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Helmsley hoard of Roman coins

The ‘Helmsley hoard’ of Roman coins was found (not surprisingly) in Helmsley in 1931, though the precise location is now uncertain. It comprises 34 silver Roman denarii which closed not much later than AD 218, the date of the latest coin. This is not a hoard of immense value, being perhaps about a month’s pay […]

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Moorsbus reminder for this Sunday

Residents and Visitors – You are invited to a Pickering History Walk on Sunday 25th September Please join us either from 11.15 until 12.30 or from 14.15 until 15.30. Start and finish at Pickering Library Bus Stop Your guide will be Bill Breakell of Friends of Moorsbus It will be a gentle and interesting walk. […]

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Mediaeval Moorsbus Meander – Sunday the 31st July

Stu Bell, famed walking correspondent for the Whitby Gazette, is going to lead this walk with a difference. He’s the one wearing a Moorsbus “M” badge… Meet at Sinnington crossroads on the A170 at 11:00. Make sure that you give the Rambler and Explorer drivers plenty of warning that you want to stop there. To […]

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Walk with Kirkbymoorside History Group

A gentle walk on Sunday 24th July starting at 2pm and lasting about 1 hour. You are welcome to join us afterwards at The Kings Head, where KMS History Group’s albums of old photos can be enjoyed. Publications will also be available to buy.

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Railway in Wartime ‘Bomb Happy’

New for 2016, The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is working with York Normandy Veterans and Everwitch Theatre to create an innovative new verbatim play as part of the annual Railway in Wartime event. The play will be based on the first hand experiences of D-Day and the subsequent battles to liberate France by the last […]

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Woodhams Stone Collection on tour across Ryedale

Items from the popular Woodhams-Stone Collection will be on the road from summer 2016 as its social history roadshow tours libraries across Ryedale. Artefacts and information from the Collection will tour round five libraries staying in each venue for three months, starting in Malton then Norton, Pickering, Kirbymoorside and Helmsley. Project Officer, Sarah Maultby said: […]

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Scheduled Monument at Risk

Volunteers help protect national monuments

The North York Moors National Park Authority is celebrating the achievements of its Monument Management Scheme (MMS) as the 2015 Heritage at Risk register is launched this week by Historic England. The new register includes 54 of the National Park’s 841 Scheduled Monuments – a huge reduction from the 198 which were at risk when […]

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Antoninus Pius (AD138-161)

The Frank Collection of Roman Coins, found in Helmsley

A hoard of Roman coins has been bequeathed to The Helmsley Archive by the family of the late Richard Frank. The Frank Collection was found in Helmsley in 1931 by Richard’s father (also named Richard), and comprises 34 silver Roman denarii dating from as early as AD69. It is believed that the hoard was deposited […]

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Meeting – Ryedale Family History Group

At our meeting this coming Wednesday, the 15th October, our speaker is Linda Turnbull from the North Yorkshire County Record Office. Yes, we have seen Linda before, and we welcome her back with some further insight into the depths of the archives in a talk about Quarter Sessions records. Quarter Sessions records are a really […]

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Reflections on War – WWI Display

The next WWI exhibition will be on 24th September in the Church House Library (upstairs) Kirkbymoorside and is called ‘Reflections on War’. It will focus on four essays written in the 1920s by a local resident Charles Clark Frank, who lived with his family at Low Hall. After serving in WWI he returned home and several years later put some […]

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New season of history talks opens with the Battle of Fulford

The new season of monthly talks organised by the Helmsley Archaelogical and Historical Society opens on Friday September 19 with Charles Jones on “The Battle of Fulford: History, Archaeology and Tapestry”. The earliest and least known of the three great battles of 1066, which determined the future of Britain, the Battle of Fulford took place […]

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Heritage Lottery Fund Workshop – 27th August

This workshop will investigate the breadth of projects that Heritage Lottery Fund can support and how to put people at the heart of heritage and your project. Focusing on the programmes available and top tips for applications, there will then be the opportunity to discuss your project ideas in a one-to-one session with Heritage Lottery […]

