Pauline Alden has been looking at local pawnbrokers, after finding a local man appealing against conscription in 1916. Bertie Vowles, who lived in Colenso St, Clementhorpe, succeeded in his appeal, because of his job. Pawnbrokers played an important role in helping poor families to keep their heads above water, and were a common feature in […]

Friends of Scarcroft School invite you to an evening talk by Edward Waterson about Walter Brierley, the man who designed Scarcroft School. Come and find out why English Heritage describes the school as his masterpiece. Wednesday 28th June from 7pm to 8:15pm in the Upper Hall. The talk will be followed by questions and finish […]

Pauline Alden and Anne Houson have been exploring how local women at Southlands Methodist Church supported soldiers during the war. The Knavesmire was a tented village and men were billeted all over the area, stationed far away from home. Two ladies, Martha Daykin and Emily Elders played a significant role. Emily ran the confectioner’s shop […]

For those of you that missed the screening of our short Zeppelin film on 19 May, we now have our own YouTube channel. Filmmaker Chris Maudsley has done some brilliant work on creating the film for us and we’re very grateful to him. He’s now embarking on our new film about local conscientious objectors. You […]

Pauline Alden has been researching the life of a young woman in our area, following up a brief story in the York Herald from January 1916. The results of her explorations show the fascinating importance of archival records in providing a fuller picture behind such reports. Maria Button struggled with poverty and ill-health and her […]

Our next event is on Friday 19th May at 7.30pm, at Clements Hall, with a talk by Helen Snelson, Head of History from The Mount School: Getting out of the Trenches: Teaching the First World War to Teenagers. We also plan to show our new video, York Zeppelin Raids 2 May 1916, which features schoolchildren […]

Pauline Alden has been researching more stories about our local women during the First World War. Some were working as nurses at Nunthorpe Hall VAD Hospital, some were volunteering to support soldiers and sailors at York Station. Thousands of servicemen passed through the station during the war and were in great need of refreshments, and […]