CBA Yorkshire Fireside Chats – Series Eight

10th January 2023       Tuesday 7.30 pm  

Uncovering Rievaulx Abbey’s landscapes – The Cistercian Taskscape and Environmental Change

Freya Horsfield

This talk will present a case study of Rievaulx Abbey (North Yorkshire), to examine whether a major Cistercian monastery ‘transformed’ its landscape. Dr Freya Horsfield is based at Durham University.


14th February 2023      Tuesday 7.30 pm  

High Hunsley Deserted Medieval Village

Emma Samuels, Richard Coates

In the summer of 2022, Ethos Heritage CIC ran a community archaeology project at the well-preserved DMV at High Hunsley.  We were privileged to work with members of the local community, local youth groups, and a local SEN school over the course of the excavation, alongside welcoming veterans and members of the blue light services onto site.  During this Fireside Chat we will share our findings from 2022, discuss how the community responded to the project, and touch on our plans for the future.


14th March 2023       Tuesday 7.30 pm 

A Neolithic salt warming site at Street House

Steve Sherlock

A chance to find out about this enigmatic site that is potentially the earliest Neolithic saltern in Western Europe. It is offering new insights into the industrial archaeology of the Neolithic.

[Please Note:  This talk will not be recorded and added to the CBA Yorkshire archive]


11th April 2023         Tuesday 7.30 pm

The medieval wall paintings of Pickering: discovery, restoration and meaning

Kate Giles

In 1852, a series of remarkably well-preserved wall paintings were discovered during restoration work in St. Peter’s church, Pickering.   in the 1880s, they underwent a controversial restoration, which coloured perceptions of their significance and informed radical approaches to their conservation in the twentieth century.   In this lecture, Kate will reflect on how Pickering’s story adds new layers of understanding to the story of wall paintings in the parish church, and how her research has revealed the hidden medieval meanings of the paintings, the subject of her recent book.

9th May 2023     Tuesday 7.30 pm

Communities and Communication: can we make TV archaeology work for us again? 

Chloe Duckworth

Dr Chloe Duckworth is Reader in Archaeological Sciences and Public Engagement at Newcastle University.  She will be best known to most of us as one of the principal presenters on the recent highly acclaimed TV series, the Great British Dig.  In her talk Chloe will evaluate the impact of the TV series and suggest ways in which the media can help promote archaeology within the wider community.

13th June 2023    Tuesday 7.30 pm

Cultural Heritage in the Westmorland Dales

Hannah Kingsbury

The Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership is a four-year scheme (2019-2023), supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. There are 22 projects in total, 10 of which explore the cultural heritage of the area. This talk will give an overview of the scheme and will focus on a number of the cultural heritage projects, including archaeological surveys and excavations and how they might relate to similar projects in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.