William the Conqueror Lecture – an apology

William the Conqueror Lecture – an apology

We would like to offer our sincere apologies to all those who came to our lecture on 14th November and were turned away. Alongside our sincere apologies we wish to provide some explanation of how the situation arose.

We take pride in our tradition of mounting lectures which are open to the public without advance booking and, as regular attenders will know, the Tempest Anderson Hall had always been large enough to accommodate our audiences. The most popular subjects have had a very local theme and we have on occasion made these ticketed events (our talk some years ago on the Middleham Jewel, for example) but we did not anticipate that last Tuesday’s lecture would come into this category. As one of a series of joint events with the University of York’s Normans in the North programme, we were aware that it would be promoted via the University’s channels and to counter this we did not do our usual promotion to the public. Our largest audiences over the last two years have been 240 and we estimate that a further hundred people, including many students, arrived on the 14th, a number we in no way expected.

We can only stress that we will be ticketing future joint lectures when there is a possibility of an event being oversubscribed. We will purchase Professor David Bates’ book on William I for the Lodge library so members may borrow it.

Our next lecture, Star Carr by Professor Nicky Milner, has not been promoted by the University of York so we expect attendance to return to a normal level. However, because of the Christmas in the Museum Gardens event access will only be possible through the Museum Street gate (opposite Lendal) and a security guard will be checking membership cards, which may make entry to the Gardens slower than usual. We recommend coming along early and having your membership cards to hand (non-members should please be prepared to give the name and start time of the lecture).

We are grateful for your patience and understanding and will do our utmost to ensure the situation on November 14th does not occur again.

YPS Council