Old Vicarage

Gardeners Arms

St. John's Church

Richard III in York

Wednesday February 5th 2020

In his talk, John Oxley, City Archaeologist for York, examines the relationship between the City of York and Richard III. The talk will look at the events and route taken by Richard III when he visited York in August 1483. The talk will look at the places Richard would have been familiar with in York. John will discuss the importance of Richard’s actions in York during his visit in 1483. He will conclude with a personal reflection on the debate about the reburial of the remains of Richard III in 2005.

As York Council’s City Archaeologist, John Oxley has been uncovering York’s past for 21 years. He is skilled in Archaeology and Conservation of complex heritage sites and monuments.



Romans on our Doorstep

Wednesday March 4th 2020

Today Aldborough, half a mile from Boroughbridge and near the A1, is a tranquil village; but 2000 years ago Aldborough, or to give it its Roman name Isurium Brigantum was a bustling “Civitas capital” or administrative centre of Nothern Brittania.

Some of the site is under the guadianship of English Heritage, but most of it belongs to the Lawson-Trancred family who conducted excavations in Victorian times. Cambridge University have recently been carrying out archaeological surveys and have discovered the extent of the Roman town in amazing detail.

Wendy Hyam is an historian with a considerable and wide-based knowledge particularly of the Classical and Medieval periods. She has a passionate and enthusiastic interest in Aldburgh, where she has lived until recently, and the site of Isurium Brigantum .

She has had first hand experience in geo-physical survey techniques and archaeological methodology, working, since 2015 alongside the Cambridge University team on their Aldborough Roman Town Project, and has undertaken two part time courses in Archaeology with Exeter University.

She is a professionally trained cartographer, specialising in aerial photographic interpretation.

The Friends of Roman Aldborough was formed in 2010 to promote and enhance this unique site and Wendy has been a member since 2015, serving first on the Committee member and then, when the Friends achieved Charity status, as a Trustee.

She has also had significant experience as a Primary Headteacher of three schools in Yorkshire. Wendy is able to use the skills from these careers in her illustrated talks and site visits, which are her speciality.



Graffiti in a Medieval Church

Wednesday April 1st 2020

Joyce Slater is a retired Human Resources Manager for Grantham Council. Her talk is on how she went about looking for and finding graffiti in a Medieval Church.

Joyce is the niece of George Thrower and after he talked to her about Bilton Historical Society and our need for speakers on interesting subjects. She suggested this talk. She lives with her husband David in Bottesford, Nottinghamshire, and they live in a converted old railway Station Master’s House. We are very grateful to Joyce for agreeing to come all the way from Nottinghamshire and thanks to George for asking her.