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Annual Lecture Programme

Every year the Society offers a series of lectures throughout the autumn, winter & spring. These cover a range of historical and archaeological topics, mainly of local interest but also including national and international subjects. The lecture meetings are held on Monday evenings at 7:30pm in the Concert Room, Central Library, Vernon Road, Scarborough YO112NN. There is a small entrance fee of £2 to non-members.  For the library location see here.
Forthcoming Lectures

We have made the 2016 - 2017 lecture programme available to download to your smartphone.  To do so, cllick here (iCal format) or if you want to view the calendar in a web browser you can use this link.  Alternatively you can download the whole programme as a PDF file here.


Date Title Presenter
3rd October 2016 The History and Heritage of our Local Forests Brian Walker
17th October 2016 History of the Sea Cut Michael Hurley
31st October 2016 The Intertidal and Coast Archaeology of the Yorkshire Coast: The CITIZAN Project Megan Clement
14th November 2016 Writing on the Roof: Graffiti at St Oswald's, Filey John Buglass
28th November 2016 Collect Prehistoric Yorkshire: The Lamplough-Lidster Collection David Lamplough
12th December 2016 "He will do for you that which no other King has done": Richard III's ambitions for York, Scarborough and the North John Oxley
9th January 2017 By, in and on the sea - the activities of Scarborough's visitors Keith Johnston
23rd January 2017 The Victorian Rag Trade Vanessa Milner
6th February 2017 Members Evening  
20th February 2017 Scarborough and Whitby Railway - Ravenscar to Whitby Robin Lidster
6th March 2017 Star Carr - Early Mesolithic Life Revealed Jennifer Dunne
20th March 2017 The Story of Scarborough and its Books Trevor Pearson
3rd April 2017 AGM  
24th April 2017 The Work of the Yorkshire Gardens Trust Yvonne Boutwood


Children In Need
We're pleased to announce that at the lecture by John Buglass on the evening of 14th November 2016, members and visitors raised a total of £58 for Children in Need through donations made for cake to go with their teas and coffees.  A massive thank you to Vanessa Milner and Joan Evans for the cakes. Joan unfortunately was unwell and couldn't attend on the night but still came through in supplying the cake!
Past Lectures

18th April 2016

Hanging Grimston, Marcus Jecock


15th April 2016

Professor Alice Roberts

The Society was pleased to sponsor Professor Alice Roberts' appearance at the Books By The Beach event.  The event was a complete sell out and Professor Roberts kindly answered many questions asked by an ethusiast audience.


11th April 2016

SAHS AGM, followed by am update on the Raincliffe Woods Project
The formal business of the AGM was conducted and afterwards Martin Bland, Trevor Pearson and Chris Hall of the Society presented those present with an update on work that is being undertaken in Raincliffe Woods.  This area is largely unmapped and the work that has been undertaken is already showing that this is an area of significant archaeological and historical interest.  The Society will no doubt be continuing its reputation for excellent and rigorous work as this project progresses.

14th March 2016

This Exploited Land - the trailblazing story of ironstone and railways in the North York Moors
Mark Sissons gave a great talk to a large audience on a fascinating part of our local history.  With potentially imminent work starting on potash mining locally, it was timely to see that what is considered today to be an area of outstanding natural beauty was, and within living memory, a heavily industrial area.

29th February 2016

The World of Albert Strange
Our thanks go to Richard Wynne for an interesting talk on the many marine craft designed by Scarborough's own Albert Strange.  It was good to see many members for Sailing Club present and we hope you'll join us again for some other talks.

15th February 2016

Members Evening
Thanks to everybody who attended to listen to some great talks given by our very own members.  Vanessa Milner, Chris Evans, Mark Vesey and John Found all kindly spoke on topics as diverse as Alderman John Jackson, Three Cayley Servants, the Maritime Heritage Centre and the early history of Scarborough Cricket Club.  Their contributions were warmly received by the audience and judging by the interest their material, we may have to ask them to expand their talks further. 

1st February 2016

Discoveries along the A1, Dr. Steve Sherlock
A great talk from Dr Steve Sherlock about the excavations along the course of the A1 improvement! 
Such a huge enterprise and good to hear about his involvement with Operation Nightingale to help rehabilitate service personnel through involvement in archaeology.

You can read more about Operation Nightingale and the DAG here:

18th January 2016
Whitby during Queen Anne's War 1702-1713 and the case of Linskill v Yeoman, Christiane Kroebel
4th January 2016
Restoring heritage assets - The Old Parcels Stationa and Dean Road Chapel, Chris Hall
14th December 2015
Battlefield tourism: visiting the Western Front in the years after the First World War, Keith Johnston

30th November 2015

"Standing on the shoulders of giants": analysing the Stonehenge World Heritage Site, Mark Bowden
Mark provided a brilliant insight in recent analysis of Stonehenge and the surrounding areas.  The audience left with new insights and possibly some questions to contemplate.  Was Stone 56 ever upright, even in antiquity?  What do the Bronze Age carvings on the stones represent?  Were the sarsen stones all transported the great distances as widely believed?

16th November 2015

Ancient Egypt: New Stories, Joann Fletcher
A fascinating evening presented by the always entertaining Joann Fletcher.  In addition we raised a good sum for Children in Need through the generosity of Members and visitors alike.  Thanks go to Vanessa and the ladies of the Friends of Seamer Village for the donation of the cakes.

Getting to Lectures and Events

As a charity the Society tries to ensure its activities are accessible to all and we also wish to encourage ‘green’ transport. Many of our activities take place in the town and are readily accessible on foot, by cycle or by public transport.  Car sharing allows those without a vehicle to take part and lessens the impact of the car. If you are able to offer a place in your car or if you require a lift please contact us.  Where an out of town venue is accessible by public transport details will be listed.
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