First World War is focus of Heritage Forum

The Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is holding its annual Heritage Forum on Friday 10th October at Fearby & Healey Village Hall from 10am to 4pm. It is open to everyone with an interest in the heritage of the area.

The theme of this year’s event will be ‘the First World War and Nidderdale AONB’ and will explore the First World War and its effect on the landscape and communities of the AONB. We will be joined in the morning by Roger Thomas of English Heritage who will talk about First World War Archaeological sites, and Professor Alison Fell from the University of Leeds who will talk about women and war in Yorkshire. They will be followed by a series of presentations on local First World War projects.

The afternoon workshops session will give participants a chance to see first-hand the site of the Leeds Pals training camp at Breary Banks in Colsterdale or discover the industrial heritage of Roundhill Reservoir. Alternatively participants can take part in an indoor session on researching their WW1 family history.

Amanda Walters, WW1 Project Officer, said: “This year’s Heritage Forum will form part of our three year, Heritage Lottery Funded WW1 Centenary Project. The AONB has an amazing First World War heritage and the project is uncovering some fascinating information. This is a great opportunity for people to find out more, as well as share ideas for the future.”

Tickets are priced at £5, to include a buffet lunch and refreshments. The full programme is available on the AONB website at
You can book online at or by contacting the AONB office on 01423 712950 or