Jane Lunnon giving a lecture in our Swadford Street Centre base


(Affiliated to the Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society)

2022-2023 Programme of Talks


All talks this season will be on the basis of open attendance, including non-members. The annual membership subscription fee is held at £10 and £3 per talk for non-members. All talks are held at the Swadford Street Centre, Skipton, on Thursday evenings at 7.30 p.m.


13th October – Melinda Elder

Subject: The Slave Trade and its Impact on Northern England

27th October – Robin Longbottom

Subject: Mill Trips – rail and charabanc excursions from the end of the Crimean War until WW2

10th November – Ian Adams

Subject: The Death and Re-birth of the English Country House

24th November – Tony Burkitt

Subject: The Rise of the English Medieval Cathedrals (*change to original published talk)

8th December – Syd Matthews

Subject: The American Constitution


12th January – Graham Nolan

Subject: The Rise and Fall of the Chartist Movement  ** now to be held at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church Meeting Room, Castle View Terrace, Skipton, BD23 1NY

26th January – Dr Alison Harrop

Subject: Who was Lady Mortimer and why did she become a prisoner in Skipton Castle? *** Now to be held at the Soroptimists Rooms, Otley Street, Skipton, restricted to Members only

9th February – Peter Bewes

Subject: The Changing Scene at Skipton’s Railway Station ****To be held at the Swadford Street Centre, as originally published

23rd February – Eric Jackson JP

Subject: Model Villages and the Rise of the Philanthropic Movement

9th March – David Turner

Subject: A Navvy’s life for me: The Barden Reservoirs and the people who built them

23rd March – Dr David Johnson

Subject: Lime kilns: the where, when and what for.

13th April – Dr Kenneth Jackson

Subject: Beautiful Zion: Chapel Life in Skipton before the Second World War

27th April – AGM and Social Evening



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