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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:

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:

  • 29 April 2016 - Westerdale: the origins and development of a medieval settlement by Carol Wilson;
  • 27 May 2016 - Death comes to Eelmire by Barbara Dixon;
  • 1 July 2016 - Body snatching in the North of England 1740-1832 by Suzie Lennox;
  • August - no lunchtime lecture; and
  • 30 September 2016 - The archive of the Graham family of Norton Conyers by Maxine Willett.


Archives at Dusk, Thursday 12 May 2016 - 6pm to 8.30pm


For the sixth year running the county record office is hosting an open evening as part of the national Museums at Night festival which aims to inspire new visitors to discover the fascinating heritage on their doorstep.

'Archives at Dusk' is a light-hearted interactive evening exploring behind the scenes at the record office. This year we'll be looking at North Yorkshire's historic homes and gardens, large and small. Explore the history behind some of the county's finest homes, discover lost houses, experience life below stairs, meet the gardeners from Helmsley and Rounton walled gardens, with plants for sale, and the flying man servant! Find out what life was like for the homeless in Victorian North Yorkshire and how the county met the challenge of the post-war housing crisis.

Try your hand at interior decoration with Steven Oxley, master craftsman. Steven will be giving a 20 minute talk at 6pm introducing the history, application and future of woodgraining and marbling, open to all. Following this, he will lead two workshops in the art of woodgraining and marbling. This part of the evening is a pre-booked activity for which places are limited. Please ring 01609 777585 to book.

Admission is free, and includes light refreshments. Other than for the workshop, booking is not necessary and free parking is available on site and nearby.

This page was last updated on 20 April 2016