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Heritage Open Days 2011

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Heritage Open Days 2011 will be 8-11 September

Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s architecture and culture by allowing visitors free access to interesting properties that are either not usually open, or would normally charge an entrance fee. Heritage Open Days also includes tours, events and activities that focus on local architecture and culture.

Organised by volunteers - usually property owners or managers - for local people, Heritage Open Days is England’s biggest and most popular voluntary cultural event. Last year the event attracted around 1 million visitors. English Heritage gives central co-ordination and a national voice to the event.

Heritage Open Days provides visitors with a unique opportunity to explore and enjoy these sometimes hidden, often curious and always interesting places in English cities, towns and villages - and completely free of charge.

Civic society members, property owners, estate managers, visitors, conservation officers, company directors, parishioners, tourism managers, education officers - people from all walks of life who care about and take pride in the environment they live in make Heritage Open Days happen. We would like to bring people and places together, encourage you and thousands of others to explore the buildings on your doorstep and to become an active member of the community.

Follies, contemporary buildings, churches, factories, tunnels, temples, offices, private homes, industrial sites, castles, windmills, town halls - guided walks, concerts, re-enactment, trails, role-plays, children’s activities - the variety of places and ways to discover them are endless.

Heritage Open Days was established in 1994 as England’s contribution to European Heritage Days, in which 49 countries now participate. In the UK, four other schemes open up places in September: Open House London, Doors Open Days in Scotland, Open Doors Days in Wales and European Heritage Days in Northern Ireland.

Follow the links for all Heritage Open Days in each part of Yorkshire

Redcar/Cleveland/Middlesbrough/TeesNorth Yorkshire

See below for those we know have an archaeological element.

Publicity poster and leaflet for eastern Yorkshire are attached.

Gipton Wood Archaeological Walk

posted 23 Aug 2011, 07:28 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 23 Aug 2011, 07:30 ]

Thursday 8th September: 1600-1700

Gipton Wood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2RS

Guided archaeological walk to see Sam Earthworks (Late Bronze Age). The tour takes place on uneven ground (please wear stout shoes). Meet at Gipton Wood Rd entrance to Gipton wood. Approx 1 hr.

Located 3 miles from Leeds Centre. Grid Reference: SM31496

BUS - 12/ 13/ 13/ X98 or 99 stop nearby (Roundhay Road entrance).

PDA - Access via Oakwood Boundary Road and Gipton Wood Road entrances.

Luxury in the Medieval Town? The Rich and the Poor in Hull from 1300-1700

posted 23 Aug 2011, 07:25 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 23 Aug 2011, 07:26 ]

Thursday 8th September: 1000-1100
In this talk, Dave Evans, Archaeology Manager at Hull City Council, examines the evidence for different lifestyles and wealth distribution in Hull as it developed from the third largest port on the east coast in 1300 to the second largest in England by 1700, second only to London; it also looks at the archaeological and historical evidence for where the rich and the poor actually lived, and about the quality of life within different parts of the town.

Hull History Centre, Worship Street, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU2 8BG
There is metered parking at back of Hull History Centre.

HIVE - Hull Immersive Visualisation Environment

posted 23 Aug 2011, 07:22 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 23 Aug 2011, 07:24 ]

Located in the University's Department of Computer Science, HIVE supports multi-disciplinary researchers using 3D visualisation, data capture and high performance computing technology. Visitors will be introduced to the practical applications of this cutting-edge technology and invited to try out the head-tracking and interactive features, where they can actually walk around a 3D immersive environment, and interact with the data on the workwall using their hands. Examples of anthropology, archaeology and medical university research projects will be showcased as well as an exciting portfolio of laser scanning data, comprising: 3D dinosaur skeletons, caves and roman log boats.

Third Floor, Robert Blackburn Building, University of Hull, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU6 7RX

Parking on street near University is available.

Thursday 8th September: 1000-1100
Friday 9th September: 1130-1230

Pre-Booking Required

To pre-book contact Emma-Jane Alexander on 01482 465016 or at

Risby Hall and Gardens archaeological walk

posted 23 Aug 2011, 06:46 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 23 Aug 2011, 06:48 ]

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th, each day 2pm and 4.30pm

Join archaeologist Ed Dennison in exploring the well preserved earthwork remains of this late 17th century house and gardens, deserted medieval village and 18th century designed landscape,
including lakes, ponds and ruined folly.

Start from the upper car park of the Risby Park Fisheries. Follow the signs from the A164 Beverley to Cottingham road.

Ed Dennison 01482 870723

East Heslerton Deserted Medieval Village

posted 23 Aug 2011, 06:41 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 23 Aug 2011, 06:44 ]

New Interpretation Boards Unveiling and Meet the Archaeologists Event, East Heslerton

Saturday 10th 10am – 12pm

30 years of research by the Landscape Research Centre in the Vale of Pickering has revealed some of the most important archaeology in the country. The Deserted Medieval Village at East Heslerton preserves the ‘lumps and bumps’ of the former village. Archaeologists from the LRC will unveil the new information boards and be on hand to answer questions and give short tours of the site.

Refreshments available.

On the southern side of the A64 York/Scarborough road follow the signs for East Heslerton. The Deserted Medieval Village is behind St. Andrew’s church, enter through the field gate.

'Reading the Humps and Bumps as History' - A Guided Tour of Beverley Westwood

posted 18 Aug 2011, 07:02 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 18 Aug 2011, 07:08 ]

Photo of Beverley Westwood earthworks in the snow
Enjoy a pre-Sunday lunch stroll across Beverley Westwood with East Riding Archaeological Society. Discover the wealth of archaeological features through the understanding of this fascinating landscape; from Bronze Age barrows to Second World War gunnery placements. Lasting approximately 2 hrs/ 2 ½ miles

Pre-Booking Required

Places are limited, please call LEADER to book your place on 01377 208 411 or email

Meet at the York Road Gates. Sunday 11th September: Tour 10:30 am

Understanding Weaverthorpe Manor and Church Project Open Day Sun 11 Sep 2011

posted 18 Aug 2011, 06:38 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 18 Aug 2011, 06:42 ]

Site tours of the outstanding Grade 1 listed Church and the adjacent scheduled earthworks of the Fitzherbert manor.

Also presentations on the results of a geophysical survey project on the churchyard and manor site undertaken by The Friends of St. Andrews Weaverthorpe and The Landscape Research Centre with funding from LEADER Coast, Wolds, Wetlands and Waterways.

Sunday September 11th 2011 10.30 – 4pm

More information:

Rarey Farm, Weaverthorpe, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 8EY

Tel: 01944-738282 

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