Click above for a short video of part of the 2011 Local History Weekend.
Details of the 2012 and 2011 Local History Weekends are HERE
Local History Group MEMBERS! Planning information is HERE
MONTHLY LOCAL HISTORY MEETINGS
[for schedule see further below]
The group usually meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall Committee room. Meetings are open to all, and those attending are asked to contribute £1 to cover the cost of hall hire.
Local History Group meetings will be a mixture of working meetings, comparing and presenting work that the Group is aiming to carry out, and more formal talks.
We held a very successful Local History Day on Saturday 9 March 2013 on the subject of “Shops and other non-farming businesses in Slingsby”. Many thanks to all who researched, helped and provided the exhibits for that event.
Next we propose to examine the subject of “Slingsby in wartime”, culminating in a major event on this in 2014, the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. The Group’s work will cover a wider war and battle theme, bearing in mind that the Slingsby Castle site dates from medieval times through to the Civil War, and the village felt the effects of war in both the 19th and 20th Centuries.
Tuesday 16th April – We heard an edited verson of the recording of residents’ memories (made in the Grapes in December) about Slingsby during the Second World War. We also discussed forthcoming research.
Forthcoming meeting dates in 2013
Tuesday 21st May
Tuesday 18th June
Tuesday 16th July
Over the year we also aim to try and cover the history of different areas of the village and key buildings, and also do some physical survey work. We have made a start byconcentrating on the south west corner of the village, with Chris Churches and Martin Holt presenting what they know about their property, and we hope to take in others in the area of the Malton / Helmsley Road, such as Slingsby Heights and Croft House. Photographs or information about this area including the top of High Street ( or indeed any area of the village) are most welcome.
To be kept informed of meetings, watch this space. If you have ideas or suggestions for future meetings or research, please e-mail Margaret Mackinder on [email protected] or ring 01653 628303
DEVELOPMENT OF A LOCAL HISTORY CENTRE
[POSTED MARCH 2011] There has been a church on the site of All Saints Parish Church close to Slingsby castle for at least a thousand years. The present church contains medieval remains and monuments from earlier buildings and is itself a monument to the rich history of Slingsby. English Heritage is encouraging churches all over the country to embrace other activities in order to justify their continued existence, now that church membership is so small. Keeping them open just for worship alone is not affordable or justifiable.
Both local people and the many visitors to the village want to know more about the castle and other local features, so it is aimed to create an exhibition area for both permanent and temporary exhibitions. This would involve minimal change inside the building, which can still continue to be used for worship and for other purposes. The exhibitions would involve local history, information about the Castle and all other aspects of village life, such as wildlife, social history, archaeology, trees, arts and crafts.