West Yorkshire Archive Service run a wide range of events and activities across all five offices in West Yorkshire - Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield.

You can see a full list of our current events on this page. As we are adding new dates all the time, please be sure to bookmark this page and regularly check for new events.

Book events

Looking for a unique present?

£12, £15, £20 & £50 gift vouchers are available for our events programme, including
• Archive Skills Sessions & History Wardrobe £12
• Archive Surgery Appointments £15
• Conservation Two Day Workshops £50
• A Bespoke Experience Day with Conservation £120
Available to purchase at the West Yorkshire
History Centre

A Grave Subject? Death and Remembrance in West Yorkshire

Saturday 13 April 2019 to Friday 1 November 2019)
Visit our exhibition looking at how our ancestors experienced death and how they remembered those they had lost. Fantastic original archives will be on display covering topics such as Funerals, Afterlife, Mourning and Burials.

International Medieval Congress

Thursday 4 July 2019 (10:30 AM - 6:00 PM)
The Leeds Archives office will be exhibiting at this years International Medieval Congress at Leeds University, Europe’s largest forum for sharing ideas in Medieval Studies

The Anne Lister Diaries

Wednesday 10 July 2019 (7:00 PM - 8:30 PM)
Join Archivist Dan Sudron and Head of Conservation, Shirley Jones for a talk about the famous diaries of Anne Lister of Shibden Hall which are held at Calderdale Archive. Booking essential.

Recording deaths during plague epidemics in Renaissance Italy

Monday 29 July 2019 (11:00 AM - 12:30 PM)

Heritage Open Days event, WYAS Leeds

Friday 13 September 2019 (10:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Power, Petitions and Poisoning - A unique opportunity to see through archival collections how the people of West Yorkshire used the power of petitions to protest and enforce change. Open day, drop-in event at our Leeds Archive office.

Heritage Open Day, West Yorkshire History Centre

Saturday 14 September 2019 (10:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Celebrate the annual Heritage Open Days festival with us at West Yorkshire History Centre. Free activities all day.

Heritage Open Days event, Queens Mill, Castleford

Saturday 21 September 2019 (10:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
West Yorkshire Archive Service have been invited to join Castleford Heritage Trust’s Heritage Open Day event at Queen's Mill, Castleford. Under the theme ‘People Power: Then, Now and Always’ the day will explore stories of everyday life in Castleford throughout the ages and the town’s unsung heroes.

If Walls Could Talk - House history workshop

Friday 4 October 2019 (1:30 PM - 3:30 PM)
A basic introduction into researching the history of your house. Suitable for absolute beginners.

Introduction to Bookbinding with Philip Winskill from York Bookbinding

Tuesday 15 October 2019 (10:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
A one day introduction to bookbinding with leading local expert Philip Winskill from York Bookbinding. Suitable for beginners of those wishing to refresh their skills.

Palaeography workshop - reading old handwriting

Wednesday 23 October 2019 (1:30 PM - 3:30 PM)
Aimed at beginners with little or no experience. Using documents from the archives we will explore the quirks of seventeenth and eighteenth century handwriting. You will learn how to read and transcribe documents through numerous stunning examples and hands on practice.

Half term family craft activities

Tuesday 29 October 2019 (10:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Family friendly, make and take craft activities inspired by our current exhibition. Masks, Calavera balloon decorating, and autumn themed creations!

Recipes through the years workshop

Wednesday 6 November 2019 (1:30 PM - 3:30 PM)
This session will look at the kinds of recipes we have, strange ingredients and the collections they can be found in.

Recipes through the years (evening workshop)

Wednesday 6 November 2019 (5:30 PM - 7:30 PM)
This session will look at the kinds of recipes we have, strange ingredients and the collections they can be found in. Evening workshop.