Bedale Archaeology & History Society

Bedale Archaeology and History Society, Bedale


BAHS is an active archaeology and history society, founded in 1999, covering Bedale and the surrounding area. We have a varied programme of talks usually held at 7.30 pm on the first Tuesday in the month in Bedale Hall. Our speakers include professional archaeologists and historians and experienced amateurs. We organize visits to local places of archaeological and historical interest. We also carry out research into topics of mainly local and regional interest, with site visits and many opportunities for fieldwork. We have links with similar groups in the region, giving members even more opportunity for involvement. We welcome everybody interested in archaeology and history, irrespective of their level of knowledge and experience.

The annual subscription is £12 per adult (schoolchildren and full-time students free) and is due in January. Non-members are very welcome to attend meetings and trips for a charge of £2 (schoolchildren and full-time students free).

All talks take place in Bedale Hall on Tuesdays and start at 7.30 pm.


Our programme for the rest of 2019 is as follows:

1 Oct.  Dead Men Do Tell Tales:  death and burial in the archaeological record  John Buglass BSc MA MIfA, consultant archaeologist

5 Nov.  Mortal Remains:  Photographing the Towton Battlefield skeletons  Eric Houlder LRPS MIfL etc.

3 Dec.  Romans on your Doorstep  Wendy Hyam, Friends of Roman Aldborough


Programme 2020

14 Jan.  AGM + The Examination and Trouble of Thomas Parkinson  Lauren Goodall BA

4 Feb.  Recent work at Fountains  Mark Newman MA MCIfA FSA, Archaeological Consultant

3 Mar.  Conflict Casualties:  the archaeological recovery of bodies from conflict zones  Dr Dave Errickson ACSFS FHEA, Lecturer in Archaeology/Anthropology, Cranfield Forensic Institute  Dave’s talk will cover some WWII sites, some slave ships in the UK (and digging for Britain), the Indian Mutiny of 1857 and perhaps the Spanish Civil War.

7 Apr.  Lead, Leats, Mines and Mills – Lead and Coal Mining in Upper Wharfedale  William Varley, Upper Wharfedale Heritage Group

5 May  The Steel Remains:  Recent research on the artefacts from the Bombardment of the Hartlepools  Mark Simmons MPhil, Curator (Museum Development), Hartlepool Borough Council

2 June  LiDAR – Archaeological Advances in the North York Moors National Park  Graham Lee, Archaeological Officer, North York Moors National Park

7 July (evening)  Guided walk:  The Black Path – Industrial Archaeology between Middlesbrough and South Bank  Michael Thompson, River Tees Rediscovered Landscape

1 Sep.  4th Percival Turnbull Memorial Lecture – Roman Bedfordshire:  Imperial estate or back of beyond?  David Ingham FSA MCIfA

7 Oct.  Women of the ‘45  Michael Thompson, Teesside Archaeological Society

3 Nov.  Representation of the Mesolithic as a male hunters’ paradise?  I think not.  Let's redress the balance!  Dr Donald Henson FSA, MCIfA, Associate Lecturer in Archaeology, University of York

1 Dec.  The Pontefract Murder  Eric Jackson, Pontefract & District Family History Society

All talks take place in Bedale Hall on Tuesdays and start at 7.30 pm.

April visit to Aldborough Roman town, Tues, Thurs or Fri afternoon TBA




    This service covers the following area(s):

  • Harrogate
  • Ripon
  • Catterick Garrison
  • Northallerton
  • Knaresborough

Some services may only be suitable to a specific age range or to those who meet specific criteria. The following eligibility criteria applies to this service:


  • All ages


  • No restrictions apply

The following facilities and adaptations are available:

  • Secretary
  • Bedale Archaeology and History Society
    Bedale Hall
    DL8 1AA
  • Email

Last updated: 16/09/2019