Events and Activities

Programme of Events 2018

  • Town & Country: Vernacular Buildings in the Yorkshire Landscape - NOW FULLY BOOKED

    Saturday 17 March 2018

    Annual day school, to be again held at the Headingley Campus of Leeds Beckett University. The theme is wide-ranging and covers much of Yorkshire, dealing with longhouses, 'shadow' (chalk) houses, yeoman houses, town houses and the effect that Parliamentary enclosure had on moorland townships. Talks will include:

    • Living with livestock: the longhouse in Yorkshire: its distribution, forms and functions - Barry Harrison
    • People, places, things: reconstructing Malton's lost late 17th century buildings from probate sources and the hearth tax - Dr Kate Giles
    • Enclosing the Moors: shaping the Calder Valley landscape through Parliamentary Inclosure - Sheila Graham
    • Shadow Houses: rebuilding on the Yorkshire chalk belt, 1820-1930 - George Sheeran
    • Craftsmen and clients, rebuilding at the beginning of the 18th century - David Cant
    • The dual economy of textiles and agriculture, the yeoman clothier in the Upper Calder valley in the late 17th century - Peter Thornborrow

    To reserve a place, please print, complete and return the booking form, enclosing your fee.

    The YVBSG will hold its AGM immediately after the talks as usual.


  • A Rotherham Taster

    Saturday 21 April 2018

    Many people have never been to Rotherham, so we meet in the town centre inside the Minster at 10.30am – you can’t really miss it! This magnificent church is considered by Pevsner to be ‘one of the largest and stateliest parish churches in Yorkshire’. What impresses is the overwhelming scale of it dominating the town – cruciform plan with a crossing tower and a soaring spire. We’ll also see the contemporary Bridge Chapel and the restored Three Cranes on High Street, now an Antique Centre. We’ll then leave and go to see the Manorial Barn at Whiston (the oldest secular building in the north), as well as Kimberworth Manor House dated 1694, then further surprises!

    To book, please ring Peter Thornborrow on 01226 384642. Numbers restricted to twenty-five. Parking on Forge Island (in the middle of the river) is free on Saturdays.


  • Annual Recording Conference: Rotherham

    Friday 11 to Sunday 13 May 2018

    Our next annual recording conference will be held in the Rotherham area, as part of the Group's wider programme focusing on the buildings of South Yorkshire over four years. All welcome, whether beginners or experienced members!

    To reserve a place, please print, complete and return the booking form, enclosing your fee. NB. Booking deadline now extended to 28 April 2018!

    Two YVBSG bursaries of £150 each, in memory of member Tony Tolhurst, are available to help pay for attendance at the conference. If you'd like to apply, please complete and return the bursary application form.


  • Another Bowland walkabout

    Saturday 16 June 2018

    Kevin Illingworth will lead another walk in the Bowland area – full details available in May.


    Details of further events will be published here when finalised.