Past Programmes

The 2013-14 Programme

Thursday 26 September – Sibelius Double Bill  Paul Sigsworth introduced Christopher Nupen’s film ‘Sibelius – The Early Years’ and Marian Booth played some Sibelius piano works.  Click here to download a pfd poster.
Tuesday 22 October – St Olaf Patron Saint and Eternal King of Norway  Per Steinar Raan talked about St Olaf, a particularly Anglo-Scandinavian saint. Click here to download a pfd poster.
Wednesday 20 November – Thor Heyerdahl and Easter Island Dag Kjelldahl talks about his fellow intrepid explorer.  Click here to download a pfd poster.
Friday 13 December – 19:15 for 19:30  –  Lucia Celebration at Bedern Hall   Our annual Christmas party in traditional Scandinavian style included a Lucia procession, music, carols, dancing and refreshments.  Friends and children were welcomed and as always a most enjoyable evening was had by all !
Thursday 19 December 7.30pm – Sankta Lucia: A Festival of Light  – York Minster  An exciting new venture for YASS working in partnership with York Minster.  Attended by over 700 people the celebration was an atmospheric candle-lit procession and carol service for all the family based on the traditional Swedish Lucia celebration.      

Thursday 16 January – Hallgrímur Pétursson 400  A talk by Ruth Ellison on the man, the myrth and some of the poetry to mark the 400th Anniversary of his birth.  Click here to download a pfd poster.

Saturday 18 January 10:30 – Midwinter Walk –  Circular walk between Walkington and Risby Park near Little Weighton   Distance – 4.5 miles Generally a flat route, around field side paths, tracks and parkland, woods with some on tarmac/farm roads. Lunch Risby Park Tea Rooms.

Wednesday 12 February – PS Kroyer – Painter of Light  Jan Cox told us more of this famous Danish painter. Click here to download a pfd poster.

Tuesday 11 March – Thomas Fearnley’s English Period Ann Sumner of the Bronte Museum introduced us to Norwegian Painter Thomas Fearnley and his English period. Click here for a pdf poster.

Wednesday 30 April – Annual General Meeting and evening of Scandinavian entertainment

Treasure Hunt ! Tuesday 27 May 19:00 [Noted New date] Meet in Nunnery Lane car park, where the Treasure Hunt will commence. The conclusion will be on Micklegate, and members will congregate at the Brigantes Pub and check answers.

Saturday 21 June  7pm – Traditional Sankt Hans Aften with Bonfire and Party.   Our traditional summer celebration was held in Malton.

 

PROGRAMME 2002-03


Thursday 17 October
1000 Years of Fishing.
Consul Kurt Christensen talks about the Danish history of fishing in Grimsby.

Wednesday 13 November
St Brice’s Day Massacre -13 November 1002.
Dr Matthew Townend enlightens us about the ethnic cleansing of Danes.

Friday 13 December
Christmas Celebration in traditional Anglo-Scandinavian style.
Music, carols, dancing and refreshments from Scandinavia and the UK.
Friends and children most welcome.
Tickets from the Treasurer. (Venue: Bedern Hall)

Wednesday 15 January
‘Ville’ against the Establishment.
Dr Phil Holmes talks about the Swedish author Vilhelm Moberg (1898-1973). (With slides)

2003

Saturday 18 January
Midwinter Walk.

Saturday 22 February, 11am-4pm
Our contribution to the Jorvik Viking Festival: Scandinavian Home Crafts and Skills.
A smörgåsbord of ideas (no food!), with a rolling programme of practical demonstrations.
(Venue: ARC, St Saviourgate)

Tuesday 25 February
Geology of Scandinavia – A Rock Show.
You are invited to bring along specimens to this talk by Alan Hall.

Wednesday 12 March
The Riches of Bjørnøya.
A personal account of death and beauty in the High Arctic by Norwegian adventurer Dag Hagenæs Kjelldahl. (With slides)

Wednesday 9 April
AGM, and launch of our Cookery Book with some culinary samples.

Thursday 15 May
Wilhelm Stenhammar – Sweden’s Sibelius?
Richard Crossley deals with a great Swedish composer. (With recorded music)

Sunday 15 June
Midsummer Walk (Details to be announced)

Saturday 21 June
Traditional Sankt Hans Aften with bonfire and party

PROGRAMME 2003-04

Tuesday 23 September 2003
St Birgitta of Sweden: Her life and legacy over 700 years.
A talk by Dr Bridget Morris.

