The Yorkshire Society press release shared here as Pontefract Civic Society co-hosted this inaugural event.

Wednesday 23rd March, saw Yorkshire’s first Heritage Summit take place at packed Pontefract Town Hall. The event which included stalls, presentations, opportunity to network and a tour of the historic town has received much positive feedback and there was general consensus to run another event in 2023 in a different part of the province.

Phil Bell, Chief Executive of the organisers The Yorkshire Society explained “It was important to get many of the regions volunteer organisations and our heritage guardians together for the first time in one place to share ideas and work together to show the strength of their combined power”.

A welcome speech from Geoff Walsh, Vice Chair of The Yorkshire Society referred to people and organisations who love Yorkshire are best placed to promote the rich heritage.

The Summit was professionally organised in partnership with Pontefract Civic Society who were able to showcase the wonderful Town Hall and town’s remarkable history with a series of guided walks.

Phil Bell with Paul Cartwright & Tim Barber (courtesy Yorkshire Post)
Geoff Walsh

Paul Cartwright, Chair of Pontefract Civic Society commented ‘it was an honour for Pontefract to host this prestigious event as well as help the many heritage organisations see the heritage of our town”.

Paul Cartwright

The event featured presentations by author and environmental campaigner Colin Speakman on Yorkshire’s unique identity, Tim Barber from Real Yorkshire Tours helping heritage organisation to identify ways of partnering with the tourism sector and the importance of the visitor experience as well as the inspirational Rachel Bice, Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust talk about wildlife being an integral part of cultural heritage.

Colin Speakman
Tim Barber
Rachel Bice

The Summit was very much a forum for debate, discussing issues relevant to volunteer organisations involved in protecting the regions unique and varied heritage. The event was attended by many Civic Societies as well as organisations such The Yorkshire Regiment, The Yorkshire Dialect Society, The Yorkshire Philosophical Society plus organisations representing national parks, local areas and sectors such as wildlife and industrial heritage.

Rosemary Barnes leading a tour
Delegates networking

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