Meetings are held on Wednesdays from September to June, usually alternating between Fremington Sunday School, DL11 6AR just outside Reeth in Swaledale and Harmby Village Hall, DL8 5PG near Leyburn in Wensleydale. An annual social evening is held in July. Entry is free and visitors are warmly welcome at all meetings
26 June 2019, 2pm at Harmby Sylvia Valentine - The story of the Dawson Orphans Starting with a copy of letter discovered in the Keighley Workhouse correspondence book Sylvia came across whilst studying for her master’s degree, out of curiosity she set out to research the story of the five Dawson orphans, something she has been continuing to do since 2013. Come on a journey which explores how a small snippet of information grew to become a fascinating family story. Sylvia used a myriad of both online and archival resources to tell their stories and demonstrates how lateral thinking can enrich family history .
25 September, 2pm at Harmby Anna Greenwood – Oral History – Our Lives Anna Greenwood gathers stories, images and the spoken word predominantly in the Yorkshire dales, and further afield as her travels take her. Traditional tales, stories and rural crafts, mainly among farming communities in rural parts of Yorkshire and the Dales. Tales from the older generation, recording a slower way of life that is rapidly disappearing.
23 October, 2pm at Fremington Anthony Atkinson – Ada Lovelace and her family The daughter of a disastrous marriage between Anna Milbanke of Seaham Hall and the poet Lord Byron, Ada became a highly competent mathematician, forming a close association with Charles Babbage, “father of the computer”; mother to Lady Anne Blunt, traveller and founder of an Arabian horse stud.
22 May 2019 Carol Dougherty – Barnard Castle Market Place, the stories behind the shops
24 April 2019 Penelope Hemingway and David Hunt – The Women’s Land Army in Yorkshire
27 March 2019 Val Slater - The Walls clan of Coverdale – from The Foresters’ Arms to The Somme Val used a wide variety of sources to trace her family through good times and bad; from a background of peaceful village inn-keeping in the 19th century to the Great War and beyond.
27 February 2019 A discussion meeting “Meet the ancestors” Was your ancestor a butcher, baker or candlestick maker?
28 November 2018 People of the Parish A teaching session on what we can learn from parish registers
24 October 2018 Jennifer Deadman - Farm Buildings of the Heart of Teesdale. Jennifer, a historic building surveyor, spoke about several of the farmsteads which she recorded with a volunteer historic buildings survey group, training them not only to record the fabric of the buildings but also, through documentary research, to place them in their landscape setting and in their local historic context. 26 September 2018 David Turner - Quakers, radicals and mill owners Researching the Baynes family of Sedbergh, Middleham and Skipton.
25 July 2018 An afternoon visit to Rokeby Park near Barnard Castle
27 June 2018 Gill Parkes - And the bride wore…
23 May 2018 Peter Higginbotham - No Place Like Home
25 April 2018 Janet Ratcliffe and Sue Thorne - Cakes and Creativity, Life in a Rural Rectory.
28 March 2018 Anthony Wood - Sir Thomas Robinson, gentleman of Fashion
22 November 2017 Dr David Severs - Wensleydale Clockmakers and their clocks. David began to research historic clock making in the dales after discovering the craft in his own family tree and has recently been involved in an exhibition of more than 60 grandfather clocks, wall and table clocks, watches and barometers at Tennants Garden Rooms in Leyburn.
25th October 2017 Dr Graham Rogers - Getting through the Daily Grind. Family Life and Rural Economy in 19th Century Yorkshire
27 September 2017 David Scrimgeour - Early Asylum Life. Social historian David Scrimgeour looked at the lives of some of those who passed through the doors of - the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum in Wakefield during the first 50 years of its existence, telling their stories in their own words.