Sept 29, 2012
"The North Riding of Yorkshire in an Age of Transition 1750 – 1820". Northallerton Forum
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July 5-7, 2013
NEEHI Conference: Flodden and its Significance 5-7th July 2013
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September 29 2012

The North Riding of Yorkshire in an Age of Transition 1750 – 1820

Northallerton and District Local History Society, are combining with the British Association for Local History to stage a conference at Northallerton Forum on Saturday, 29th September.  The title of the conference is The North Riding of Yorkshire in an Age of Transition 1750 – 1820 and the theme will be the economic and social changes of the period. This period is significant in that it is typically referred to as the Agricultural Revolution. It is also transitional from domestic manufacture to the factory system and was the springboard for later large scale industrialization, which included the birth of Middlesbrough, the ‘infant Hercules’. North Yorkshire is a particularly interesting study in that it is regarded as an archetypal rural county, yet it has experienced substantial structural change, either from exploitation of its own natural resources or from the impact of capital generated from colonial trade.

The day will start with an introduction by Professor of Geography, Robin Butlin, to the Historical Atlas of North Yorkshire. This definitive work was published in 2003 to widespread acclaim and has been used as a basic reference in formulating the conference. It will be followed by papers on the changing status of the market towns of Northallerton and Richmond, respectively presented by Local Historians’ Jennifer Allison and Jane Hatcher. The period is characterized by widespread innovation and BALH Council member, Win Stokes, will discuss the famous agricultural tour conducted by John Tuke and the commentaries of other writers of the period. The morning will conclude with a presentation by Visiting Research Fellow, George Sheeran, using the famous etchings of George Walker to illustrate a period of rapid social change.

The afternoon will be concerned with established manufacturing, commencing with an introduction by Industrial Archaeologist, John Harrison, to the staple domestic industry since land was first cultivated of corn milling. This will be followed by retired Adult Education Lecturer, Barry Harrison, tracing the history of linen manufacture and its contribution to the development of the area.  Mike Gill, Recorder of the Northern Mine Research Society follows with a wide ranging discourse on the extractive industries across the county and David Pybus, Local Historian, concludes with a single industry paper on the rise and fall of the alum industry. Professor of Social History, Malcolm Chase, will sum up the day with an appraisal of social issues.

Further details can be obtained from the NDLHS website: or from the    NDLHS Secretary, John Sheehan, by email: or by telephoning 01609 771878. To complete the proceedings a Country House visit has been arranged for the Sunday; this will take place at Swinton Castle and will include further papers on the period.

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July 5-7, 2013

NEEHI Conference, Flodden and its Significance

The North East of England Historical Institute (NEEHI) is to hold a conference on ‘Flodden and Its Significance’ on 5-7 July 2013, two months before the quincentenary of the Batttle of Flodden. The conference will be residential and will be based at the University of Northumbria. There will be series of lectures on the background to James IV’s invasion of England, the English response, the battle itself and the consequences for Scotland and England.  The conference fee will be announced in the near future. Speakers will include:Steve Gunn (Merton College, Oxford), Steve Boardman (Edinburgh University), Tony Goodman (Edinburgh University), David Starkey (a major authority on Tudor England), David Grummitt (Kent University), Tony Pollard (Glasgow University), George Goodwin (author of forthcoming book on Flodden), Jenny Wormald (Edinburgh University), and Steve Ellis (Galway University). On the Saturday (6th July)  conference members will be taken by bus to Lady Waterford Hall at Ford and, after lectures at the hall, there will be  a visit to the battlefield.

For more information visit Northumbria University's Battle of Flodden Page.

University of Northumbria Campus

Friday 5th July

12.30 onwards:. Registration and light lunch

1.45. Welcome

2.0 England in 1513. Steve Gunn (Merton College, Oxford University)  ‘England in 1513’

3.00. Steve Boardman (Edinburgh University),  ’Scotland in 1513’


4.30 Tony Goodman  (Edinburgh Uiversirty ‘The Borders’)

5.45  David Starkey. Title to be announced

7.0  Bar opens

7.30 Dinner

Saturday 6th July

9.0  Transfer to  Lady Waterford Hall, Ford

10.30 David Grummitt (Kent University‘The armies’


11.45  Tony Pollard (Glasgow University), ‘The Battle’

1.15 Lunch

2.15 Field visit to battlefield at Branxton

Return to Newcastle

6.0 Bar opens

7.30 Dinner

After dinner. George Goodwin (author of a forthcoming study of Flodden)  Illustrated lecture by George Goodwin.

Sunday 7th July

9.0. Jenny Wormald  (Edinburgh University) ‘The Aftermath. The impact on Scotland’

10.30 Steve Ellis (Galway University) ‘The impact on the north of England’

11.30 Concluding remarks