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.

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


Disability and Community Archaeology — YAS

Access to Archaeology: Disability and Community Archaeology 

Tuesday 22nd July and Wednesday 23rd July: 10am-4pm


A day courses on designing and delivery of archaeology courses to adults and children with disabilities. The course aims at making archaeology more accessible and inclusive for adults and children with disabilities. It will cover how to develop a course and how to adapt it to make archaeology more inclusive for those with disabilities.


The course will be run by professional archaeologists from Archaeological Services WYAS, and delivered at their HQ in south Leeds. There is car parking available for visitors. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but participants are asked to bring their own lunch. The cost of the course is £10 and there is limited places, therefore booking is essential. Learning resources will be provided as part of the course but participants may wish to bring a notepad and pen also.


The course will be run by Archaeological Services WYAS in partnership with the Worker’s Education Association. It is funded by English Heritage and Council for British Archaeology.

Click here for poster information


For further information or to book a place contact Megan Clement at or 0113 3939748.