Upcoming Events

HCS Christmas Social

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

12th December 2021

St Wilfrid's Parish Hall, Duchy Road.

St Wilfrid’s hall is very spacious, with high ceilings and doors at either end for cross ventilation. We are sure that even with social distancing and mask wearing (if required, advised or your choice) it will be a very convivial event. If the lure of tea, coffee, wine and mince pies is not enough we are also offering the opportunity to do some Christmas shopping!

There will be a short talk by society member Dr Paul Jennings: "Winter's Tales in Harrogate".

Books on local history, quite a few by Society members, will be on sale (cash or cheques please).
Bill Williams: Bilton Through the Ages (£4).
Terry Williams: New Park Heritage Trail (£2) .
Jane Blayney and Anne Smith: A Souvenir Guide to the Valley Gardens (£5) .
Anne Smith: Pannal and Burn Bridge Their Stories (£10).
Paul Jennings :The Local: The History of the British Pub (£12.99).
Paul Jennings: Working Class Lives in Edwardian Harrogate (£14.99).

Malcolm Neesam will be making available a number of out of print/hard to find books.

Cost   £


If you would like to attend this talk, please send an email request to events@harrogatecivicsociety.org.

Andrew Carnegie and British Libraries

7:30 pm

18th January 2021

Harrogate Library

2019 was the 100th anniversary of the death of Andrew Carnegie, one of the greatest philanthropists in history. He helped fund over 2800 libraries throughout the world, including two in North Yorkshire: Harrogate and Skipton.

This talk will be a personal reflection by Councillor Jim Clark, a fellow Scot, on the impact Andrew Carnegie had on Harrogate, North Yorkshire and the wider world.

To include tea/ coffee / biscuits.

Cost   £


If you would like to attend this talk, please send an email request to events@harrogatecivicsociety.org by 5pm on Sunday 9th January 2021.

Behind the Scenes at the British Library

Postponed, new date to be arranged

A tour of the British Library site at Boston Spa, near Wetherby. https://www.bl.uk/visit/reading-rooms/boston-spa

The British Library receives a copy of every book, magazine, journal and newspaper published in the UK and the bulk of this material is available to view at Boston Spa, along with purchased and overseas titles from their reference collections. Boston Spa is also the home of the UK national newspaper collection – which comprises more than three centuries of local, regional and national newspapers – and the library also has a sound archive with a growing collection of sound and video recordings.

Cost   £


20 Park Parade and Bernard Walter Evans RA

Postponed, new date to be arranged

A talk by Justin Kitson about the artist Bernard Walter Evans RA who had a home and studio at 20 Park Parade from 1890 until 1912. The talk will focus on his ‘Yorkshire’ paintings and will include a short history of the house that was converted into a Methodist chapel in the late eighteenth century.

Cost   £


Numbers are limited so please book a place in advance. email: events@harrogatecivicsociety.org