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Henry Gyles, glass painter, talk at HAHS

Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society‘s winter programme resumes on Friday week with a talk by Susan Harrison, Curator (collections) North Territory, English Heritage, entitled “An Honest Gyles”. This talk will focus on a window made by the eminent glass painter of York, Henry Gyles, in 1699 and reveal the story of its discovery, research, conservation […]

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Talk on Byland Abbey

Byland Abbey was described in the 12th century as one of the shining lights of northern monasticism. Its beginnings were unpromising – it was only after 43 years and numerous moves that the community of Byland found a permanent home – yet the abbey rose to be one of the largest of the Cistercian order […]

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Human remains in Ryedale Windypits

Human remains sounds exciting, but what on earth is a Windypit? The Ryedale Windypits are natural underground features located on the western slope of the valley of the River Rye. These fissures are known locally as the Windypits because they tend to emit gusts of air which can cause rustling in the vegetation and in […]

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Astronaut Tim Peake to speak in York

British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake has inspired adults and children alike with his recent mission to the International Space Station (ISS). This is your chance to hear about his experiences first hand. From launch to landing, discover what it’s like to live and work aboard the ISS. Tim Peake is the first British ESA Astronaut. […]

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Talk on Helmsley hoard of Roman coins

The ‘Helmsley’ hoard of Roman silver coins was buried at an interesting time for Roman Yorkshire and its currency, in the years after the emperor Septimius Severus died in York. The hoard is dominated by his coins and those of his family. The coins are also amongst the last hidden before the chaos of the […]

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Annual Kirkdale Lecture on May 7

The Friends of St Gregory’s Minster, a delightful Saxon church in nearby Kirkdale, arrange an annual lecture to co-incide with their Friends Weekend and Annual General Meeting. The 2016 Kirkdale Lecture will be given, at St Gregory’s Minster, by Professor S A J Bradley under the title Lord Danby’s Physic Garden & the Hidden Archives […]

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David Starkey to talk on Magna Carta in Helmsley

British constitutional historian and a radio and television presenter, David  Starkey, is coming to Helmsley . The UK’s leading constitutional historian, known for his forthright views, is to talk about the Magna Carta, the 13th century agreement that , imperfect though it was, and radically modified in its first ten years, limited for the first […]

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Talk on Yorkshire and the colonisation of Britain after the Ice Age

The current winter series of talks arranged by the Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society concludes this month with “Pioneer settlers: Yorkshire at the forefront of colonisation of Britain after the Ice Age” by Don Henson of the University of York Department of Archaeology. The talk will look at conditions in Britain at the end of […]

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HAHS talk on Chariot Burials

The winter series of talks offered by Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society continues with Dr Melanie Giles on “Chariot Burials of Britain”. The Iron Age chariot burials of North, West and particularly East Yorkshire, are an internationally renowned phenomenon. Containing the complete or dismantled remains of two-wheeled vehicles and horse trappings, these burials are often […]

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The Middleham Jewel: talk at the HAHS

Dr Kate Giles of the University of York Department of Archaeology will give the November talk at the Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society, on “ Richard III and the Middleham Jewel“. The Middleham Jewel is one of the most important examples of a late medieval pendant, discovered near Middleham Castle by metal detectorists in the […]

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Lastingham and its neighbours in the 7th & 8th centuries: talk at HAHS

Monthly talks with the Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society continue in October with Professor Richard Morris on “Lightnings, clouds and saints: Lastingham and its neighbours in the seventh and eighth centuries“. The talk will ask why so many religious houses were founded in Anglo-Saxon Ryedale, introduce new evidence for their devotional life, surroundings and connections, […]

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Julian Thomas - Trekking to the South Pole

Trekking to the South Pole – a community talk

Interested in hearing about life in one of the most stunning, but inhospitable environments on Earth? Then come along and hear about it first hand from Julian Thomas who last year trekked 600 miles from the coast of Antarctica to the ‘bottom of the world’. Julian Thomas has previously trekked up Mont Blanc, through the […]

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