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Events at the record office

Find out all the latest news from the county record office, including details of forthcoming talks, workshops, events and exhibitions.

This page is updated regularly so please return to check for new activities and events. The latest news and events are:

Archives at dusk


Thursday 18 May, 6pm to 8.30pm


For the seventh year running the record office is throwing open its doors as part of the national Museums at Night festival.

Archives at dusk is a creative and light-hearted interactive evening offering a rare opportunity to see behind the scenes and discover North Yorkshire's amazing historic records housed within.

This year we'll be showcasing the lives of the many varied Yorkshire folk whose personal histories, whether great or small, are held in the archives. From artists to alum miners, coastguards to conscripts, there will be someone of interest to everyone.

To bring the archive alive we've invited friends from the Richmond Georgian Theatre who will be telling the story of Samuel Butler, impresario and founder of theatres throughout the North. Scarborough Museums will be recreating the Scarborough Pageant of 1912 through an exhibition, replica costumes and life size cut-outs.

There will be an opportunity to try your hand at self-portraiture with local artist Wendi New, snap a silhouette selfie or slip back in time and be transported into a historic photograph.

Admission is free and includes light refreshments. Booking is not necessary and free parking is available on site and nearby.

Manorial records for local and family history


Saturday 1 July, 10am to 3.30pm


Have you ever thought about using manorial archives in your family or local history research but been unsure where to start?

Using manorial records can be extremely rewarding. They can help us to build up a picture of the village life of our ancestors and many are name-rich enabling us to trace the earliest generations of a family tree before the parish registers begin. But they can also be daunting. Our manorial records study day will focus on the post-medieval period and will help to give you the confidence to tackle these fascinating records. Aimed at beginners, and led by experienced tutors, the day will set the manor in context, look at the different types of manorial records and where they can be found and show how they can be interpreted and used in local and family history.

This event costs £12 and booking is essential. Tea and coffee will be provided; please bring your own lunch.

Lunchtime lectures


Our lunchtime lecture talks begin at 12.30pm and last for around 45 minutes with time for questions afterwards. Admission is £2, which includes light refreshments. Advance booking is not necessary.

Future lectures are:

  • Friday 26 May - 'Transporting the alum' by Peter Appleton.

There will be no talks in June, July or August. The programme will recommence in September with:

  • Friday 29 September - 'The railway that never was' by Keith Sweetmore.



This page was last updated on 8 May 2017