The Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society

The Society exists to promote the study of Yorkshire’s past.

The Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical 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. Throughout its history the Society has been active in publishing articles on many aspects of Yorkshire’s past and transcripts of important Yorkshire records. The Yorkshire Archaeological Journal was first published in 1869, and the Record Series in 1884. The Society also encourages interest in Yorkshire’s past and promotes the study of its history through events, lectures and outings.

From its earliest years the society has acquired books and documents and has built up a fine library and archives, which have recently been transferred on loan to the care of the Brotherton Library, University of Leeds.

The Society has recently sold its former premises at Claremont, on Clarendon Road in Leeds, and now has an office at Joseph's Well - please note that the Joseph's Well office is not open every day (see Contacts section for details of the address and other ways to get in touch).