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Monday, 19 September 2016

Beningbrough through 300 years

Visitors to Beningbrough Hall, which celebrates its 300th anniversary, can gain an insight into the changing fortunes, previous owners and uses of the land in a display of photography, maps and local memories.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Scarborough joins in heritage open days festival with bumper programme

Scarborough Museums Trust has unveiled a programme of unusual and fascinating places to visit during an open days festival including a mortuary, the home of a famous Victorian artist, and the 18th century workshop of the man known as the ‘father of aviation.’

Hollywood Plaza ... the former North Bay Picture House opened in 1918
but later became a garage before being reconverted to a cinema in 1980
.

The national Heritage Open Days scheme, from tomorrow (Thursday to Sunday 8 to 11 September), helps to raise awareness of the country’s architectural, built, historical and cultural heritage. Buildings throughout the UK that are either not usually open to the public, or that usually charge admission, will open for free. There is also a programme of guided walks and events.

In Scarborough, the event is organised by Scarborough Museums Trust, supported by the Borough Council, Scarborough and District Civic Society and Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society.

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Julie has designs on recreating pageant glory with costumes

An exhibition celebrating a spectacular historical pageant in Scarborough more than a hundred years ago runs at the town’s art gallery from Tuesday 13 September to Sunday 9 October.

Julie and the costume recreations. Photo by Tony Bartholomew.
Scarborough Historical Pageant and Play 1912 will feature photographs and items from the event, which saw around 1,300 local performers, supported by a 500-strong ‘backstage’ crew, re-enact the town’s history from pre-history to the late 19th century.

It was staged at the town's castle twice during the summer of that year and four of the costumes have been recreated by the exhibition curator, Scarborough Museums Trust collections assistant Julie Baxter.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Fossils fuel the dinosaur imagination at three-day festival

Careful with that baby T-Rex.
Getting ready for the festival.
Photo by Tony Bartholomew.
The Yorkshire Fossil Festival is returning to Scarborough for a third year, bringing fun, fascinating forums and forensic foraging to all things palaeontological.

The three-day event opens on Friday 16 September with a schools and education day. All three days are open to the public, with events programmed to appeal to everyone from the smallest members of the family to the serious geologist, many of them free.

The festival takes place in and around Scarborough’s famous Rotunda Museum – the first purpose-built geological museum in the country which provides the perfect backdrop for the programme of workshops, theatre, specialist talks, storytelling and fossil hunting.

Highlights include a visit from best-selling children’s author Ian Whybrow, writer of Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs; curators from The Natural History Museum exploring dinosaur discoveries; Dinosaur Park – fresh from The Edinburgh Festival; Emerald Ant’s exciting giant Iguanodon Restaurant Show and the return of everyone’s favourite free-range baby T-Rex.

The Yorkshire Fossil Festival is organised by Scarborough Museums Trust, and sponsored by The Palaeontological Association.

Organiser Samantha Brown said: “The Fossil Festival has attracted thousands of visitors over the past two years, and this year’s is going to be even bigger and better. We’re looking forward to a great weekend of events where science meets the imagination.”

Further information: www.yorkshirefossilfestival.co.uk

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Georgian festival talk opener will delight antique lovers

Antiques from the Georgian  period
will be looked at as part
of  Richmond's GeorgeFest,
Antique and history lovers will make a beeline for Richmond.

On Monday (15 August) at 7.30pm, valuer and auctioneer David Elstob of Thomas Watson’s auction house treads the boards at The Georgian Theatre Royal with a talk about Georgian inventions and antiques.

This is the first event in the town’s Georgian festival which runs until 2 September and the talk will be followed by an open ‘roadshow-style’ session where members of the audience are invited to present their own antiques for valuation and discussion.

The talk explores the legacy of Georgian inventions. It was a time of great innovation and technological advancement and many of the objects that we take for granted today such as Wellington boots, accurate clocks, flushing toilets and security locks.

On Friday 19 August, David hosts a valuation day at The Station from 10am until 3pm where the public can drop in to discover what their treasures might be worth.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Deserted village gives up its secrets

Visitors to the remains of the 20th century-abandoned Lodge Village got a glimpse into the past as part of the archaeological excavations searching for evidence of the settlement’s medieval origins.

Digging it ... excavating the Lodge Village site.
They saw the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership’s dig team in action, heard about the site's history and looked at what the team's found so far during an open day.

The remains of Lodge sit in stunning scenery above Yorkshire Water’s Scar House reservoir at the top of Upper Nidderdale.

The lottery-supported excavation is an important part of the partnership’s work to look after the area's heritage and help people understand the area’s past and present.

Monday, 20 June 2016

The play standing at Platform Two relives teenage battlefield moments

The North Yorkshire Moors heritage railway is working with York Normandy Veterans and Everwitch Theatre to create a verbatim play as part of the annual Railway in Wartime event.

