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Continuing our journey around Britain’s regions, Yorkshire and the Humber covers most of the historic county of Yorkshire, along with part of northern Lincolnshire which was previously within the former shire county of Humberside. The North York Moors in the north-east of the region are probably the main area of archaeological interest.

Yorks and Humber region (Creative Commons)

Northallerton & District Local History Society

The focus here is more on local history than archaeology, membership is £13.50, under-18s are free. Attempts are made to preserve and protect old buildings and sites. Part of this process is the review of planning applications on a regular basis, and volunteers for this task are always welcomed.

Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society

Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society consider themselves among the most active and expert archaeological societies in the UK. Originally called The Scarborough and District Archaeological Society, it was founded in 1947 by a group of enthusiasts keen to preserve and research the rich archaeological inheritance of the area. Set up as an ‘excavating’ society, over the years their activities have expanded.

Membership is £13.00 and provides a copy of the society’s journal, Transactions. A full index to all issues since 1958 is avalable on their web site. In addition, a series of lectures is held throughout the year, and there is an ongoing schedule of excavations and field walking.

Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology

The society activities include:

  • arranging lectures, conferences, local history fairs and site visits on many topics related to Lincolnshire’s history, archaeology and industrial archaeology;
  • publishing quarterly and annual periodicals, and a series of more substantial and academic books as part of a longer term programme;
  • running a bookshop – operated by volunteers – which carries an extensive selection of new books on Lincolnshire, a thriving second-hand department, and both new and old postcards;
  • encouraging schools to promote Lincolnshire’s history and archaeology;
  • facilitating research and field investigation;
  • working with affiliated groups throughout the county.

Individual adult Membership is £21, and procvides a quarterly Bulletin and Magazine, and annual Journal, discounts on publications and access to all society events.

Upper Wharfedale Heritage Group

One of the smaller societies in terms of members, the group was formed in 2005 with the purpose of adding to the knowledge of the archaeologically rich area of Upper Wharfedale. Members have been involved in producing a series of landscape surveys, as well as taking part in summer excavations. Several of the projects have online blogs.

Membership is £12 and provides access to a Members-only area on the website and  members-only fieldwork days, as well as discounts on walks, talks and courses.

Yorkshire Archaeological Society

The Yorkshire Archaeological Society was founded in 1863 (as the Huddersfield Archaeological and Topographical Association) to promote interest in the history and archaeology of the Huddersfield area. In 1870 it expanded its interest to cover the whole of Yorkshire, and today it is the main society in this field for the historic county. The society Library holds books on all aspects of Yorkshire’s history from prehistory to the present day including local history, social history, industrial history, heraldry, place-names, and architecture.

Membership is £45 for an individual, but there are various classes of membership and additional ‘sections’ of membership which require additional fees, so it is best to consult the website regarding benefits of the various classes. A full program of events is available.

Useful Links

Northallerton & District Local History Society
Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society
Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology
Upper Wharfedale Heritage Group
Yorkshire Archaeological Society

Yorkshire Architectural and York Archaeological Society


January 2012

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