Wednesday 22 October 2003
“We Ferry you to the Faeroes” with Danish/Faeroese Pastor Hjørdis Kjærgaard of the Danish Seaman’s Church in Hull.

Thursday 27 November 2003
A workshop on making Scandinavian decorations for the Christmas season.
(Bring your own scissors, pens and rulers). Younger members especially welcome.

Friday 12 December 2003 (Venue: Bedern Hall).
Christmas Celebration in traditional Anglo-Scandinavian style.
Music, carols, dancing and refreshments from Scandinavia and the UK. Friends and children most welcome.

2004

Tuesday 20 January 2004
Halldor Laxness: Icelandic Nobel Prize winning author. A talk by Dr Ruth Ellison.

Saturday 17January 2004 Midwinter walk.

Thursday 26 February 2004
“Heftig og Begeistret (Cool and Crazy)”: The recent and much celebrated Norwegian film, with English subtitles.

Wednesday 24 March 2004
Danish Golden Age Painting: An extensively illustrated talk by Dr David Jackson.
We look at the society of Golden Age Denmark as seen through the paintings of this celebrated period of cultural richness.

Thursday 22 April 2004
The Annual General Meeting with Supper and Songs.

Tuesday 11 May 2004
Poetry evening with Readings, Translations and Discussion.

Saturday 26 June 2004
Midsummer Walk, from Hutton-le-Hole.

Saturday 19 June 2004
Traditional Sankt Hans Aften with bonfire and party.

PROGRAMME 2004-05

Tuesday 21 September
The Faroes threatened.
The islands’ amazing history and culture –
and the threat posed by the effects of global warming on the Gulf Stream.
Illustrated talk by Faroese couple John Dalsgard and Erla Olsen, currently researchers at York University.
 

Wednesday 20 October
The Bjørn Lomborg affair goes global.
Lomborg is Denmark’s ‘sceptical environmentalist’
denying the existance of the environmental crisis.
Talk by Anglo-Danish Olaf Corry, Visiting Fellow at London School of Economics.

Thursday 18 November
From stoker to Nobel laureate.
Swedish writer Harry Martinson‘s centenary is celebrated this year.
Illustrated talk by Dr Brita Green.

Friday 10 December
Christmas celebration 
in traditional Anglo-Scandinavian style.
Music, carols, dancing and refreshments. Friends and children most welcome.
Admission by ticket only

2005

Tuesday 18 January
How Viking was Viking York?
An illustrated talk by Dr Peter Addyman, the innovator and first director of York Viking Centre.

Saturday 15 January
Midwinter walk

4-20 February Jorvik Viking Festival (YASS participation):

Wednesday 16 February
Death and Beauty in the Norwegian Arctic
.
Illustrated talk by the Norwegian adventurer Dag Kjelldahl.

Thursday 18 February
A Scandinavian Special.
1. Wine and wellcome (Chairman Ruth Corry)
2. Danish poetry: Piet Hein (John and Karen Christmas
)
3. Two Scandinavian songs (Susanne Walker)
4. Icelandic spells (Ruth Ellison)
5. An Old Norse tale (Ruth Corry and Ruth Ellison)
6. A first lesson in Swedish (Brita Green and Eva Robards)
7. Norwegian folk music and dancing (guests: Hardanger fiddle group Glima) 

Saturday 19 February
Various handicraft

Thursday 24 February
‘The Northern Utopia: British perceptions of Norway in the 19th century’.
A presentation by Dr Peter Fjågesund and Dr Ruth A. Symes,
the joint authors of this recently published illustrated book.

Wednesday 16 March
The Birth of a Nation.

Professor Nils Ivar Agøy comes from Norway
to tell us about the war that was narrowly avoided,
when Norway gained independence from Sweden in 1905.

Sunday 3 April afternoon
Visit to Dag Kjelldahl’s Sciene Centre at Whitby.

Details to be announced.

Tuesday 19 April
The Annual General Meeting
and a video showing of the famous film Kon Tiki in the light of time.
English subtiteles, large screen. For members only.

Wednesday 18 May
Scandinavian music – recent releases.
Chris from Banks Music Shop will introduce and play samples.