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Helmsley & Kirkbymoorside Memories

A new Facebook Group has been established by Donella Agar who lives in Whitby but whose family originates from Helmsley. It is aimed at anyone with connections to the Helmsley and Kirkbymoorside areas who would like to share old pictures, memories and history. This group was inspired by a similar Facebook group in Whitby. Members […]

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WWI drop in at Helmsley Library

As part of the centenary of the First World War, Helmsley Library is asking local people to come forward to share information and stories about their own family during the First World War. Stories, pictures letters and other items of interest will be used to build up a community resource about the First World War […]

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Who lived in your house?

To celebrate Local History Month in May, Pickering and Malton Libraries are helping people to find out about the lives of people who lived in their houses. The event is suitable for those whose houses are more than one hundred years old. “Who Lived In Your House” will be available at Pickering Library on Saturday […]

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Need help with a heritage project in Helmsley?

The Prince’s Regeneration Trust is kicking off a new UK wide training and mentoring programme – Building Resources, Investment and Community Knowledge (BRICK) – with a workshop in Milton Rooms, Malton, North Yorkshire on 08 May 2014. BRICK is a three year programme funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and a number of corporate sponsors, […]

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Ah those were the days…

Helmsley Rotary Club are hosting an “Evening of Nostalgia on Film” at the Helmsley Arts Centre Monday 14th July – 7.30pm. The Rotary Club of Helmsley is proud to host an evening of archived film featuring our local area, including in and around Helmsley. Presented by the Yorkshire Film Archive, the evening will feature clips […]

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Scotch Corner Chapel to open its doors

A beautiful, tiny chapel and its unusual sculptures will be open to the public on three special open days this year. Scotch Corner Chapel, near the village of Oldstead in the North York Moors National Park, was built by local man and Ampleforth College master John Bunting. The chapel is a war memorial to those […]

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Talk on Romans and Britons in East Yorkshire

Helmsley Archaelogical and Historical Society concludes its winter series of talks on Friday with Dr Peter Halkon on “The Parisi: Britons and Romans in the landscape of  East Yorkshire”. According to the ancient Greek geographer Ptolemy, the Parisi tribe occupied the area of the present-day East Riding of Yorkshire during the Roman period. Over the […]

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SINNINGTON BOOK COVER

Victorian and Edwardian Sinnington

This new book is the culmination of many years research by Sinnington resident Dixon Allan. It covers the history and development of Sinnington village from the early 1800s right up the start of the First World War. Mr Allan has drawn on a wide range of resources, documents, deeds and photographs to bring to life […]

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Memorial Stone

Wombleton In-The-Mud

Another local book has just been published, this time a collaboration between Caroline Brannigan and Kirkby resident – and former Chairman of the Ryedale Folk Museum – Tony Clark, MBE. Tony was instrumental in organising the memorial stone, which marks the former RAF station at Wombleton and this project is a natural progression of that work […]

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Richard III and Sheriff Hutton

February’s talk to the Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society is “Richard III and Sheriff Hutton”. Sheriff Hutton Castle, now a ruin and in private ownership, was a Yorkist stronghold, where Richard is known to have stayed. And it is thought – though not proved – that Edward of Middleham, Prince of Wales and Richard’s only […]

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Welburn Hall view from the terrace

Do you recall Welburn Hall school days?

Following the fantastic response we have had to the Adela Shaw Project, the Kirkbymoorside History Group has been asked if it would like to work with Welburn Hall School to produce something similar. Do you have any memories of life at this school, which began life back in the 1950s? Perhaps you were a student or […]

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Podcast of walk to Rievaulx

English Heritage have just published a guide to the walk from Helmsley Castle to Rievaulx Abbey (both EH properties) in the form of a podcast that is available to download free, here. Rievaulx Abbey has long been established as a spectacularly tranquil location, with St Aelred (its most famous abbot) commenting, “Everywhere peace, everywhere serenity!” […]

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