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Donation to Knaresborough Town Museum

Our society donated £2,000 to the Knaresborough Town Museum

We are proud to report that at our Annual General Meeting on 5th April 2022 our Chairman, Brian Forshaw suggested to the members that we should donate £2,000 to the Knaresborough Town Museum, money which had been building up in our account over many years. Members present voted unanimously in favour of this motion.

Kathy Allday, Chair of the Knaresborough Town Museum spoke at a recent meeting and told us how the Town Museum Group was formed in October 2019 and how they have now secured the ground floor of the Castle Girls’ School, a Grade II listed building near both the Castle and the Courthouse Museum. The Planning Notice has been submitted to the council and they are hoping to open our new Knaresborough Town Museum early next year.

Our museum will be a community hub and exhibition space for celebrating the history, traditions and heritage of Knaresborough and surrounding areas. The activities we run include open days, family heritage days, school workshops, guided walks, research groups and oral history projects. Our ethos is inclusive. We aim to provide life-long learning opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds and foster a sense of belonging and well-being. [Knaresborough Town Museum]


The Pearl of York, Treason and Plot

Report by Helen Midgley

Religious persecution is never far from the surface the world over and, in October 2021, Tony Morgan illustrated this in his talk of events leading up to the tragic martyrdom in 1586 of Margaret Clitherow who was crushed to death for continuing to practice her catholic beliefs. This is an example of the type of punishment meted out at that time to those who failed to conform to the protestant religion.
In Tony Morgan’s novel “The Pearl of York” he writes a fictionalised account of the time and intertwines her story with the life of a certain very young Mr Guy Fawkes who would undoubtedly have lived in York around the same time that the events took place. The book is a fascinating story which is also full of actual facts and events lending an authenticity to the novel.
Both the talk and the book were well received by our members, and we look forward to other such accounts in the future”
English Historical Fiction Authors – The Pearl of York, Treason and Plot – Political Intrigue in Tudor York by Tony Morgan
The Pearl of York, Treason and Plot – Amazon (This is Tony Morgan’s book)
Margaret Clitherow – The Pearl of York – Historic UK
History of York – Guy Fawkes

Councillor Kathryn Davies, Mayor of Knaresborough

A Truly Historic Event

by Helen, our own roving reporter.
The Platinum Jubilee weekend proved popular in Knaresborough with a very good turnout and many people attending the party in the park at Knaresborough House on 4th June. How lovely it was to see so many of you also celebrating by visiting the Community History Event held inside Knaresborough House from 2nd to 4th June, where it was possible to view and have your say on the new museum plans – the opening of which is due next year in the Castle Girls School.
There was much enthusiasm for the model of Knaresborough Town centre complete with its model railway and other items of interest such as Heritage crafts and a Victorian play area for children.
Knaresborough Historical Society manned a stand to demonstrate and promote the kinds of talks available from October to May each year with members of the society on hand to impart relevant information. On Thursday we were honoured with a visit to the stand by our new Mayor, Councillor Kathryn Davies, and her husband Robert who both showed a keen interest in our society.
Our new season will begin on Tuesday 4th October and a programme will be available later in the summer and we hope to welcome all who have an interest in history.