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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.
2018 Annual General Meeting
Following are links for the documents relating to the forthcoming Society's AGM
Annual Report
Annual Accounts and Reserves Statement
Minutes of the 2017 Annual General Meeting
Forthcoming Lectures

The 2017 - 2018 lecture programme is underway and a PDF version of the programme can be downloaded by clicking here.




2nd October 2017 The Antiquities of Yorkshire: viewing and displaying the past in the eighteenth century George Sheeran
16th October 2017 'Lawson Lies Still in the Thames': The extraordinary life of Vice-Admiral Sir John Lawson Gill Blanchard
30th October 2017 The 1984 fire at the York Minster and the restoration of the roof John Toy
13th November 2017 The Roman Roads Research Association Mike Haken
27th November 2017 The Anglo-Saxon origins of the churches and parishes of the Scarborough area Steven Bassett
11th December 2017 Scarborough Invaded - brewery trips to the town Keith Johnston
8th January 2018 The development of Eastfield Stephen Gandolfi
22nd January 2018 The history of the Scarborough Amicable Society David Sutcliffe
5th February 2018 Members Evening  
19th February 2018 **REVISED**  From Quintus Petillius Cerialis to Elizabeth II: 1950 years in the life of the York city walls John Oxley
5th March 2018 **REVISED** What might have been - the 1930 proposals by S D Adshead Chris Hall
19th March 2018 The neolithic in the Yorkshire Dales Yvonne Luke
16th April 2018 Annual General Meeting  
30th April 2018 Recent Excavations at the early mesolithic site of Star Carr Nicky Milner


Children In Need
We're pleased that at the lecture by Steven Bassett on the evening of 27th November 2017, members and visitors raised a total of £107 for Children in Need which is far in excess of what we've raised before.  A massive thank you to Vanessa Milner, Joan Evans and all those who contributed cakes and donations!
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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