Events and Activities

Third Thursday Talks

Until we can resume our normal activities, we are offering a series of monthly online talks which will normally take place by Zoom at 7.30pm on the third Thursday of the month. The talks are open to all (including non-members) and are free of charge.

Please book a place by clicking on the button, which will take you to the Eventbrite booking page. Joining instructions with the Zoom link will be sent by email after booking.

Details of more talks will be emailed to members and added to this website as they are arranged. When possible, the talks will be recorded and published on the YVBSG YouTube channel.


Future talks

  • Vernacular architectural features in Upper Wharfedale

    by Malcolm Birdsall. Thursday 18 March 2021 at 7.30pm.

    During a week self-catering at ‘The Old Chapel’ in Kilnsey in October 2020, Malcolm’s past memories of various vernacular buildings in the Upper Wharfedale area were ignited. With some of his past recording and recent research he has put together a presentation that includes architectural assessments in Kilnsey: ‘The Old Chapel – was it originally a Chapel?, The Old Hall, the partially ruinous gatehouse (with a conjectured original layout), a detached bakehouse, and looking at his past research and recordings by others of corn drying kilns. Elsewhere, Malcolm has picked out features in Grassington, Parceval Hall at Skyreholme, and Mock Beggar Hall at Appletreewick.


Previous talks

  • A farmer-miner landscape: cowhouses and the practice of smallholdings in Castle Bolton (lower Wensleydale)

    by Hannah Kingsbury. Thursday 18 February 2021.

    The talk explored to what extent Castle Bolton can be termed a 'farmer-miner' landscape, by looking at the area's dual-economy, the practice of smallholdings and the use of single-storey cowhouses. Castle Bolton is home to a particular concentration of these cowhouses, making it a good case study to explore their form and features.

  • Ships timbers ahoy! Ways to convince it’s not part of the Armada

    by David Cant. Thursday 21 January 2021.
    Owners of houses and pubs with ancient looking timbers often seem to think that they must have been rescued from old ships. This talk by David Cant examined the reasons behind this with some examples from the north of England. He also considered the thorny problem of whether we should try to debunk this myth and how we could do this.