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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 YO11 2NN. There is a small entrance fee of £3 to non-members.  For the library location see here.
2021 - 2022 Annual Lecture Programme

Unfortunately the Library Concert Hall will not be available until the New Year and so once again the lecture programme will be delivered initially as a series of live streams. The programme until Christmas is as follows:

Date Title Speaker
4 October 2021 House to Honeypot: 300 years of history at Sewerby Hall Rob Chester
18 October 2021 Revising Pevsner in the North Riding Jane Grenville
1 November 2021 World War 2 Posters: Information, Persuasion and Propoganda Patrick Argent
15 November 2021 Trio GrandeL: Scarborough's Royal, Pavilion and Grand Hotels Karen Averby
29 November 2021 Civic disturbances in Scarborough in the early fourteenth century Robin McCallum
13 December 2021 From the Beerhouse to the Micropub: the modern history of Scarborough's pubs Keith Johnston


2020 - 2021 Annual Lecture Programme

The 2020 - 2021 programme was delivered as a series of live streams via YouTube.  Membership of the Society allows access to the lectures 'on demand' and a full catalogue of the lectures can be found by clicking here.


2020 Annual General Meeting

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Society was unable to hold a conventional AGM and the Committee elected to hold a 'virtual' AGM.  The details of how this was conducted and the results of the voting can be found be consulting this document which is in PDF format.

Below are links to the documents for the AGM, all in PDF format.

Agenda for the 2020 AGM
Annual Report
Annual Account and Reserves Statement
Minutes of the 2019 AGM

2019 Annual General Meeting
The Society's AGM was held on 1st April 2019 at the Concert Hall, Scarborough Library.
Below are links to the documents presented to the AGM, all in PDF format.
Agenda for 2019 AGM
Annual Report
Annual Accounts and Reserves Statement
Minutes of the 2018 Annual General Meeting


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.
You may also find the following links useful:

Local Bus Services

Train Services

Taxi Services


Some Past Lectures...

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.

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