Yorkshire Archaeological Society News

 

Christmas closure

The YAS library will re-open after the Christmas break on Tuesday 6 January 2015. From January we are operating a reduced library service, please check the Opening Hours page for more information.

The last day for ordering sales items in 2014 is Friday 19 December. All orders received over the Christmas period will be processed after 5 January 2015.

18/12/2014

 

Changes to opening hours in 2015

From Jan-March 2015 the library is open by appointment for reference

Weekdays

Tuesday 10am - 5.30pm

Wednesday 10am - 5.30pm

Thursday 10am – 5.30pm

Saturday (please see below)

Unfortunately if you do not book in advance (0113 245 7910, yas.library@gmail.com) we cannot guarantee library staff will be on hand to assist you. The Society is currently preparing its collections for transfer to the University of Leeds in 2015 and, is therefore, unfortunately, only able to provide a limited service at present. We Apologise for any inconvenience caused.

We would be grateful if members could please return any borrowed books by 20 February 2015. No loans will be made after 20 December 2014.

Please note the YAS archive collections are currently unavailable

 

Saturdays

Claremont will be open for lectures and library access on Saturdays 9.30-5pm when there is a lecture scheduled (see below), and for lectures only from April to June.

 

The library will be open 9.30-5pm on:

Sat 10, Sat 17 & Sat 24 January

Sat 14 & Sat 21 February

Sat 7, Sat 14, Sat 21 March

 

Claremont will be open for lectures only:

Sat 11 & Sat 18 April

Sat 9 & Sat 16 May

Sat 13 June

18/12/2014

 

Latest eNewsletter available

See our eNewsletter page for the December 2014 eNewsletter.

05/12/14

 

Sad news

The Society received the sad news last week that our long standing member and volunteer Dorothy Payne died on 27th October at the age of 88, after a long illness. Dorothy started helping the Society as a volunteer back in the 1960s. Initially interested mainly in archaeology, she did a tremendous amount to encourage interest in the Society. She was Lectures Secretary for many years, participated actively in the mounting of exhibitions and campaigns, such as the Wakefield Court Rolls appeal, and was the person who, as a result of her interest in the history of Claremont, tracked down and secured the diaries of Dr John Heaton, its Victorian owner, which she subsequently donated to the Society. She was a person of boundless enthusiasm and energy, and she was sadly missed when she was no longer able to come to Claremont. The YAS owes her a great debt of gratitude.

Dorothy will be cremated at Rawdon Crematorium on Wednesday the 12th of November at 10:20 am.

06/11/14

 

Yorkshire Archaeological Journal Volume 86 2014

A reminder that the 2014 volume of the Yorkshire Archaeological Journal is available for purchase from Maney Publishing. For a list of contents please see the Journal section of the website.

One of the many articles of interest in the 2014 volume, particularly for those who attended the successful exhibition held at the Folly in Settle last year as part of the Society’s 150th anniversary celebrations, is by Professor Richard Hoyle on the Shambles in Settle Marketplace. This is one of Settle’s most familiar and iconic buildings of which there has long been a mystery about its construction. Professor Hoyle’s research has identified why the Shambles has the particular form it has, the dates when it was erected and has also identified the builder. Until the end of December 2014 there is an opportunity to have free direct access to the full article by clicking on the following this link

 

Explore Dr Heaton's Leeds online

The Heaton Map Project is a collaboration between the Centre for Culture and Arts at Leeds Beckett University, the Yorkshire Archaeological Society and the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Sheffield.

It takes an innovative approach to exploring and communicating the urban heritage of Leeds, using the journals of nineteenth-century physician Dr John Deakin Heaton to map his public activities across the city.  This map is be available as an app and website for mobile phones and PCs. You can discover more at www.heatonmap.mobi

31/10/2014

 

Changes to archive access

From 1 October 2014 the Archives will be closed. It is planned that they will become accessible once again in a new location after Easter 2015.
Please keep checking the website for further details or telephone 0113 245 7910 after 1 April 2015.

Until 31 December 2014 the Library will be open as follows

TUESDAY 10.00-17.30

WEDNESDAY 10.00-17.30

THURSDAY 10.00-17.30

SATURDAY 9.30-17.00

Opening hours for the Library are subject to change from 1 January 2015.

16/09/14

 

 

Outcome of the Extraordinary General Meeting of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society held on Saturday 12th July 2014

As previously notified, an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of the Society was held on 12th July 2014. The meeting took place at the St Georges Centre, in Great George Street, Leeds, as the number of members attending was too great to accommodate at Claremont. 98 members attended the EGM; 38 members gave their apologies.

The President (Mrs Sylvia Thomas) welcomed members and expressed her gratitude for the interest shown, which was a reflection of the importance of the matters for discussion. In introductory remarks, she and the Honorary Treasurer (Dr Brian Barber) explained the rationale for the proposal by the Society’s Management Board to transfer the Society’s Archive and Library collections on long-term loan to the University Library at the University of Leeds, and the importance of doing this to ensure the future of the Society.

There was an extended and wide-ranging discussion of the Management Board’s proposal and the issues it raised. Comments and queries were made by many of the members present, with responses being provided by the President or the Honorary Treasurer. Issues touched on included:

the future ownership of the Society’s materials – this would remain with the Society;

the fact that members would have access to all the books and collections of the University Library – it was also noted that the Society’s books and other materials would not be disposed of in the future without the Society’s consent;

the fact that there were inevitably some points of detail that had yet to be finalised, such as the question of access to material by section-only members;

the Management Board’s plans to acquire through purchase or rent suitable new premises to support the Society’s activities, and that members’ suggestions as to the parameters for such premises were sought;

the possibilities of fund-raising, but also the difficulties previously encountered in this regard, and the problem of raising substantial funds in a restricted timescale;

the concern of some members as to the amount of information it had been possible to make available, which they felt inhibited their ability to judge the proposal;

the possibilities for a strong continuing role for volunteers working on the Society’s materials.

In the concluding part of the meeting members were asked to vote to indicate whether they felt able to support the Board’s recovery plan, which involved:

the transfer on loan under the terms of an appropriate partnership agreement of the Society’s Library and Historical Document Collections to the Brotherton Library of the University of Leeds, and the sale of Claremont and the acquisition either through purchase or rent of suitable premises to support the full range of the Society’s activities in the future.

Members voted by a show of hands. The results were as follows:

FOR the motion – 72

AGAINST the motion – 13

ABSTENTIONS – 4

The motion was therefore carried.

The Society’s Officers and the Management Board will now proceed to work further in collaboration with Leeds University Library to put into effect the proposals endorsed by the EGM. A further report will be made to members at the Society’s Annual General Meeting, which will be held later in the year.

If any members have further queries at this stage, please contact the Honorary General Secretary, David Buck, preferably via email at yas.secretary@gmail.com.

 

 

The International Medieval Congress in association with the YAS presented: Celts, Saxons, and Vikings: The 'Great War' of 937 and the Battle of Brunanburh by Michael Wood

 

IMC lecture 9/7/14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the left : Axel Müller - Director International Medieval Congress & Chairman of the YAS Medieval Section, Sylvia Thomas - President of the YAS and Michael Wood

More to follow

16/07/2014

 

Journal articles

For details of how to submit articles for consideration for the YAJ, please contact the YAS Secretary by email or post.