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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 £3 to non-members.  For the library location see here.
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
Forthcoming Lectures

The 2019 - 2020 lecture programme will start in October and will appear on this page in due course.  Last year's programme is shown below to show the range of lectures and speakers the Society presents.

Speakers and titles are subject to change; in order to keep up to date on the latest information, please consider joining our events mailing list by clicking here or please visit and like our Facebook page.




1st October 2018 The History of the Rotunda Museum Jim Middleton
15th October 2018 Ways of Seeing the Past: The use of reconstruction paintings in archaeology Judith Dobie
29th October 2018 The Archaeology of the Isle of Man Claire Corkill
12th November 2018 New perspectives on Neolithic flint mining and stone quarrying’ (Lecture sponsored by the Prehistoric Society) Pete Topping
26th November 2018 The Search for the Battle of Brunanburh Clive Philps
10th December 2018 The development of Scarborough’s Armistice commemoration tradition Keith Johnston
7th January 2019 Trust me I’m a Doctor - the sorry tale of a Filey and Hunmanby GP Pat McNaughton
21st January 2019 Strata Florida - The Cistercians, the Abbey and the Legacy Marie Woods
4th February 2019 Members Evening  
18th February 2019 How Scarborough's fishing families moved from downstreet to uptown 1870-1914 Vivienne Rivis
4th March 2019 Myths, Magic, Witches and Saints: the Folklore of some Objects in Whitby Museum Christiane Kroebel
18th March 2019 The North York Moors National Park ‘Land of Iron’ Project Maria-Elena Calderón
1st April 2019 Annual General Meeting  
15th April 2019 Digging Hill 80: crowd funded archaeology on the Western Front Andrew Volans


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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