Based on first hand experiences of D-Day and the battles to liberate France by the last five Bomb Happy will be performed each evening on 12, 13 and 14 October at Pickering Station, Platform Two, in a 1930’s railway carriage.

This production draws on the memories of teenage conscripts involved in the Normandy Landings.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Quick on the draw – record office history project wins national award

North Yorkshire's record office has won a Big Draw national award after encouraging people to use maps from its archives to create their own stories.

Record assistant and organiser of Every Map Tells a Story
 Emily Ward with the national award.
The Northallerton team secured the community, participatory and libraries award in the national Big Draw Festival on its first time of entering.

The documents at the record office date from the 12th to the 21st century and are mainly used for family history research, but there are many possibilities for creative uses, so for its Big Draw event the team used its archives to appeal to an audience of children and young adults. Its traditional audience is people interested in local and family history, who tend to be older.

The Every Map Tells a Story event was held on 3 October last year, when people were invited to visit the record office to tell their story through a map.

Using various drawing materials and tracing paper on top of a modern Ordnance Survey map of Northallerton, participants mapped their journeys, stories and memories, drawing buildings, transport and points of interest and illustrating how they use the town. There was also a choice of Ordnance Survey maps from 1913 and 1943 to draw on, which allowed people to see changes in the town.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Fish festival will be the catch of the day for coast's visitors

The North York Moors coast celebrates its fishing heritage with a ten-location festival featuring free tasters of freshly-caught and barbecued seafood, sea shanties, sketching workshops, a fortune-telling salmon and the unveiling of the newly-restored RNLI fish donation box.

You shall have a fishy ... this Staithes fisherwoman scene points back to a rich fishing heritage that will be celebrated along North York Moors coast this month. Photo by Tony Bartholomew/Turnstone Media). 

Fish. Fillet. Feast! on Saturday 18 June includes activities for all ages from Saltburn to Ravenscar. Villages including Runswick Bay, Sandsend and Robin Hood’s Bay are taking part as well as Staithes, the largest fishing port along the North East coast back in the late 1800s.

Monday, 6 June 2016

Bi-lingual bombardment book launch

Robin McDermott with
the new book. Photo
by Tony Bartholomew.
Historians from Germany and Britain have worked together on a bilingual book about the German bombardment of the East coast in 1914 which is launched today (Monday 6 June). Both authors will be on hand to sign copies.

Scarborough Bombardment, by Dr Jann M Witt, naval historian at the German Naval Memorial, and retired British military officer Robin McDermott tells the story of the attack by the German High Seas Fleet on Scarborough, Whitby and Hartlepool on 16 December 1914.

It was the first effective attack on British soil of World War One and killed 157 men, women and children, the youngest, in Scarborough, just 14 months old. The attack caused public outcry, and Remember Scarborough! became the slogan for an impassioned recruitment drive for much of 1915.

Monday, 25 April 2016

This festival wasn't built in a day

The armies of ancient Rome march on York again this summer as part of a festival of military parades, siege weapon demonstrations, guided walks and expert speakers.

The Eboracum Roman Festival, from 1-5 June, will be based in the York Museum Gardens where there will be fighting displays and children’s army drills from members of six legions, a camp showing domestic Roman life and stalls selling themed goods.

More than 50 of the Romans will march through the streets of York on the Saturday and Sunday mornings.

A series of guided walks and talks by leading experts will take place at various venues around the city, including leading Egyptologist Jo Fletcher on discovering Ancient Egypt in Roman Yorkshire.

The museum, home some of Britain’s most treasured Roman artefacts, will be running various activities and workshops, including two events with bestselling children’s author Caroline Lawrence. Explore York Libraries and Archives are also hosting a number of talks by experts.

One of the festival sponsors, AOC Archaeology, will create a 3D scan of the Roman Multangular Tower in the Museum Gardens during the festival. Visitors to the tent can take part of in a range of activities with professional archaeologists using the latest technologies.
 
Further information: www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

This will keep Dales industrial history lovers appy

History buffs wanting to learn more about lead mining in the Dales can turn to technology to help.

The Yorkshire Dales national park has launched a new, free phone app that includes walking routes around sites of old mines and masses of information and photos about the industry and the impact it had on the landscape and communities within the area.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Folks get the tips to become local history detectives

An event designed to encourage people to research the place in which they live will be held at Pickering library on Saturday, 30 April.

History on your Doorstep, from 10am until 4pm, will showcase the work of local history groups and organisations to encourage and inspire people to delve into the past.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

A place of inspiration, leisure or work? Moorlands project wants your views

For some people, moorlands are tranquil places to enjoy long walks, for others a place of inspiration, and still others a place of work. This is the thinking behind the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership’s new oral history project which will record how people experience the area’s remote uplands.

