The Yorkshire Branch of the Richard III Society was founded in 1960 at the time of the 500th anniversaries of the Battles of Wakefield and Towton and is the oldest UK Branch of the Society. At this time (1960) members of the recently reformed Richard III Society living in the three Ridings decided to organise some local activities in the county Richard had known and loved.
Membership of the Branch in the present day consists of approximately 200 members annually. We aim to give our members an affordable programme of events throughout the year. Membership includes 3 Branch magazines, Blanc Sanglier, and 3 Newsletters annually plus a monthly Update sent round by email with relevant news, items sent in by members, and information. The Update is also available to non-internet members by 12 x 2nd class stamps per annum.
Branch activities include an Annual Lecture, a Study Day, Battle Commemorations, an AGM, a Dinner, a Branch Day, trips and other events. We have our own printing arm, Rosalba Press, a library, a research programme and a range of relevant merchandise.
In 2010 we held a 50th anniversary celebration day and costumed dinner for this important date in the Branch’s history, and in 2015 a service was held celebrating the life of King Richard at Holy Trinity, Micklegate, York. This service was a celebration of Richard’s life rather than his death. In December 2016 we placed a plaque in Wakefield Bridge Chantry Chapel as a memorial to Edmund, Earl of Rutland, who had no memorial elsewhere, and initiated an analysis of the contents of the Middleham Jewel.
Our website has a full rundown of the Branch, which has information on all aspects of Branch membership and events. The website has many features and includes sections on the Historic sites of Yorkshire including Castles, Northern Churches, Religious Foundations and the City of York.
The first chairman of the new Branch was RJA Bunnett. Over the next fifty five years he has been followed by such Ricardian stalwarts as David Murgatroyed, Arthur Cockerill and John Audsley as Chairman, Mary Saxton and Moira Habberjam in the post of secretary and Dorothy Appleyard as librarian. In 2007 John Audsley was succeeded as Chairman by Ralph Taylor. Sadly only months later, in June 2008, Ralph died. The present Committee under our Chairman Angela Moreton, is endeavouring to carry on the sterling work of their predecesors in the present day continuing to promote a better understanding of a much maligned monarch and the times he lived in, and his connection with our county.
We now have members from many counties throughout England, Scotland, Wales and members throughout the world. It is our aim each year to give members an interesting programme of events and information on all items of interest to Ricardians. Yorkshire is the largest County in England and because of its size we use the approximate centre of the County, York, for the majority of Branch events including the Lecture, Study Day, branch AGM and the Branch Day.
We are justly proud of our county, and hope through our publications and our website to introduce you to the county we call “Gods Own County”, the county we, and Richard, call home, Yorkshire.
As explained earlier members on email receive regular Branch Updates once a month giving all the latest Society, Ricardian and Branch news.
The Branch has an extensive library from which books can be borrowed by contacting the librarian who holds the books. Contact details are Here. We also have a large archive section of issues of the Branch magazine Blanc Sanglier from its inception in the 1960’s.
There is also help available with research should anyone ask. In the last twelve months there have been several interesting items researched including a list of the Yorkist participants at the battle of Bosworth.
Full details of all Branch events, library lists and much more are, as mentioned earlier, can be all found on this website. Please use the navigation menu to navigate around our site.
We also have a range of sales goods with a Ricardian theme. The Branch also prints its own publications under the name Rosalba Press, written by members. The list of books at the moment consists of four titles: A full list of available titles is included in this pack.
We also have also printed a range of booklets for the Branch on Yorkshire families and subjects of interest with a Ricardian theme. A list of these is aso included in the pack.
Should you need any further information on anything pertaining to the Branch please get in touch with the secretary who will be pleased to help. Contact us now.