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The Legacy of Arthur Raistrick

July 20 - July 21

A weekend event to recognise the life of Dr Arthur Raistrick, whose work to this day influences our understanding and enjoyment of the Yorkshire Dales and beyond! This weekend event is to recognise a life’s work that today influences our understanding and enjoyment of the Yorkshire Dales and beyond!

Saturday will consist of a programme of talks and discussion on the life and work of Arthur Raistrick, including speakers who knew and worked with him.

Dr Arthur Raistrick 1896-1991 was one of the most remarkable scientists and polymaths of the Yorkshire Dales of the twentieth century, perhaps of all time.  His prolific output – with over 330 books and research paper published in his long lifetime – is without equal. But even more significant was his pioneering work in so many different fields, in glacial geology, palynology, field and industrial archaeology, especially lead mining in his native Dales.   In addition Raistrick was one greatest interpreters of Dales historic landscapes, as evidenced by his authorship of several classic books.  He is also still revered as an influential teacher and lecturer, one of the founding fathers of the UK National Park and Access to the Countryside movement, a gentle yet radical Quaker whose uncompromising principles shaped his life and career in quite extraordinary ways.

Indoor meeting (Saturday) & Field Meetings (Sunday)

In partnership with local societies and the Yorkshire Dales National Park

The Devonshire Institute, Grassington

48 Main St, Grassington, BD23 5AZ

Indoor meeting 09:00 – 17:00 Saturday 20th July

Field trips and excursions from 10:00 Sunday 21st July


Arthur Raistrick poster

Event Details


July 20
July 21
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Grassington Town Hall
Main Street Grassington North Yorkshire BD23 5AA United Kingdom + Google Map