate students.

To find out more come along to the open evening on Thursday 28th August 2014 in the Marton Cum Grafton village hall.

Click here for full details and to book


Roman Roads of North Yorkshire

There will be a series of talks in the Village Hall, Thornton Le Street near Thirsk during the autumn 2014.

The theme will be recent research on Roman Roads in North Yorkshire and a number of speakers will give their perspective on a subject which is attracting increasing interest.  Although focussed on North Yorkshire, it will be of interest to a wider geographical audience as a lot of roads go to other places!

Click here for details of the programme


WYAAS Heritage Newsletter

Click here to find the new edition of the WYAAS newsletter, which highlights some of the recent work at West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service, including a couple of archaeology trails following the recent Tour de France Grand Depart route through West Yorkshire. Please feel free to forward it on to anyone else you think may be interested in their work.

Don’t forget, if you would like to search the HER records online you can do this via the Heritage Gateway website (, and for more regular updates on the West Yorkshire work please visit their Facebook page at www.facebook/WestYorkshireHER. As always, if you have any specific enquiries about heritage in West Yorkshire, or would like to visit the office to look at material in person, you can also contact the HER  directly – The contact details are all on the attached newsletter.

Rosalind Buck Historic Environment Record Information Officer

Aldborough Roman Museum — Celebrating 150 years!

The Friends of Roman Aldborough are holding a fortnight of varied events from Thursday 17th July to Friday 25th July.

These include a weekend of family activities and three evening talks about the Romans in Britain and the history of Aldborough.

There is still time to book on the ‘Make A Mosaic’ day as well. Create your own mosaic and take it home with you!

Click here for more details