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Committee and Officers



President: Trevor Pearson FSA

Vice-Presidents: Christopher Hall, Dr Farrell Burnett


Chairman: Simon Temlett 

Vice Chairmen: Mark Vesey, Vanessa Milner

Secretary: Keith Johnston

Treasurer: Martin Bland


Editor of Transactions: Keith Johnston

Fieldwork: Chris Hall

Membership: Sue Ogilvy

Minutes: Emma Temlett

Programme: Trevor Pearson

Publications: Emma Temlett 

Publicity: Mark Vesey

Social Media: Gareth Davies

Web master: Linda Kemp

Mark Franklin




Trevor Pearson – Chair of the Trustees

Martin Bland

Farrell Burnett

Chris Hall

Keith Johnston

Vanessa Milner

Simon Temlett


Chris Hall

Current SAHS roles: Vice-president, Field Officer, Trustee

Previous roles: Assistant secretary, Secretary, Chairman

I grew up in Great Ayton and I think my interest in archaeology started when somebody (possibly my granddad) showed me some excavations on the moors near the village. I would be about 8 or 9 and I now know that it was Raymond Hayes excavating the chambered cairn on Great Ayton Moor.

My first taste of excavating while I was in the 6th form at Guisborough Grammar School. At Durham University I studied Geography specialising in historical geography - this was more akin to what we now call landscape archaeology. At Durham, an Honours degree had to be accompanied by subsidiary subjects, Archaeology and Anthropology is my case. I did some excavating with the University archaeology department, but my main interest at that time was Industrial Archaeology carrying building recording on windmills and beehive coke ovens.

I joined SAHS in 1976, within a couple of months was a Committee member and I got involved with Peter Farmer’s excavation at Eastborough/West Sandgate. Later, I worked with Peter at 113 Longwestgate.

In December 1986, the County Archaeologist asked Trevor Pearson and me to investigate a site at East Sandgate. This proved to be the start of a nearly thirty year campaign of urban excavations the highlights of which for me have been the discovery of the Old Borough defensive ditch at Leading Post Street; the discovery of the site of St Sepulchre Church at Springfield and the discovery of the medieval Quay alignment at the Marine Engineers site. Other work that I have been involved with for the Society has included excavations at the Saltwick Alum works (a very challenging but rewarding project) and the square enclosure on Seamer Moor.

Independently of the Society I have excavated with the late Prof Philip Rahtz; Blaise Vyner; University of York and York Archaeological Trust.

My current area of research is bricks and brickmaking. But if a nice harbourside site came up, I would be really pleased.


Farrell Burnett

Trustee and Vice-President

Within a month of moving to Scarborough in 2001, I joined the Society and shortly  thereafter became involved with the events and publications made possible by the Society’s Heritage Lottery Fund grant. I happily served as Publications Officer from 2002 to 2010. In this capacity I oversaw the production and sales of Guide to Historic Scarborough, Archaeology of Medieval Scarborough and Trods of the North York Moors; I also helped to deliver the popular workshops on publishing for local societies sponsored by the Society and the Council of British Archaeology. Previously, I had worked in book and journal publishing for many years in New York and London. I was awarded a BA from Columbia University with a major in history and a PhD from the University of Westminster for research into copyright and the Internet.


Gareth Davies

Inspired by a schoolteacher who kept Iron Age cremation burials under his desk, I have a lifelong interest in Archaeology. This ranges from ancient technology to industrial archaeology and from medieval buildings to Roman engineering.

I have been involved with SAHS for over 20 years and have been involved in a number of excavations often (it seems) involving cutting and drilling through concrete floors in Scarborough town.

Currently I maintain the social media streams for The Society and am keen to use all possible methods to promote history and archaeology to a wide audience.


Keith Johnston

Current SAHS roles: Secretary, Editor of Transactions, Trustee

I’ve always been fascinated by the past and studied History at Leeds University before taking up a teaching position at Scarborough Sixth Form College, where I spent my whole career. It was there that I first met Jack Binns, a very important figure in the study of Scarborough’s history and a great influence on me. He introduced me to the Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society, of which I’ve been a member for many years.

