Register for ROYS 2024

We’re delighted that you can now book tickets for this year’s conference here: 

If the above booking portal isn’t working, you can find a direct link to the booking site here:

Please check to ensure you’ve booked both days if you’re attending on Thursday and Friday. If you’d like to attend the object engagement session and tour, please ensure you select this too. If this option is showing as sold out, please email us at to register your interest. We will then be able to advise if more spaces become available.

This year we are pleased to be able to offer lunch on both days, thanks to the generosity of the University of Huddersfield. If you have any specific dietary requirements, please email us at help@ridingsofyorkshiresociety so that we can check with the catering provider whether they will be able to accommodate your needs. You are of course welcome to bring your own lunch.

Please be aware that space is limited to do the constraints of our venue. If you’re presenting at the conference, we’ve already accounted for you and there’s no need to book your own space. We look forward to welcoming you all to Huddersfield in June!

If you’re experiencing difficulties with registration, or have any other questions, you can get in touch with us at


Thursday 13th June

Welcome and Introduction (10am-10.30am)

Panel 1: Ports and Maritime Yorkshire (10.30-11.20am)
John Emmerson- “A healthy and hardy calling”: Creating the Victorian Fishing Labour Force
Ryan Clarke- Hull and the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-1920

Morning Break (11.20am-11.30am)

Panel 1.5: Ports and Maritime Yorkshire (11.30am-12.20pm)
Lewis Carter- The stability of memory and identity in the regeneration of urban maritime
spaces in Britain.
Siddi Majubah- Recovering forgotten black mariners in Hull

Lunch (12.20pm-1.20pm)

Keynote Speaker- Dr Nick Evans (1.20pm-2.20pm)

Afternoon Break

Panel 2: Economic Yorkshire: Industry and Identity in Yorkshire (2.20pm-3.10pm)
Emma Robson- The Robson Family of Huddersfield
Emma Knutzen- Igniting Progrss: Standard Firework’s Impact on Yorkshire’s History and

End of Day (3.10-3.30pm)

Friday 14th

Welcome and Introduction (10.00am-10.30am)

Panel 3: Industrial Yorkshire (10.30am-11.20am)
Lauren Theweneti- title forthcoming
Gill Crawshaw- Any work that wanted doing: an artistic response to research into disabled
mill workers

Morning Break (11.20am-11.30am)

Panel 4: Inter-War Yorkshire and the Second World War (11.30am-12.20pm)
Michael Mackey- WWII Defence Regulations: Hull’s Unique Interpretation
Joshua Clarskon- A War Between the Wars: The History of the Keighley Labour Party Between 1918 and 1939

Lunch (12.20pm-1.20pm)

Panel 5: Belonging and Identity in Yorkshire (1.20pm-2.10pm)
Jonathan Brockbank- Interrogating the Brontes: Phyllis Bentley and the West Riding
Samuel Higson-Blythe- Walking The Past: Wakefield, involuntary memory and the line between life writing and fiction

Afternoon Break (2.10pm-2.20pm)

Panel 5.5: Belonging and Identity in Yorkshire (2.20pm-3.10pm)
Diane Halford- The Life of Ann Walker
Ella McFarlane- “It’s Queer Up North”: An exploration into the relationship between place
and queer identity in West Yorkshire, 1985-1995

End of Day (3.10pm-3.30pm)