FoMM Talk, Dr Melanie Giles on “Bog Bodies”

ONLINE, 21 April – PLEASE BOOK BY 14 April!

Friends of Malton Museum present “BOG BODIES”, an online illustrated talk by Dr Melanie Giles

Wednesday 21ST April at 7.30 pm. All welcome

Many in Slingsby will have heard Mel’s entertaining talks on a variety of topics.

Bog Bodies: face-to-face with the past’
In this lecture, Dr Melanie Giles will explore the iconic phenomenon of well-preserved human ‘mummies’ from the peat bogs of north-western Europe. She will explore how our changing relationship with these wetland environments has shaped the reception of these remains, examining the different techniques through which they have been conserved and curated. She will compare different explanations for their often violent deaths before discussing the ‘cold case’ of Worsley man: Manchester Museum’s own ‘bog head’ and the new research which tells a rather different story of his death in the context of the Roman conquest of the north. Finally, she will discuss issues around their exhibition, display and continuing hold upon our imagination, arguing they have to power to both appal yet impel us to form new relationships with the bog itself.

For your link to join the lecture, please email

[email protected]

Please do this by 14th April.

Great North Yorkshire Sons and Daughters – choose your favourite

With the help of Slingsby Local History Group, the story of Ursula Lascelles (picture) in the First World War was the first to be released online by the County Archives in February 2020. The stories of another nine fascinating North Yorkshire characters have since been revealed. Now you have the opportunity to help decide who is the greatest of them all.

A message from the County archivists running the project:

Over the past year, with the help of members of the public and local history groups and institutions, we have explored the lives of ten important, but widely unknown people from across our county. The Great North Yorkshire Sons and Daughters series has now come to an end, and we are asking you to vote for who you feel is the Greatest North Yorkshire Son or Daughter.

You can vote for your favourite Great North Yorkshire Son or Daughter by commenting or reacting to your favourite nominee on the county council or North Yorkshire County Record Office’s social media channels. (Find the county council’s social media channels @northyorkscc and the Record Office’s Instagram page @north_yorkshire_archive and Twitter page @nyccarchives). You can also vote by filling in our short survey to provide us with some feedback and ideas about what you would like to see from Made in North Yorkshire in the future. By filling in our survey you can also enter a prize draw for the chance to win a £30 voucher for the Record Office’s online shop! The competition closes on Wednesday 31st March 2021, and the prize-winner will be announced shortly afterwards. Fill in our survey HERE:

You can find out more about the project and competition on the County Record Office’s website:

Any questions about the project or competition can be emailed to [email protected]

The Slingsby village website’s post of February 2020 has more.