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Helmsley Scrapbook Exhibition

Helmsley's History from 1930s to 2015

Saturday September 29th 2018, 10.00 - 16.00
Helmsley Methodist Church, Ashdale Road
Entry fee 1.00
(Teas and coffees available)

A collection of newspaper cuttings featuring Helmsley people and events, as reported in the local press.

The three sets of scrapbooks were created originally by Violet Richardson, Norah Scoby and Rose Wright. They include articles and images describing people and events in Helmsley and the surrounding villages.

The articles have been selected from various local papers including the Northern Echo, Yorkshire Evening Press, Malton Gazette, Yorkshire Herald and Malton Gazette and Herald.


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The Society began life as the Helmsley and Area Group of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society, and the inaugural meeting took place at the Scout Hall, Helmsley on 5th December 1950. Reminiscences of the early days of the Society are given here.

Its purpose was 'to gather together periodically for lectures and discussions on archaeological subjects, with special emphasis on local history' and to collect and record data. The Group flourished and a committed and enthusiastic membership, pre-eminent among them being Raymond Hayes, soon began the task of compiling 'The History of Helmsley, Rievaulx and District' which was published by Stonegate Press, York in 1963, edited by John McDonnell. Although long out of print, this volume remains an invaluable source of information about the town and its surroundings.

The first issue of the Society's biennial publication, 'The Ryedale Historian', followed in 1965 providing a vehicle for members to publish the results of their archaeological and historical research. This and subsequent issues provide evidence of the wide range of interests of the Society's Members, and activities in which they have been involved.


A new issue of The Ryedale Historian
(Number 28) is now available!

Its contents can be seen here

Some past editions of The Ryedale Historian are still available
- see here

The Society is Registered Charity (No. 1089682; its Constitution can be seen here); it currently has a membership of about one hundred. From September to April there is a programme of illustrated lectures, one a month, held at the North York Moors National Park Authority Committee Room, Helmsley. These are on a wide range of topics, mostly concerning the archaeology and history of the local area. During the summer months, a series of visits is arranged, often to sites which have featured in the previous winter's programme.

Those wishing to apply for Individual or Family Membership of the Society should print and complete this form. Each Member is additionally requested to complete and return the accompanying General Data Protection Declaration Form The Society's policy on Data Protection and Privacy is stated here...