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.

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 30 March 2018 - no lunchtime lecture.
  • Friday 27 April 2018 - Romans on our Doorstep: a look at Roman Aldborough by Wendy Hyam
  • Friday 25 May 2018 - Ignatius Bonomi (1787-1870): architect by Andrew Everett

Archives at Dusk

Archives at Dusk is on Thursday 17 May 2018 from 6pm to 8.30pm at the County Record Office.

For the eighth year running the County Record Office is throwing open its doors as part of the UK’s festival for the culturally curious, Museums at Night, which aims to inspire new visitors to discover the fascinating heritage on their doorstep.

'Archives at Dusk' is a creative event and a highlight of the record office year - a light-hearted interactive evening, a rare opportunity to see behind the scenes and to discover North Yorkshires amazing historic records housed within.

This year we are looking at some of our earliest documents from the medieval and early modern periods, two of the most exciting, turbulent and transformative eras in history, and showing what they reveal about life in North Yorkshire for the nobility, religious communities and ordinary people. We’ll be looking at castles and abbeys, domestic life, music, hunting, law making, lost villages, crafts and calligraphy.

To bring the archive alive we’ll be inviting handlers from the North Yorkshire Moors Birds of Prey centre with a display of falcons commonly used for hunting in medieval times. They will expand on some amazing references found in the Richard Cholmeley’s note book, 1600, reflecting his passion for the care, training and handling of birds of prey.

The evening will provide a rare opportunity to view the Whitby Abbot’s Book. This fascinating record of the Abbey was begun in the 12th century and continued until the early 16th century. Susan Harrison from English Heritage will be here to talk about the newly planned visitor centre for Whitby Abbey to which the Abbot’s Book will be loaned for display later this year.

Medieval sheet music can survive because of its re-use in later bindings. Rare examples of this showing the development of early plainsong will be displayed and brought to life by members of the All Saints Choir, Northallerton. 

The plague was one of the biggest killers of the Middle Ages - it had a devastating effect on the population of Europe in the 14th and 15th centuries. We will see examples of early home medicine in the form of recipes for plague pomanders and remedies.

We’ll also be looking at the medieval clothier, the cloth making industry in Yorkshire and how medieval citizens dressed. A demonstration of spinning on the Great Wheel with fleece and textile tools will bring the important industry of cloth production to life. Come along and try on a medieval costume!

The skills needed to produce the many medieval documents found in the archive will be explored from the production of parchment and writing pigments to the illumination of manuscripts and creation and meaning of wax seals. We’ll be holding lessons in calligraphy and a quiz in the development of the written word.

Discover a cultural gem on your doorstep and immerse yourself in medieval history for two and a half hours...

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

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