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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

Talks are held at the County Record Office on the last Friday of most months. The 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.

30 January 2015 - Home Comforts: the role of Red Cross auxiliary hospitals in the North Riding of Yorkshire 1914-1919 by Anne Wall and Eileen Brereton.

27 February 2015 - Using the North Riding Register of Deeds to examine women's involvement with land and property in the 18th and 19th centuries by Dr Joan Heggie, Teesside University.

Local and family history fair - 14 March 2015

We will be hosting another of our popular local and family history days at The Pavilions of Harrogate, on the Great Yorkshire Show Ground, on Saturday 14 March 2015.

Anyone who is interested in local or family history is encouraged to come along. Entry costs just £2, and entitles the ticket holder to half price entry to the antiquarian book fair taking place at The Pavilions on the same day.

Between 10am and 4pm visitors can browse a mixture of displays mounted by societies drawn from the whole of North Yorkshire and beyond, and trade stands offering a range of goods for sale.

An exciting programme of four, one-hour talks is planned throughout the day:

  • 10.15am - 11am: 'Matters of scale: conservation and preservation at the record office and home' by Rachel Greenwood, conservator, North Yorkshire County Record Office;
  • 11.15am - 12 noon: 'Bodysnatching: Northern England 1740-1832' by Suzie Lennox, archivist and researcher;
  • 12.15pm - 1pm: 'Wills at the Borthwick' by Gary Brannan, access archivist, Borthwick Institute for Archives; and
  • 2.15pm - 3pm: 'Small clues to big histories: the work of an archaeological consultant for the National Trust' by Mark Newman, archaeological consultant, National Trust.

The talks cost £3 each, and can be booked in advance: all four can be purchased for the special price of £10. To book a talk, visit our e-shop, telephone 01609 777585 or email

Car parking is free at The Pavilions of Harrogate. For those using public transport, a free of charge shuttle bus provided by the book fair will travel from Station Parade (near to the entrances to the train and bus stations) to and from The Pavilions throughout the day.

This page was last updated on 2 February 2015