The Archive & Research Group
The Friends’ Archive & Research Group was set up at the beginning of the year to kick-start the vital work of researching the history of the Hall and both the Markenfield and Grantley families.
The first meeting was held at the end of April where the following definition was agreed:
To trace things that we know about
To discover things that we don’t know about by following leads, exploring collections and searching for new sources of information
To research and record the things that we find for future generations
There are several avenues of research that are currently being carried out, these include:
The cataloguing of the 1980s Grantley archive, including John Miller's papers (the architect who oversaw the restoration)
Research at various archives across the county including Northallerton County Archive, The York Minster Archive and the Borthwick Institute
Ongoing research into the Markenfield and Norton family trees
Work to list the Norton family graves, which stretch from Wonersh in the south to West Tanfield just outside Ripon
New members are always welcome and no real talent is needed – simply an interest in, and an enthusiasm for, research. There are lots of different roles and there’s something for everyone – from IT and inputting data into The Friends’ archive catalogue to physically going and looking through historical documents across the country.
The Group meets at the Hall on a not-too-regular basis and if you would like further information please contact Sarah via email@example.com