ROYS Conference booking now open

We’re delighted to announce that booking for the Ridings of Yorkshire Society conference on the 17th and 18th of June is now open, both to attend in-person and online. Both of these options are free of charge. In-person spaces are limited, so it’s worth getting in early if you’re hoping to join us at Blaydes House on the day. You can find the booking link here, or on the ROYS website at

The provisional programme is as follows, and timings will follow from ROYS at a later date:

Friday 17th June:


Panel 1- Medieval Yorkshire:

Berenice Wilson: Emma de Port, the Percy’s, and St Julian the Harbinger

Sophie Whittle: Yorkshire as an innovator of language change: The extent of Scandinavian influence in late medieval Yorkshire texts

Key Note speaker – Leeds Museums and Galleries Community Engagement Team


Key Note Speaker – Peter Halkon

Panel 2- Yorkshire in 20th Century

Dr Michael Reeve : ‘Specials’ and ‘night patrols’: Voluntary policing, public safety and working-class community in Hull during the First World War

Aleks Fagelman: We’re Here, We’re Queer and we won’t be forgotten: A discussion of reparations for the AIDS crisis, focused on the West Yorkshire Queer Stories archive

Paper 3 TBC

Panel 3- Yorkshire and the Archives

Dr Stefan Ramsden: The Merchant Marine at War: A Yorkshire Miner’s Perspective

Kevin Jones: Data on the Public Record: Mapping and Visualising Accessions to Repositories Information from Yorkshire Archives c.2007 – 2020

Sam Wright: The Humber Outport using the Lloyds Register Foundation Heritage and Education Centre Archives

Saturday 18th June:

Panel 4- Yorkshire in 18th & 19th Century

Aruni Samarakoon: Reading Mary Wollstonecraft through a lens of Socialist Feminist

Wayne Garlick: East Yorkshire Agriculture & Transport 1815-1850

Dr Joan K. F. Heggie, Women as capital lenders in nineteenth-century Yorkshire: Evidence from the Register of Deeds

Panel 5 – Yorkshire in 20th Century – Part 2!

Dr Ashley Borrett: Crime and Criminality in Hull and East Yorkshire during the interwar period

Joshua Daniels: The Blitz in Yorkshire: Once Forgotten, Now Remembered

Paper 3 TBC

Paper 4 TBC

Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City – Guided Tour lead by Sam Wright (Only available for in-person attendees)