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.

A Tale of Two Towns – Roman Aldborough and Roman York

The Friends of Roman Aldborough have invited Dr Patrick Ottaway to talk on ‘The Tale of Two Towns’.  Roman York and Roman Aldborough were only about 18 miles apart from each other, how were they different and why two important towns so close?

Come along to our first Saturday afternoon talk at Aldborough Village Hall on Saturday 22nd November 2014 at 2.00 p.m.

All are welcome, admission for FORA members is free and £4.00 for non-members.


“Recent Work on Finds from Roman London” Saturday 15th November 2014

“Recent Work on Finds from Roman London” A Talk by Michael Marshall

Museum of London Archaeology

Just a quick reminder that the next Roman Antiquities Section of the Yorkshire Archaeology Society lecture is on Saturday 15th November, 2pm at Claremont, followed by a short break then the usual business meeting.

Non-members are cordially invited to attend Michael Marshall’s talk


Second Catterick Open Day 29th November 2014

Martin Neal of the Highways Agency has informed us that they are holding a second archaeology day at Catterick on Saturday 29th November. Guided walks start at 10.30 am and continue hourly until 2.30pm, and strong shoes or boots are advised. There will be opportunities to speak to archaeologists working on the site, and there is a small display of photos and finds from the recent excavations.

The first “Archaeology Day” they held in May was well worth a visit, speaking from personal experience.  It will be good to see what progress they’ve made. For any further information please contact Stuart Culley, Public Liaison Officer, on 01677 932348