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Lecture Programme

Lectures will also be live-streamed over zoom (subject to agreement).

The zoom link will be sent to members and shared in social channels nearer the time - contact us if you'd like to be notified.

Recordings of these lectures, where available, can be viewed on our YouTube channel

2023/24 Season :

Wednesday 11th October: John Oxley

York’s World Heritage Bid: update and background information


Wednesday 8th November: John Shaw

Hugh Murray's Photographs and Photographers


Wednesday 10th January: Anna Cook, YAYAS Archivist

1954 Twelfth Night Quiz - echoes of Florence E Wright


Wednesday 14th February : Susan Major, Clements Hall Local History Group

The story of the scoria brick in York's back alleys: a Victorian recycling success

Wednesday 13th March : Ian Tempest

Combs, Cobblers, Chicory - work in 1840's York

*Change to original Programme*

Wednesday 10th April : Jonathan French 

Preservation of York's Parish Churches

Wednesday 8th May : Helen Whittaker MA FMGP, Barley Studio, York 

Commemorative Stained Glass: inspirations and insights.


Wednesday 12th June : AGM 

Following the AGM there will be a talk by John Shaw, Chair of YAYAS:

 Introduction with slides to Hugh and Jill Murray's collection of historic York images.

Getting There


All lectures are held in the Friends' Meeting House, Friargate, York. 

Lectures begin at 7.30pm although we happily provide the opportunity to enjoy refreshments and a chat from 6.45pm in the Meeting House foyer (limited seating available).

The Meeting House is accessible for wheelchair users and has a hearing loop in place. Please contact us regarding your needs if you have any access concerns as we are keen to be an accessible and disability-friendly group.


  • Parking - Castle car park 200m flat walk.

  • Bus - Clifford St/Friargate junction stop; bus numbers 4 and 7.

  • Train - York Railway Station 1km walk.

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