Help to bring North Yorkshire’s greatness to light

The Made In North Yorkshire campaign will bring to life the resources held at the council’s archive.

The archives maintained by North Yorkshire’s County Record Office house almost limitless stories running through five miles of documents dating back nearly a thousand years.

We are about to bring some of those stories into the light in Made in North Yorkshire, a series of features that will highlight the greatness that is woven through the county’s history.

Two of our graduate employees, communications trainee Jessica Highfield and trainee archivist Elena Leyshon, have been delving into the archives to find the stories of the people and places that have made the county what it is today.

The first series of stories will look at Great North Yorkshire Sons and Daughters and will focus on people who were born in the county or came here and made a difference.

Elena and Jessica have researched people from across the centuries through photographs, letters, illustrations and maps to unlock their hidden narratives.

But they need the public’s help to ensure they present a true picture of the county’s great sons and daughters

Elena says: “It is quite hard to find the unsung heroes within the records we have, because to be recorded in the archive you’re likely to have reached a certain status. Most everyday people wouldn’t be recorded.”

Jessica adds: “That’s why we want local history groups and other people to give us suggestions, because they will probably know about people specific to their area and why they made a difference. They might even have documents that we don’t have.”

So if you have a story of someone who made a difference or was a local legend in your community, get in touch to share your heritage. Contact Jessica and Elena via email at madeinnorthyorkshire@northyorks.gov.uk

Great North Yorkshire Sons and Daughters will be launched at the end of this month with the story of a vicar’s daughter who travelled from rural North Yorkshire to the battlefields of France during the First World War. Look for it across the county council’s social media and website and in the next issue of NY Now.

When the series of Great North Yorkshire Sons and Daughter is complete, the public will be invited to vote for the person they believe has been the most influential.

Further series will look at towns and communities, the economy, including food and drink, culture and values, history and heritage and businesses and trades.

The project will help to bring the archives of the County Record Office to life and tell their stories to a wider audience.

Many of the wonderful resources within the County Record Office are available for use by the public.