Saturday 11 June
Midsummer walk in Wensleydale

Saturday 25 June
Traditional Sankt Hans Aften with bonfire and party.
Pictures from the event can be viewed on the photo album page.

PROGRAMME 2005-06

Tuesday 27 September
Maritime History of Scandinavian Emigration through Liverpool to USA
Dick Midhage, volunteer in Maritime Research at the Albert Dock Museum in Liverpool

Wednesday 19 October
Fearless Frithiof of Sognefjord: A Victorian Viking Hero.
Andrew Wawn, Professor of Anglo-Icelandic Studies at School of English, University of Leeds

Thursday 17 November
Childhood Games: 
a ‘bring and share’ evening
with memories of childhood games from Britain and Scandinavia.
Led by Dr Peter Green

Friday 9 December
Christmas Celebration 
in traditional Anglo-Scandinavian style,
including Lucia, music, carols, dancing and refreshments.

Friends and children most welcome.
Venue Bedern Hall.
Pictures from the event can be viewed on the photo album page.

2006

Monday 9 January
The Heroes of Telemark: From Sacred Scenery to Nuclear Nightmare.

Dr Peter Fjågesund, former Director of Norwegian Study Centre, York University

28 January
Midwinter Walk
Yorkshire Sculpture Park,
meeting 10.15 in the car park on the left hand side of the A637 towards Huddersfield
just a few hundred meters after leaving junction 38 on the M1
.

Wednesday 8 February
Finlandia. The Art of Akseli Gallen-Kallela
An extensively illustrated talk on the work of Fine Art
Dr David Jackson, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds

16-26 February
Jorvik Viking Festival
YASS participation

Tuesday 14 March
Anna á Gilsbakka, a woman of no importance?
Ruth Ellison gives an illustrated talk about the life and influence of her Icelandic ‘foster mother’

Thursday 20 April
AGM 
followed by
Breadmaking around Scandinavia – with tasters.
Introduced by Paul Sigsworth/Brita Green

Wednesday 10 May
Duckling to Swan? Hans Christian Andersen, the Fairytale and the Reality.
Sid Bradley, Professor Emeritus, University of York and University of Århus, Denmark

May/June
Midsummer Walk 
(Details to be announced)

Saturday 17June
Traditional Sankt Hans Aften with bonfire and party.

Pictures from the event can be viewed on the photo album page.

PROGRAMME 2006-07

Thursday 14 September
Ibsen, you are a liar!

Randi Hilmersen and Vigdis Ellefsrud (Kristelig Gymnasium, Oslo)
mark the 100th anniversary of the death of the playwright Henrik Ibsen.

Tuesday 17 October
Greenland revisited 
 an illustrated travelogue.
An account by Alison and Michael Kitchen of their visit to Greenland in 2004.

Thursday 16 November
YASS goes to Norway – the Travellers’ report.

Impressions of Norway, its National Day, and renewed friendship.

Friday 8 December Venue: Bedern Hall.
Christmas Celebration in traditional Anglo-Scandinavian style, including Lucia.

Music, carols, dancing and refreshments. Friends and children most welcome.
Admission by ticket only.

2007

Monday 8 January
Jørgen Jørgensen – the English Dane.

John Christmas, YASS.

Saturday 20 January
Midwinter Walk.
 (Details to be announced.)

Monday 5 February
The Swede who organised the world.

Carl Linnaeus, 300 years old in 2007. Eva Robards, YASS.

Jorvik Viking Festival. YASS participation:

Thursday 15 February 2007
Viking descendants on the move.

8.15pm, DIG
Some hundred years ago a large part of the Scandinavian peoples
emigrated to the ‘large country in the west’.
Join Dick Midhage of York Anglo-Scandinavian Society
to learn how they travelled there, via Hull and Liverpool,
and how it comes that one out of 20 Americans
has Scandinavian background.
Pre-booking: 01904 543403, £2 adult, £1.50 conc.

Sunday 18 February 2007
Scandinavians in action.

A display of traditional crafts, where you can join in and enjoy.

Tuesday 13 March
The Scandinavian connection.

The origins and history of the Yorkshire dialects.
Dr Barrie Rhodes (Yorkshire Dialect Society and Coordinator UK for The Viking Network).

Thursday 19 April
AGM followed by Quiz with drinks and nibbles.

