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Updated: 8 May

Next event: Wednesday 9th May 7.30pm 

Dag Kjelldahl, an authority on Bjørnøya, with three books written on it, develops the fascinating talk he gave some years ago

At the Norwegian Study Centre,  University of York

Visitors welcome as our guests.



For our second event of the season we had an excellent talk by Dr Trevor Julian,  from York Civic Trust.

He reminded us that York was seen as a mirror of British history and then showed an excellent array of photographs illustrating that York does indeed have examples of all the periods of history (eg. Roman,  Anglo-Saxon,  Norman,  Medieval).  It good to hear that Swedish engineering in the Minster undercroft saved the central tower from collapse.   We also heard that a number of miraculous events have helped preserve our beautiful city – in 1799 the city corporation wanted to demolish the city walls !  This was prevented by Parliament,  thankfully,  William Etty saved Bootham Bar from destruction in the 1830s when St Leonard’s Place was created.  Just over a hundred years later a brave French pilot saved York from many more bombs in WWII. A drastic inner ring road plan mooted from 1948 to the 1970s was prevented from coming to fruition.

York Civic Trust can be found at:

The friends of York Walls can be found at:

We were delighted to have a record attendance at our first event this season !

Over 50 people came to hear about 100 years of Finnish independence and sample some Finnish food.

Our interesting programme for 2017-18 has been announced !   

Full details are now shown here.