While in employment I tried to find time for my own research, but it is only since I retired, slightly early, in 2012 that I have been able to concentrate on such topics as the development of Scarborough as a holiday resort, the growth of tourism in the English Lake District, war memorials of the First World War, historical pageants in Yorkshire and the bombardment of Scarborough in December 1914. I enjoy giving talks on these, and other, subjects. I am currently a part-time MA student at the University of York, thoroughly enjoying the MA in Modern History course.

I value many different aspects of being involved in the Scarborough and Archaeological Society, not least the companionship of like-minded people and the opportunities to work with other organisations, including the Scarborough Museums Trust, the Friends of Dean Road and Manor Road Cemetery and the Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre. With members of the first two organisations I’ve recently been working on a booklet of walks connected with the 1914 bombardment and I’m glad to say that it has now been published.


Linda Kemp

I have been a member since 2001 when I joined to participate in a dig near Paradise (in Scarborough's Old Town). Since then I have assisted in other excavations, joined the committee and helped with various activities such as walks, book publication and social events. I worked in IT until recently and have no professional history training but am fascinated by finding out details of people's lives in the past - whether that be 100, 1,000 or 10,000 years ago. Scarborough area history encompasses all that, and more. I have been involved with the society's website since its initial development under the Community Heritage Initiative in 2002, now leading the group undertaking the redesign.


Lynda Henley-Welch

I grew up in West Yorkshire and moved to the east coast in 2001.  It was 2003 when I joined the society and became a committee member in 2009, in the capacity of Minutes Secretary.  I became Secretary to the society in 2013.

I haven’t engaged in any digs with the society, but have been involved in some of the social aspects, helping to organise a summer programme and also a very successful members Christmas party at Allat House.  This will be most memorable to people for John Rushton wearing a pink tutu and entering the stage to music from Swan Lake!

Outside of the society I work full time for the Ministry of Justice in Scabrorough and am studing a BSc (Hons) Natural Science degree with the Open University, aiming to be finished in 2016.


Mark Vesey

Vice Chairman & Press Officer. Member of the Society since 2004 also chairman of the Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre.


Trevor Pearson

Current SAHS roles: President, Programme Secretary, Trustee

Previous roles: Projectionist, Chief Warden

I grew up in Scarborough and I think my interest in archaeology started in 1966 when the town celebrated the1000th anniversary of its founding by Icelandic Vikings. I thought how exciting to think there is the remains of a Viking settlement underneath the modern town waiting to be unearthed. That was nearly 50 years ago and we are still looking for it!

I joined the Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society in 1975 and my first taste of excavating was in early 1976 on a dig organised by Peter Farmer at the corner of Eastborough and West Sandgate. The following year I worked with Peter on a dig at the back of 113 Longwestgate but later that same year I left Scarborough to study archaeology at Durham University.

Although my pursuit of a career in archaeology took me away from Scarborough, I always kept in touch with the Society and In December 1986, when I was working at Birmingham University, the County Archaeologist asked Chris Hall and me to investigate a site at East Sandgate. This proved to be the start of a campaign of excavations in Scarborough which still continues. We published the results up until 2004 as a Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society Research Report. One of the most unexpected discoveries we made during this time was the unearthing of Roman remains at the top of St Thomas Street, preserved beneath the later medieval town rampart.

I currently work for English Heritage involved in both graphics and survey work but I still like to undertake research into the archaeology and history of Scarborough. I have recently given talks on the Scarborough Pageant of 1912 and the town’s lost seaside attractions and had a book published on the history of the town in 2009.


Simon Temlett

Current SAHS Roles: Chairman, Trustee

I joined the Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society in 2010 after my wife and I attended a lecture advertised by the Society.  I had always had an interest in TV programmes such as Simon Schama's "A History of Britain" and "Time Team" and found the Society a place where I could find out more at a local level.  I've got involved with the excavations team where hopefully my enthusiasm mitigates for my lack of knowledge and expertise.  

My interest in history and archaeology is in contrast to my professional life where I have a software development company and also a cash register and EPoS company which was started by my late father.




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