Thursday 26 April (Changed from Wednesday 2 May)
The British experience of Finland 
– Sport and National Pride and Shame: The Case of Finland
Glyn Hughes, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Ramble with cultural highlights.
An interesting walk along the quayside, with a handful of historic places of interest.
The walk would pass by the Baltic and wouldn’t be far from the Biscuit Factory or the Laing.

Saturday 16 June
Midsummer Walk

Saturday 23 June
Traditional Sankt Hans Aften with bonfire and party.

PROGRAMME 2007-08

Tuesday 25 September 
The Viking Experience. Meet Dag Kjelldahl (YASS)
– the Viking.

Thursday 18 October 
Voices from the Past. From letters and diaries Anne Batchelor (Family Historian, Leeds)
describes Scottish Dr Laird’s visit to Denmark, and other stories.

Wednesday 14 November
How Norwegian was Grieg? Alan Hall and Iain Robertson (YASS)
outline traits in the life and music of Edvard Grieg (1843 -1907).

Saturday 8 December Venue: Bedern Hall.
Christmas Celebration in traditional Anglo-Scandinavian style,
including Lucia. Music, carols, dancing and refreshments.
Friends and children most welcome. Admission by ticket only.

2008

Tuesday 8 January
To Iceland We Went. Jonathan Tapp (Teacher, York Steiner School)
talks about his class trip to Iceland.

Saturday 19 January 
Midwinter Walk (out of Hovingham)

Wednesday 13 February
Finland in My Mind. English Steven Alger and Finnish Pirjo MacTurner
compare experiences of Finland over 25 years.

14 February
Jorvik Viking Festival. 
YASS participation.

Thursday 13 March
Rites of Spring. Easter traditions (member participation).

Tuesday 15 April
AGM followed by Guess What! and food.

Wednesday 14 May
Divine Glass. Dr David O’Connor (The University of Manchester) talks about
Medieval stained glass in Sweden, focussing on Gotland’s Gothic glass.

May/June 
Midsummer Walk (in Coverdale)

Saturday 21 June
Traditional Sankt Hans Aften with Bonfire and Party.

Tuesday 30 September
Edvard Munch

Professor David Jackson informs us about the famous Norwegian painter.

Thursday 23 October
Ralph Gershom Collingwood was an English artist who painted scenes from the Icelandic Sagas. 
Matthew Townend tells us more.

Wednesday 19 November
The Science of Colours, Pigments and Anders Zorn.

An intruiging title for a talk by mathematician, theoretical physicist and oil painter
Professor Malcolm Ludvigsen.

Saturday 6 December
Christmas Celebration
 at Bedern Hall in traditional Scandinavian style\
with music, carols, dancing and (not least!) refreshments. Friends and children most welcome.
Admission by ticket only.

Programme 2009-2010

Thursday 15 January
The Wasa is Sweden’s equivalent of the Mary Rose.

Dick Midhage tells its fascinating story.

Saturday 17 January
Winter walk.

An approximately 4 miles walk, out of Helmsley.

Linking with the Yorvik Viking Festival and York’s City Screen cinema in February
Thursday 18 February
Keith Withall explains Dogme films.

Sunday 22 February
(City Screen, Coney Street,York)
The award winning Danish film Italian for Beginners,
a romantic comedy set in Denmark
and made according to the principles of Dogme 95
(preceded by a short introduction)

Thursday 19 March
The Stockholm Environment Institute

Presentation by Johan Kuylenstierna

Wednesday 22 April
Annual General Meeting with food and music

Tuesday 12 May
Evening of Folk Tales, scary and otherwise
, with membership participation

May/June Midsummer walk

Saturday 20 June
Traditional Sankt Hans celebration with bonfire and party

Thursday 24 September
Boy to Border Pastor.
Steen Tygesen from the Danish church in Hull
tells the remarkable story of how he came to occupy his present position.

Tuesday 20 October
Arne Næss, Philosopher of the Environment.
A discussion between our chairman and environmental philosopher Chris Belshaw
on the founder of the Deep Ecology movement.

Wednesday 18 November
Making Christmas Decorations.
A practical session led by Ruth Corry and Brenda Tyler.
Come and save money on this year’s Christmas decorations.

