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 to members of the Cleveland FHS & £2 for visitors who are warmly welcome at all meetings
27 March 2019, 2pm at Fremington Val Slater - The Walls clan of Coverdale – from The Foresters’ Arms to The Somme Val uses 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, will the five Walls brothers make it through The Great War?
24 April 2019, 2pm at Harmby (including the AGM) Penelope Hemingway and David Hunt – The Women’s Land Army in Yorkshire Penelope works at the Yorkshire Museum of Farming near York, which holds a large collection of documents relating to the Land Army. The speakers will bring along items from the museum and explain what documents they have in their archives. Please bring along any photographs of land girls and lumber jills from your family collections.
After the talk we will break for refreshments and will then reconvene for a short AGM. Everyone is welcome to stay for this but only current members of the Cleveland FHS may vote or stand for office.
22 May 2019, 2pm at Fremington Carol Dougherty – Barnard Castle Market Place, the stories behind the shops Carol has had a lifelong interest in local history and archaeology and created the 'historic town trail' guided walk for Barnard Castle.
26 June 2019, 2pm at Harmby Sylvia Valentine - The story of the Dawson Orphans How to think laterally and use a wide variety of sources in researching.
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.