The Ryedale Vernacular Building Materials Research Group was formed in 2002 as a multi-disciplinary research forum to bring together groups, societies, institutions and individuals who have an interest in the vernacular and other buildings of North and East Yorkshire, and in particular the building stones and source quarries. The group aims to:
  • Survey, identify and record features of vernacular buildings in the study areas
  • Classify such buildings as High Status or Low Status
  • Identify and record the rock groups used in their construction
  • Relate building materials to local geology
  • Identify and record primary use and/or secondary reused Building Stones
  • Survey and record sites as potential RIGS (Regionally Important Geological and Geomorphologic Sites) or SSSI/SINCS (Sites of Special Scientific Interest or Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation)
  • Provide rock sample collections of local building stones for interested parties
  • Provide rock descriptions/identification for potential surveyors
  • Raise awareness of the geo-educational value of local building materials, including brick and tiles
  • Create a database of relevant publications and field reports for sites
Since June 2010 the group has been inactive, primarily due to the lack of a leader/co-ordinator, although individual members continue to research related areas independently. If you are interested in any aspect of the work of the group, or even in resurrecting the group, please do get in touch via the Contact us page.