Events and Activities

Programme of Events 2019

  • Building our Knowledge: Recent Projects on Historic Buildings and Contexts

    Saturday 23 March 2019

    Annual day school, to be held this year at York St John University, York. The theme is an update on projects involving historic and vernacular buildings in Yorkshire, either in progress or recently completed. Talks will include:

    • Woods, Trees and Timber Crucks in the Ribblehead Area: discovering re-used cruck timbers in the Dales. - Alison Armstrong
    • Who put the Hall in Old Town Hall: a Calder valley conundrum? - David Cant
    • “The Best Fashion of the Times. Good Houses for the Residence of Merchants and Principal People?” Timber-framed buildings of Beverley 1330-1674. - David Cook
    • Revising the Yorkshire North Riding Pevsner: “some stormy days and then hot summer with air filled with chamomile, jasmine and lime?” - Dr Jane Grenville
    • From Dereliction to Domestication: a farmstead reborn. - Liz Humble
    • The village of Elsecar, South Yorkshire: vernacular buildings in an industrial landscape. - Dr Jayne Rimmer

    To reserve a place, please print, complete and return the booking form, enclosing your fee. Alternatively, tickets at the non-member rate of £37.27 (including buffet and booking fee) can also be booked online via Eventbrite by clicking on the button below:

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


  • A Sheffield Taster: visit to the Dark Peak

    Saturday 30 March 2019

    Come to Langsett car park near the reservoir from 10am; walk will depart promptly from aisle-side (WCs) of large barn at 11am. Location: betwixt Huddersfield and Sheffield on A616, just 10 miles from Junction 38 of M1, 30 minutes’ drive via Kexborough, Cawthorne, Hoylandswaine, Penistone, Thurlstone and Millhouse. If early go for a coffee at the pink spotted café. If late you may have to park on west approach to Langsett as the car park fills early.

    We can promise you amazing vernacular house interior visits, seeing three of the houses we will record later in the year: two cruck houses with bressumer, firehoods, board-and-muntin panelling and decorative stone work at Upper Midhope (short pleasant walk). Drive to unspoilt Midhope Chapel (porch dated 1705), then over the moors to High Bradfield to park in pub car park at Old Horns Inn, Towngate S6 6LG, with lunch on arrival (serves excellent food all day) then walk down Towngate to the church. You will hardly believe you are in South Yorkshire! Then drive down the hill to Low Bradfield: go over bridge, turn right and park in village car park on right. Then at 3.30pm short walk to see outstanding three-storey Fairhouse (well named) superbly restored, with diamond-pane leaded-lights, lobby-entry against the firehood, panelled walls, stone spiral stair, with a timber one to the attic, flat-balusters, original doors and hinges. We are promised tea and cake. It will be worth the effort of a long drive; don’t miss this one! Bring a torch to better see apotropaic marks and ancient graffiti on a beamed ceiling.

    Ring Peter Thornborrow to book: 01226 384642 (leave message giving name and contact details), or email chairman@yvbsg. First twenty-five to book only.


  • Annual Recording Conference: Hallamshire and the Dark Peak

    Friday 17 to Sunday 19 May 2019

    The next annual recording conference will be held in the Sheffield area (based at The Rutland Hotel), as part of the Group’s wider programme focusing on the buildings of South Yorkshire over four years. We will record a number of vernacular farmhouses and barns in Bradfield civil parish in the Dark Peak that exhibit similar characteristics. Cruck-framed two-cell lobby/end-baffle entries, with a bressumer incorporating the lobby door-head with firehoods. One with a parlour fireplace backing on to the reredos wall with a stone spiral stair to an attic. Mullioned windows with hood-moulds some with decorative label-stops. Also the oldest post-framed timber building within Sheffield city not previously recorded! All welcome, whether beginners or experienced members.

    To reserve a place, please print, complete and return the booking form, enclosing your fee. Booking deadline: 10 April 2019 (NB now extended to 20 April 2019).

    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.


  • A walkabout ... somewhere!

    Saturday 22 June 2019

    Kevin Illingworth will lead a summer walkabout at a location still to be decided (he has several possible options in mind!). Details to follow.


  • Conference review day

    Saturday 14 September 2019

    An event to review the findings of the May conference in the Sheffield area. Details to follow.


  • A walk around Bedale

    Saturday 28 September 2019

    A walk around the town led by Tony Robinson. Details to follow.


Details of further events will be published here when finalised.