Great Yarmouth Local History &
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
The Winter Gardens Project
Rachel Daniel: Partnership & Engagement Officer Great Yarmouth Borough Council
To be followed by members’ talks
‘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
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
Elizabeth Garret-Anderson - pioneering female doctor who became first women mayor of Aldborough
Mark Mitchels: Suffolk based speaker and researcher
Followed by Further Archaeology in Newtown in Yarmouth
Dr Tom Licence: UEA Medieval historian
Wreck of H.M.S. Gloucester
By Professor Clair Jowitt
A Child's Life in the Middle Ages
Imogen Corrigan: B.A. Hons
Excavations at Caister St Edmunds: Capital of the Roman Provinces in East Anglia
Natasha Harlow: PhD Archaeologist University of Nottingham
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
‘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
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).