Record office projects and events

We hold regular events and work with local groups throughout North Yorkshire to develop community heritage projects and learning activities.

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.

  • Friday 26 October 2018 - Raikes Road Burial Ground: the story of a forgotten cemetery by Jean Robinson
  • Friday 30 November 2018 - The Yorkshire Historic Dictionary Project by Alexandra Medcalf
  • Friday 25 January 2019 - Haya Park, Knaresborough: from deer park to private estate by Jennifer Deadman
  • Friday 22 February 2019 - The Richmond Diary: a window onto Georgian Yorkshire by Jane Hatcher and Bob Woodings


Heritage projects are a great way for communities to come together to learn about their past, to take part in fun and inspiring activities, to share their experience and knowledge and to develop new skills.

If you would like to discuss setting up a community heritage project then please contact us. We can offer digitisation and conservation services, meeting space, advice on sources of funding and more.

We publish occasional newsletters. You can download  our spring 2017 newsletter here (pdf / 2 MB) and  our autumn 2016 newsletter here (pdf / 2 MB).

Volunteer at the record office

Attics and Acres

'Attics and Acres' focuses on the archive of the Graham family of Norton Conyers and is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Friends of the National Libraries and Northallerton and District Local History Society. With the help of volunteers, our project archivist is working to make the archive accessible to all by developing an online catalogue and holding a series of talks, exhibitions and workshops. You can follow progress via the project blog here.

Home Comforts

The Heritage Lottery Funded 'Home Comforts' researched the history of the 32 Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospitals set up across the North Riding during the First World War. Up to 1,500 beds for the care of wounded soldiers returning from the front were provided in buildings as diverse as town hall, stately homes and workhouses, with local women taking the lead in organising this provision. Project volunteers researched and wrote a 212 page, fully illustrated book telling the story of each of the hospitals and a programme of talks, exhibitions and activities reached over 4,000 people. The project was long-listed for the 2015 National Lottery Awards. You can read more about the project here at the Heritage Lottery Fund page.

Grounds for Appeal

In April 2016 the County Record Office was delighted to be awarded £8,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to make the North Riding Military Tribunal Papers 1916 –1918 widely available.

We hold nearly 6000 appeal papers of men who wished to defer their military service or who conscientiously objected to it. In 1921 the Board of Health issued instructions that all tribunal records be destroyed. There were two exceptions to this, Middlesex and Lothian and Peebles appeal records. These were retained as a benchmark for possible future use. By an oversight the North Riding Tribunal papers have survived.

You can read more at the following places:

Trawling through Time

For nearly 100 years Cochrane’s shipyard was a vital part of life in Selby. Opened by the then Beverley-based Andrew Cochrane, Cochrane and Sons became one of the most significant employers in the Selby region. In many cases, working at Cochrane shipyard was something that ran in the family, with generation after generation working at the yard. When the yard closed in 1993, not only did it result in the loss of hundreds of jobs, but it signalled the end of the shipbuilding tradition in Selby, a tradition which was first recorded in the 15th century. 

The company archive represents one of the most important pieces of evidence for the history of Selby. The North Yorkshire County Record Office was awarded a grant of £48,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to work on our project ‘Trawling Through Time’ which aimed to make this fascinating collection accessible to everyone.

You can view more images from the project on our Flickr album.