Leeds University Library

Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society Collections

Published Thursday 31 March 2016

Costume Yorks Collier:   Image taken from the Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society (YAHS) collection

Special Collections has recently received the records of the Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society (YAHS) on long-term loan.

The YAHS collection is of tremendous importance to those studying local, family, architectural, economic, social, religious and landscape history. By transferring the collection to the University these important records are now readily accessible to researchers.

On the 4th April the first of these records will become available for public consultation in our Reading Room. Included in this release are all of the collections deposited with YAHS - the DD sequence. Within this sequence you will find a convention drafted after the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, a recipe book written by 15 year old Margaret Savile c.1683 and correspondence from the Duke of Wellington.

The first release also includes the records of the Manor of Wakefield, the Middleton of Stockeld and Bradfer Lawrence collections, Ralph Thoresby's diaries, and newly acquired material relating to George Walker, the author and illustrator of 'Costumes of Yorkshire'.

Find out more about the YAHS collection.