Looking Forward — Your views count!

Summer is on the way out and we can now look forward to autumn evenings hearing our favourite speakers talk at a variety of venues across Yorkshire.

Speaking from a personal view, there appears to be lots of different activities but as always the problem is trying to pull the information together.  I spend as much time as I can spare putting up the information obtained from a number of sources, several of which are doing something very similar.  However, I would still welcome more direct information coming from event organisers and in particular those within West Yorkshire.

Apart from posting events, the forum can also provide a vehicle for exchanging views, reporting on projects and generally keeping people in touch.  This has been said before, but feedback to the forum is minimal.  Are you out there using this site or am I just talking to myself??  Hit the comment button and let’s know your views!

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.

Roman Excavation Opportunity in South Yorkshire

Elmet Archaeological Services are offering several places on a small excavation to understand some recently uncovered Roman remains in Swinton, near Rotherham, S. Yorks.

The price ranges from  £70 for a single day up to  £240 for a full five day attendance. The excavation will be fully supervised by experienced professional archaeologists and all levels of archaeological investigation and recording will be taught to the attendees.

Click here for more information

Many thanks for your time,

Alex Sotheran

Archaeology Manager

Elmet Archaeological Services Ltd.







Thornton Le Street Workshop and Talk

Following on from the workshop on Aerial Photography Workshop at Thornton Le Street on Saturday 20th September, there will be a workshop on LIDAR Technology also presented by English Heritage on Saturday 11th October 2014 from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm.

The September 20th workshop is now fully booked.

On the same day and at the same venue, there will be the next talk in the Roman Roads series.  the speaker is Hugh Toller and his subject will be Roman Roads and LIDAR.  His session will be from 2.00 pm.

Full details:   English Heritage LIDAR        Roman Roads Talk

Further to the above, the first talk was over-subscribed and there was literally standing room only for Mike’ talk last Saturday.

John Sheehan has had to take a decision to limit the numbers by making both events on Saturday 11th October into bookable events.

Please book with John Sheehan: Telephone 01609 771878 or email  jgsheehan@btinternet.com



Bradford University Day Schools Autumn 2014

WYHF have received the following:

We have another exciting event scheduled for 18th October, which may be of interest to you.  Bradford in the 21st century explores the transformations that Bradford has undergone over the past two centuries, from a small West Riding town to a leading centre of the textile industry, and again to a post-industrial and multi-cultural metropolitan district.  The programme tutors hail from the University of Bradford and Bradford UNESCO City of Film.  The programme and booking form are available on our website: http://www.brad.ac.uk/study/our-courses/cpd/public-programmes/​.

Bookings can be made by email or post.  We may be slow in responding to your enquiries over the next few weeks, as some of our staff will be out of the ​office during the month of September.  We will endeavour to reply to your enquiries as soon as possible.

As an additional announcement, the Day Schools team would like to welcome our new Coordinator, Claire Copper.  Claire will be taking over my role and will be happy to help with any queries that you might have about our upcoming events.  Please note that our email address <dayschools@bradford.ac.uk> is still the same.

Nidderdale AONB Heritage Events Autumn 2014

We have received the following:

There are a number of heritage events coming up over the next few weeks which we thought you may be interested in. Details are below and full details of some of the events can be found in the attached documents.

First World War & Nidderdale AONB Commemorative Walkfull details

Saturday 20 September, 10am to 4pm

Join us to commemorate the First World War at this special centenary event. Events and activities throughout the day will form the backdrop to a walking party who will ‘walk in the footsteps of the Leeds Pals’, taking the same route the Leeds Pals took 100 years ago from The Old Station in Masham to their training camp in Colsterdale.

At: Masham and Fearby


Caring for your historic building – an event for owners and occupiers of historic buildingsfull details and booking form

Saturday 27, 10am to 5pm

An interactive day with talks, demonstrations and a guided walk. A joint event with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

At: West Burton Village Hall, DL8 4JY

Cost: £15 per person (includes buffet lunch and refreshments)

Booking essential


 WW1 & Nidderdale AONB: WEA (Workers’ Educational Association) Nidderdale Branch Day School on WW1

Saturday 4 October, 10am to 4pm

A day of talks and workshops on ‘Voices from the Home Front in history and writing’. All welcome.

At: Summerbridge Church.

Cost: £18 for the day including lunch or £10 without lunch.

Booking essential – please book via Ros Wade, Nidderdale WEA, on 01423 712132.


Heritage Forum full details and booking form

Friday 10th October, 10am to 4pm

A day of talks and workshops exploring the First World War, and its effect on the landscape and communities of the AONB. There will also be stands and displays by local heritage groups. This event is open to anyone with an interest in the heritage of Nidderdale AONB.

At: Fearby & Healey Village Hall.

Cost: £5 per person

(includes refreshments and a buffet lunch)

Booking essential – you can also book online at www.nidderdaleaonb.eventbrite.co.uk


Aislabie Walk

Saturday 18 October, 9am to 5pm

Join Paul Mosley, Hackfall Officer, for a 12 mile circular walk along part of ‘The Aislabie Walk’, which links the designed landscapes at Studley Royal and Hackfall. Starting from and ending at Studley in the south, the walk will go just beyond Galphay in the north taking in some fascinating heritage sites in between. Dogs welcome. Please bring a packed lunch or money for a pub lunch at the Galphay Inn.

Meet: Lakeside car park (Deer Park) at Studley Royal (approx. £3 for the day or free to NT members).

Cost: £5 per adult, under 16s free.

Booking essential – book online at www.nidderdaleaonb.eventbrite.co.uk


Leanne Fox
AONB Information Officer (Mon-Thurs)
Nidderdale AONB
The Old Workhouse
King Street, Pateley Bridge,