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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 Aldeburgh

Mark Mitchels: Suffolk based speaker and researcher

May 19th

AGM followed by: 

Kett’s Rebellion: the Norfolk Uprising of 1549 following land enclosure by

Matthew Champion: M.A. Historian & Researcher

June 2nd 

Wreck of H.M.S. Gloucester

Dr Benjamin Redding: Senior Research Associate in History, The University of East Anglia


June 23rd

A Child's Life in the Middle Ages

Imogen Corrigan: B.A. Hons

September 15th

Excavations at Caistor 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 Excursion 2023

Sunday July 16th – Day Excursion - Leiston Long Shop Museum and Framlingham

Prices per person:

Coach Travel:                                           £16.50

Leiston Museum                                     £4.50

Framlingham Castle                              £12.30

  (conc £8.90 and free for English Heritage Members)

Non-GYLHAS members please add £2.00 for insurance

Coach pick ups:

Caister (outside Police Station)               8.30am

Barnard Crescent                                      8.40am

Outside Poundstretcher (Regent Rd)     8.50am

Gorleston Tramway                                  9.00am


Please include booking preferences and pick up with your payment

Payment by cash or cheque payable to GYLHAS at next meetings.

OR, by post to Ann Dunning, 132 Bells Rd, Gorleston, NR31 6AF

OR, by BACS to GYLHAS, HSBC, Sort Code 40-22-22, accnt no. 00401331

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