Save the Tolson Museum!!

Those of you with Huddersfield connections will undoubtedly be familiar with the Tolson Museum, it’s important collections, and the service it provides to Kirklees and the wider Yorkshire community. Due to yet more budget cuts imposed on Kirklees council, there are fears that much needed repairs may be under threat, and as apparently ”nothing is sacred” it could be even worse than that. The recently formed Friends of Tolson and Ravensknowle have started an on-line petition giving anyone the chance to show that the Tolson, a venerable Yorkshire institution, is important to all of us. Please go to the following page and show your support and sign the petition.

Discover the Heritage of Shipley

SAM_0742This short course is being offered by the Workers’ Educational Association and is tutored by archaeologist, Dave Weldrake. It runs from 10.00 until 12.00 on three successive Fridays at the Kirkgate Centre in Shipley and will start on the 6th of June 2014. The course is being led by archaeologist Dave Weldrake and will be of interest to anyone who is interested in the history of Shipley and that part of the Aire Valley.

Although the content of the course will to some extent be determined by the experience and interests of the participants, each of the three sessions will focus on a different subject area. These are:

The pre-industrial landscape: Shipley as it is seen now is a product of the Industrial Revolution but prior to that it was a small agrarian community. This session will trace the history of the valley back the first farmers of the Neolithic.

Communications: What has given Shipley its current prominence is the fact that it lies at the junction of two valleys through which turnpike, canal and road must go. This has affected the development of the modern town and is still a live issue today.


There was a time when much of what is now West Yorkshire was known as the heavy Woollen District so. Shipley had a part to play in this but it also had quarries, engineering works and small manufacturers. Everything, in fact a small town could want.

The course is free of charge but pre-booking is essential.

This can be done through the WEA Website ( or by contacting Jane Bilton (Organiser Bradford and Craven) 07766 781481.


A1 Upgrade — Archaeology Day Saturday 31st May 2014

Many of you will be aware that the upgrades to the A1 are continuing further north and the archaeologists are investigating along the route. Further south there have been many exciting finds including the Romano-British settlement at Wattle Syke and the Roman Fort at Roecliffe.

On Saturday 31st May 2014, there will be an Archaeological Day at the Catterick Racecourse car park. This will provide a fantastic first-hand opportunity to see one of the excavation sites where digging has been taking place prior to the construction of the A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme.

 • Guided walks led by Stephen Sherlock and Neil Redfern will leave at hourly intervals between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm

• Walks will cross rough ground so suitable footwear is required

• There will be opportunity to view finds from the recent excavations, and NAA staff will be on site to explain their work

Whilst this will be a free event, there will be a charity bucket available, should

anyone wish to make a donation to the Great North Air Ambulance.

Keynote Speaker at North Duffield Conference is on TV Friday 23rd May 2014!

Those attending North Duffield Conference may be interested to note that the keynote Speaker, Dr Melanie Giles, will be appearing on TV in a Channel 5 programme at 7.0pm on Friday 23rd May. The programme will examine the ritual killing of Worsley Man, whose head was found in a bog near Manchester many years ago and the results of a recent CT scan. Perhaps your curiosity will outweigh your squeamishness.

If you are not attending the Conference but now would wish to see Dr Giles in  person, tickets are still available-just get in touch with me- Conference 14th June 9.0am – 4.30pm.

Best wishes


North Duffield Conservation and Local History Society

North Duffield Conference

As part of the final year of activities for a highly successful project supported by the HLF, the North Duffield Conservation and Local History Society are holding a conference on Saturday 14th June 2014.  There are a number of exciting papers looking at the Iron Age and Community Archaeology through the day.


This is a FREE conference so get your bookings while places last.

Click here for the full details

Latest Newsletter from WYAAS

Just received the following:

Click here for the new edition of our newsletter, which highlights some of our recent work here at West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service. Please feel free to forward it on to anyone else you think may be interested in our work.

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

Thanks and best wishes,
Rosalind Buck Historic Environment Record Information Officer

Red House Museum Open Day 2014

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Friends of Red House would like to invite you to join them for a cup of tea and to find out what they have been doing over the last year.  You will also be among the first to hear about some of our plans for the coming year.



Please drop in to the Barn at Red House on Sunday 11 May, 2014 any time between 2 and 4pm. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Jacqueline Ryder

Chair, Friends of Red House Museum, Gomersal

Click here for more information about Red House