2017 Open Meeting Programme

 All open meetings are held in

Bishopthorpe Methodist Church Hall at 7.30pm.


The Methodist Church Hall is situated at the junction of Main Street and Sim Balk Lane.  There is no car park, but on-road parking on the surrounding streets is available.

All meetings are free to members of Bishopthorpe Local History Group.  Non – members are very welcome at a charge of £3.50 per meeting.  This includes light refreshments.


Tuesday, 7 February

The History of Askham Bog

An illustrated talk by Alastair Fitter of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.


Tuesday, 14 March

The Million Go Forth

An illustrated talk on early railway travel by Susan Major.


Tuesday, 16 May

Preserving a Medieval Masterpiece: The Great East Window of York Minster

An illustrated talk by Sarah Brown, Director of York Glaziers Trust.


Tuesday, 11 July

The History of York Cemetery

A talk by Clive Dawson, Chairman of the Friends of York Cemetery.


Tuesday, 12 September

The History of Elvington Airfield and the French Bomber Squadron’s connection in WW2

A talk by Ian Richardson, Communications Manager, Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington.


Tuesday, 17 October

Viking Age York

An illustrated talk by Kaeli Wishart, who took part in the Coppergate Dig.


If you would like further information about the programme, please contact Susannah Smith on 01904 632682

or Email: historygroup@bishopthorpe.net