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.

Richard III: man, monarch, music

Thursday 5 October 2017 at 2pm

A generous-minded leader; a superb military strategist; or an opportunistic villain: all these interpretations, and more, may be brought to bear on Richard III, one of the most controversial monarchs in history.

In 2015 the English Music Festival commissioned four new works from some of the UK’s foremost composers which used as their inspiration the life and historical perspectives of Richard III. The works were recorded and filmed in the church of St Mary and St Akelda, Middleham, where Richard himself worshipped whilst at Middleham Castle.

This talk, given by Em Marshall-Luck, the founder-director of the English Music Festival, and the violinist Rupert Marshall-Luck, who gave the first performances of the works, tells the story of the project from its conception to the finished film.

There will also be an exhibition of historic documents relating to Richard III and Middleham.

Admission to this event is £2, which includes light refreshments. Booking is essential, please call 01609 777585 or email to book your place. 

The Big Draw 2017: Living Lines

Saturday 7 October 2017
Morning workshop: 10.30am to 12.30pm
Afternoon workshop: 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Join us for a drawing and animation workshop taking inspiration from pedigrees and heraldry held in the record office. Create your family tree, design a shield and bring them to life through drawn animation. 

Our archivist will guide you in how to represent your family tree. Examples of pedigrees and heraldic imagery covering centuries will be on show to inspire you. 

Bring your hand drawn living lines to life by animating them into a GIF and create a flick book animation of your personal shield design. 

Please bring names of three generations to create your family tree.

This is a free event and booking is essential. Please call 01609 777585 or email to book your place. Materials and light refreshments are included. All ages and abilities welcome!

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