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Meetings and Excursions

GYLHAS hosts a monthly programme of interesting and varied talks, meetings, films and slideshows . All meetings comply with relevant Govt guidelines with regards Covid security and members and guests are expected to do the same. Over the years the society has explored topics ranging from Concrete Cockrill to Rediscovered Archaeological Treasure.  In addition to visiting speakers, members are often keen to share their own expertise and are invited to speak at selected meetings throughout the year.

The society meets on the third Friday of the month from September to June, at 7.30pm, at Christchurch, King Street, Great Yarmouth, unless otherwise stated.    Christchurch is fully accessible: on-street and public car parking spaces (free in the evenings) are available nearby. 


GYLHAS Meeting and Lecture Programme 2023


20th January

The Winter Gardens Project

Rachel Daniel: Partnership & Engagement Officer Great Yarmouth Borough Council

To be followed by members’ talks


February 17th

 ‘The North Sea Floods of 1953: Ten Lives Lost in Yarmouth during the Worst Storm in Living Memory

Neil Storey: Norfolk-born historian and lecturer

March 17th

The Midland & Great Northern Railway. Beginning as the Great Yarmouth to Stalham Light Railway in 1877 

Adrian Wright:  Railway historian born in Hemsby, who has lived in Yarmouth for many years

April 21st

Elizabeth Garret-Anderson - pioneering female doctor who became first women mayor of Aldborough

Mark Mitchels: Suffolk based speaker and researcher

May 19th


Followed by Further Archaeology in Newtown in Yarmouth

Dr Tom Licence: UEA Medieval historian

June 2nd 

Wreck of H.M.S. Gloucester

By Professor Clair Jowitt

June 16th

Village Visit

June 23rd

A Child's Life in the Middle Ages

Imogen Corrigan: B.A. Hons

September 15th

Excavations at Caister St Edmunds: Capital of the Roman Provinces in East Anglia

Natasha Harlow: PhD Archaeologist University of Nottingham 

October 20th

19th Century Industrial Activity in Norfolk & its Market Towns. Local manufacturing and trade in this county over the past two centuries

Adrian O’Dell: Historian & Researcher

November 17th

 ‘The Mayflower and its Norfolk Connections’. Religious and political upheavals causing Norfolk people to flee to the New World

Dr Rob Knee: Historian and Researcher

December 15th

Short Meeting followed by buffet

GYLHAS Excursions Programme 2023

to be confirmed...


GYLHAS Programme 2022


Friday June 10th – 7pm - St Benet's Abbey
Tour of St Benet’s Abbey, Ludham with a Heritage Guide starting at 7pm. Please car share if possible as parking is limited and note that there is no shelter (or toilets).
Please contact Ann Dunning (phone: 01493 441878) to book a place on this visit.

Tuesday July 12th – Day Excursion - Sutton Hoo

Visit to Sutton Hoo, the Woodbridge Tidal Mill and Long Shed (where a replica Anglo-Saxon boat is being constructed).

Sutton Hoo entrance is £14.75 for non-National Trust members. There is an optional guided tour of the dig site by a local support group at an additional cost of £4.50. The Tidal Mill entrance is £5.00 while the Long Shed visit is free, but donations will be welcome on the day.

Pick ups: Opposite Caister Police Station 8.30am Barnard Crescent 8.40am Market Gates (outside Poundstretcher) 8.45am Gorleston Tramway 9.00am We will depart from Woodbridge at 5pm.

Please complete the form which can be found by clicking here, and pay by cash or cheque (payable to GYLHAS) at a meeting or send – Ann Dunning, 132 Bells Road, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth NR31 6AF (phone: 01493 441878).

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