Saturday 12 December Venue: Bedern Hall.
Christmas Celebration in traditional Anglo-Scandinavian style. Includes Lucia procession, music, carols, dancing and refreshments. Friends and children most welcome. Admission by ticket only.

2010

Saturday 16 January
Midwinter Walk.
 (Details to be announced.)

Saturday 30 January
Fiftieth birthday dinner
 at the Tithe Barn, Upper Poppleton.
Come and celebrate the founding of YASS exactly fifty years ago today!
Guest of honour is COSCAN chairman, Mark Elliott.

18 – 22 February (Details to be announced.)
We link with the Jorvik Viking Festival.

Thursday 18 March
Aerial Archaeology.
Peter Horne tells us about his fascinating work.

Wednesday 21 April
Annual General Meeting and Finnish evening.

Tuesday 18 May
‘Escape from St. Thomas’ with Dag Kjelldahl.
Come and hear this unusual tale from the life of our master story-teller

May/June
Midsummer Walk.
 (Details to be announced.)

Saturday 19 June
Traditional Sankt Hans Aften
 with Bonfire and Party.
(Venue and details to be announced.)

PROGRAMME 2010-11

Tuesday 21 September
By ‘eck, it’s the Vikings!
 Beck Sinar describes the influence of Scandinavian languages on Yorkshire dialect.

Wednesday 27 October
Norse gods and godless men.

Ruth Ellison tells of the Viking deities.

Thursday 18 November
How close was Helena Snakenborg to Queen Elizabeth I?

Helena Snakenborg was a Swedish lady at Elizabeth I’s court. Brita Green examines the relationship between the two women.

Friday 10 December
Lucia Celebration Venue: Bedern Hall.

This is our annual Christmas party in traditional Scandinavian style and includes a Lucia procession, music, carols, dancing and refreshments. Friends and children are most welcome.
Admission by ticket only.

2011

Thursday 6 January
Happy Birthday, Victor Borge!

John Christmas helps us to celebrate the birthday of the famous Danish pianist and comic.

Saturday 15 January
Midwinter Walk.
 Details to be announced.

Tuesday 8 February
Green building in Yorkshire – learning from Scandinavia

with Sally Walker of Native Architects.

Also in February we hope to link with the Viking Festival.

Wednesday 16 March
Monsters, Maiden-kings and more
: Medieval Icelandic adventure sagas with Alaric Hall.

Thursday 28 April
Annual General Meeting
 and evening of traditional Norwegian music.

Tuesday 24 May
Scandinavian design.
 A do-it-yourself evening where members and friends bring along Scandinavian artefacts and talk about them.

May / June
Midsummer Walk.

Saturday 25 June
Traditional Sankt Hans Aften
 with Bonfire and Party. Our traditional summer celebration. Venue and details to be announced.

PROGRAMME 2011 – 12

Thursday 22 September 
Roald Amundsen
Dag Kjelldahl tells of the Norwegian hero and explorer.

Wednesday 12 October 
The Spirit of the North
Jan Cox informs us of a well-known but mysterious Swedish landscape painter and his artistic trail across Scandinavia and over the Atlantic.

Tuesday 15 November
Craft evening
Come along and make your Christmas decorations, Scandinavian style! Instructions and materials will be provided.

Friday 9 December
Lucia Celebration
Venue: Bedern Hall.
This is our annual Christmas party in traditional Anglo-Scandinavian style and includes a Lucia procession, music, carols, dancing and refreshments. Friends and children are most welcome. Admission by ticket only.

2012

Thursday 19 January
The Viking legacy in modern York
Talk by ‘Bone’ Jones.

Wednesday 8 February
Catharine Hermine Kølle and the nineteenth century discovery of Norway. Norwegian Study Centre Director Anka Ryall tells of this walker and landscape painter, Norway’s first woman artist.

Tuesday 13 March
Samsø – Denmark’s energy-exporting island
Talk by David Corry.

Wednesday 25 April
Annual General Meeting and evening of Scandinavian entertainment.

Saturday 19 May
Visit to Hull.

May / June
Midsummer Walk.

Saturday 23 June
Traditional Sankt Hans Aften with Bonfire and Party. Our traditional summer celebration.

2012-13

Tuesday 18 September – An Evening with Hans Christian Andersen

Sid Bradley and Ruth Corry with readings (in translation) from the famous Danish Author, plus David Corry with a modern twist on The Emporer’s New Clothes.