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Helmsley Scrapbook Exhibition
Helmsley's History from 1930s to 2015
September 29th 2018, 10.00 - 16.00
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.
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...