A place of inspiration or work ... the moorlands
of Upper Nidderdale. Photo by L Fox.
The stunning moorland landscape was once common land that was enclosed in the 19th century facilitating a growth in private shooting estates. Today, much of it in Upper Nidderdale is still actively managed for shooting and the numerous public rights of way and open access mean that these uplands are enjoyed by many in their leisure time.

Moorlands: People, Places, Stories is a new project that aims to tell the story of the area through the stories and reminisces of the people who live, work and visit there, both now and in the past.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

War conscription stories revealed

Items from the North Riding Appeal Tribunal Papers archive

The stories of men from the North Riding who appealed against World War One conscription can now be told thanks to the lottery-funded opening of a rare archive by North Yorkshire County Record Office.

And members of the public are being invited to volunteer to work on the project to help to uncover these hidden tales and learn what happened to the men behind them.

An £8,500 Heritage Lottery Fund grant has enabled the Grounds for Appeal: the North Riding Appeal Tribunal Papers 1916-1918 project to get under way.

The project will explore and open up access to the North Riding military tribunals' appeals records from the period.

Monday, 22 February 2016

Museums trust thinks outside the box with residents' heritage scheme

A museum scheme is allowing residents of Yorkshire Coast Homes' sheltered housing facilities to handle heritage objects in their own homes.

Yorkshire Coast Homes community involvement officer Stephanie Lake
(left) and Museums Trust community curator Rachel Drew prepare a box
of artefacts for the Outside the Box sessions.  Photo by Kevin Allen.

Scarborough Museums Trust is running a series of pilot workshops in four of  the housing provider's facilities, at Hungate Court, Hunmanby, Bell Close, Seamer, Kirkham Close, Whitby and Gatesgarth Close, Scarborough.

The scheme has secured funding of £1,500 from Museums Development Yorkshire’s Health and Wellbeing Fund and £500 from Yorkshire Coast Homes.

The Outside the Box sessions will give residents the opportunity to handle heritage objects and meet new people, allowing time to chat, reminisce and share stories.

TWO-HOUR SESSIONS
The trust is working with freelance practitioner Frances Kelly to create a series of four two-hour sessions for each group. The housing provider will film each one.

Trust community curator Rachael Drew said: “We have run handling sessions for older members of the community before, and it’s amazing how valuable they are – physical contact with an item from someone’s younger days can stimulate all kinds of memories and conversations.”

Sarah Bird, Yorkshire Coast Homes assistant director of communities said: “Reducing isolation amongst our residents is one of our priorities and this programme will provide a fantastic opportunity for some of our customers to reminisce, share stories and develop new friendships.”

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Hall gets another new patron

Bedern Hall, the headquarters for the Minster Quarter cooperative, established to enlighten guests about the important area of York, received a welcome boost after Shouksmith Bulding Services Engineers became one of its latest patrons.

Friday, 8 January 2016

Historic buildings photo exhibition

A touring exhibition highlighting historic buildings in the Yorkshire Dales National Park opens at The Station in Richmond this Saturday (9 January).

Every Picture Tells a Story comprises photographs of a range of old buildings selected by the national park authority's historic environment team.

Senior listed buildings officer Gaby Rose said: “We hope these images will inspire visitors to take a fresh look at the built environment of the Yorkshire Dales and appreciate better the significance and fragility of this part of our cultural heritage.

“We are thrilled to have finally got an opportunity to display this exhibition at The Station in Richmond – it’s something we have wanted to do for years as it has a reputation as one of the leading art exhibition venues in the north east.

“And, with The Station being an historic building, we feel that its atmosphere will complement the contents of our exhibition. The venue proves that old buildings can be valuable assets to the community when they are sensitively invigorated with a new life and are cared for properly.”

The exhibition runs until February 3. More information: www.richmondstation.com/art.asp

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Heritage award signals rail station work

A direct line to a successful restoration ... Scruton Station.
Wensleydale Railway has received national recognition for its restoration of a small Victorian station at Scruton in the National Railway Heritage Awards.

Lord Faulkner of Worcester presented award at a ceremony at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London.

Work on Scruton began in 2011 and took three years to complete. The work was carried out largely by the line's volunteers with the help of apprentices at Darlington College.

The Wensleydale Railway line now serves Northallerton West, Leeming Bar, Bedale, Finghall Lane, Scruton, Leyburn and Redmire, a distance of 22 miles.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Monument-al success! Conservation work saves more historic sites

North York Moors National Park Authority chiefs have reported great progress in managing
special monuments across the area.

The announcement follows the launch of Historic England's Heritage at Risk register which includes 54 of the national park's 841 Scheduled Monuments – a reduction of more than 70 per cent from the 198 six years ago when it was first released.