The National Newspaper Collection at Boston Spa is a real Treasure Trove for Local and Family Historians and is free to use on-site at Boston Spa. But the collections are also available to view on-line at Find My Past Recently I investigated the history of Wetherby using the local newspapers in Find My Past [...]

Robin Hood and the Huntington Connection

The tale of Robin Hood never fails to intrigue and the historical puzzle is a knotty one. There have been many attempts to unravel the conundrum and identify a person who could be  THE Robin Hood. There are some very good overviews of the legend, for instance, the University of Rochester’s exhibition Robin Hood: Development of a Popular Hero [...]

The WR Mitchell Archive

8th September 2013

The WR Mitchell Archive

I had the great pleasure of re-visiting the WR Mitchell Archive this week, in its homeland of Settle, North Yorkshire, sharing a selection of the digitised recordings with members of the local community. The WR Mitchell Archive was collected by Bill Mitchell, formerly editor of the The Dalesman magazine, as he travelled up hill and down [...]

Representing the Past: York’s Guildhall

  An interesting discussion took place the other week in one of my Day Schools at York University  “Building the Guildhall”. The discussion focused on the Guildhall’s East Window, which depicts 10 individuals  selected to illustrate the history of the city of York, and why these particular people, or “Worthies of York” were chosen. The Guildhall in York was extensively damaged [...]

Welcome to my Blog

26th March 2012

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