Rock Art: the problems of interpreting the unknowable.

Venue: Knowle Club, 17 Knowl Rd, Mirfield, WF14 8DQ

Date: 6th March 2018

Time: 8.00 – 9.30

This talk is being given to the Wheelwright Archaeological Society by Dave Weldrake.

Barmishaw Stone, Ilkley Moor

Rock Art is a subject which has been much studied in recent years. Yet no satisfactory answer has been found to the most obvious question: What were they used for? This talk considers the carved stones of Ilkley Moor and explains the problems which stand in the way of interpreting their significance.




Roman Castleford: An illustrated talk

Roman soldiers: Frieze by Harry Malkin

Date: 6th March 2018

Roman Castleford: An illustrated talk: 2.00

Venue: Castleford Library

Castleford was a major urban centre in Roman times. It developed from a small military installation guarding the crossing of the River Aire into a bustling industrial town. Over the years archaeologists have uncovered many fascinating objects which throw light on the lives of ordinary people in the past. Come along to the talk to find out more about Castleford’s rich archaeological heritage.



Medieval Castles of West Yorkshire: an illustrated talk by Dave Weldrake

Medieval chapel, Pontefract Castle

Venue: Baildon Library, Hallcliffe, Baildon, BD17 6ND

Date: Monday 16th October 2017

Time: 7.30

Admission:  £2.

Hosted by the Baildon Historical Society. All welcome


It comes as a surprise to many that there are over a dozen medieval castles in West Yorkshire. These range from the small earthwork castle at Sowerby to the impressive royal castle at Pontefract. The earliest were created soon after the Norman Conquest of England. Many lasted for just a few decades but the impressive keeps of Pontefract and Sandal were only finally demolished during the English Civil War. This fully illustrated talk looks at the history, form and function of West Yorkshires castles as well as examining their place in the regional landscape.


The Lost Kingdom of Elmet; an illustrated talk

Date: Wednesday 26th July 2017

Time: 7.30

Venue: Rothwell Community Hub, Marsh Street, Rothwell, Leeds, LS26 0AE

The Kingdom of Elmet was one of many small principalities which sprang up after the Roman armies withdrew from Britain. It covered the area which is now South and West Yorkshire and before its collapse in the early 600s it was a buffer between the two great Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of Mercia and Northumbria. This talk looks at people and places in the past to shed light on an almost forgotten part of regional history.

Speaker: Dave Weldrake

Cost: Free to SLA members, £4 to non-members

The talk is one of series events organized by South Leeds Archaeology.





Archaeology – Lowe Hill Conservation, History and Much More

A FREE day school on Friday  2nd of June 2017

Venue: Thornes Park College (Wakefield) and the castle itself

Start Time: 10.30

Lowe Hill motte and bailey castle (Thornes Park, Wakefield, UK

Lowe Hill is Wakefield’s hidden castle.  It is situated on the highest point of Thornes Park and the earthworks are currently obscured by trees. The Friends of CHAT (Clarence, Holmfield and Thornes parks) have begun a programme of work which will enhance the historic and amenity values of the site. This FREE day school is aimed at anyone interested in the history and display of earthwork castles and at those who might be interested in volunteering for the Lowe Hill Project.


Topics to be discussed will include:

The history and archaeology of earthwork castles

Problems of management and conservation

Interpreting the past to the public

The role of the volunteer

Keeping volunteers and members of the public






The Lost Kingdom of Elmet

Castle Hill Almondbury (West Yorkshire UK)

Castle Hill Almondbury (West Yorkshire UK)

For some time now I have been doing a talk about The Lost Kingdom of Elmet – one of the many small British principalities which sprang up after the collapse of Roman rule in Britain.  If you are interested in booking this talk for your organization, full details are available by clicking on the link below.

 The Lost Kingdom of Elmet

The Lost Kingdom of Elmet is only one of several talks available through Heritage Education. For a full list, click here.