Looking Forward to the Summer — Your views count!

Doesn’t time fly?  It seems only yesterday that I was asking for details of winter programmes and now another summer is on our doorstep.  Where are the West Yorkshire folk?  It seems that lots of talks and events are going on all over Yorkshire we just need to hear more from those in West Yorkshire!

One big piece of news was the launch of the Roman Roads Research Association.  The chairman might come from North Yorkshire but at least the membership secretary lives in Leeds!!  Eventually the association hopes to coordinate road research across the whole of Roman Britain.  Find out more at www.romanroads.org  and then join to find out more about the activities planned for 2015.

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



Reminder — Mike Bishop Talk in Aldborough Wednesday July 15th 2015

The Roman Roads Research Association together with the Friends of Roman Aldborough are pleased to announce that Dr Mike Bishop will be giving a talk entitled ‘Of Networks and Nodes: The Place of Roman Aldborough ‘ in St Andrews Church Aldborough, Nr Boroughbridge at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 15th July.

This will be a rare opportunity to hear Mike Bishop speak in Yorkshire and early booking is strongly recommended.

To make sure of one of the few remaining places book now via http://www.romanroads.org/rrratalks.html#MikeBishop and reserve your seat(s)

‘Of Networks and Nodes: The Place of Roman Aldborough ‘

The Roman Roads Research Association together with the Friends of Roman Aldborough are pleased to announce that Dr Mike Bishop will be giving a talk entitled ‘Of Networks and Nodes: The Place of Roman Aldborough ‘ in St Andrews Church Aldborough, Nr Boroughbridge at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 15th July.

This will be a rare opportunity to hear Mike Bishop speak in Yorkshire and early booking is strongly recommended.

You can book via the RRRA website following this link  http://www.romanroads.org/rrratalks.html#MikeBishop 

Mike Bishop has had a distinguished career as an Archaeologist & Romanist, excavating among other places, the Roman Fort at Roecliffe near Aldborough along the route of the modern A1, and of course at Chester-le Street. He is also a prolific writer about Roman military equipment; last year he  published the ‘The Secret History of the Roman Roads of Britain’ which is well worth a read. Whilst the focus  of Mike’s talk will be Roman Aldborough and his thoughts on its place in the road network, the talk promises to be far-ranging covering much of what Mike has to say about Roman Roads in general.

Admission will be free to members of ‘RRRA’ and ‘FORA’. Non-members pay £4.00 at the door. A raffle will also be held with two signed book prizes, kindly donated by Mike Bishop.



Battle of Waterloo Day School — Leeds University and YAS

The Yorkshire Archaeological Society and the School of History, University of Leeds are holding a Day School on Saturday 6 June 2015 to celebrate 200th anniversary of the Battle of waterloo. There will be four speakers exploring aspects of the Battle and those who fought in it from a Yorkshire perspective, together with an opportunity to examine some original documents and artefacts. Held in Lecture Room LG10, Michael Sadler Building University of Leeds 10am – 4.15 pm. Cost £15, £7.50 for students. Booking to Judith Rushron, YAS, 23 Clarendon Road, Leeds LS2 9NZ. Full details and booking form available on YAS website   www.yas.org.uk scroll down on news archive page to find the link.

Dave Weldrake Guided Walk Ilkley Moor Sunday May 31st 2015

Prehistoric Ilkley Moor: a guided walk on Sunday May 31st 2015

DSC_0043 Ilkley Moor cup marked Idol StoneDave Weldrake will be leading a guided walk on Ilkley Moor on Sunday 31st May.    The walk will start from the public car park at the base of the Cow and Calf Rocks at 2.00 PM.
We will look at several notable examples of Rock Art as well as a couple of settlement sites on the edge of the moor.

The cost of the walk is £3. More detailed information can be found on the Dave Weldrake: Heritage Education website

Exciting News! A Roman Villa has been discovered in North Yorkshire.

The Bedale by-pass road construction project has revealed the site of an extensive Roman Villa which may well be the most significant to be found in Northern Britain.  Preliminary evaluation work failed to establish the full extent of the villa and consequently a major part of the villa is under threat because the project has not included plans and funding to excavate and record all of what is clearly a very important site.

A Press Release has just been authorised and some of you may have seen a couple of minutes feature on BBC Look North on Tuesday 24th March 2015.

By clicking on the links below you can read about what has been revealed so far.  If you have a view as to what should be done next, use the Comment link on this page.  I know this is happening in North and not West Yorkshire but this find is of national importance to our understanding of Roman Britain.

Press Release

Further Information

British Archaeological Trust Lecture

Received from Dr Chris Cumberpatch

Rescue Archaeology: Then, Now and in the Future

I wonder if you could publicise this free public lecture by Professor Dominic Powlesland, to be held at 1.30pm on April 11th 2015 at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery.  It is organised by RESCUE – The British Archaeological Trust and all are welcome.  Details here: http://rescue-archaeology.org.uk/2015/02/16/rescue-open-meeting-and-agm/