The Yorkshire Group meets at least four times a year. The annual programme usually includes a peer review, a business-related session, a social or indexing-relevant visit and our AGM followed by a Christmas meal. The group includes experienced and new indexers as well as students. It is a welcoming and friendly group offering members support and encouragement as  well as opportunities for continued professional development. All SI and SfEP members are welcome from near and far.

The Yorkshire Group runs a discussion forum that is open to all members of the Society.

Further information

For further information, please contact the Yorkshire group coordinator, Ruth Ellis: yorkshire@indexers.org.uk

Forthcoming meetings



Saturday 20 October, 11.00 am – Café Create, Burton Street, Wakefield WF1 2EB

Peer review. Please see the Yorkshire group members’ forum for details of the text to be indexed.

Wednesday 5 December, 11.30 am –  ASK York, The Grand Assembly Rooms, Blake Street, York, YO1 8QG

Christmas lunch and AGM.


Previous meetings

Wednesday 20 June – Halifax 11am. Meeting at the train station entrance HX1 1QU

Group walking tour of Halifax including a look round the Minster, the new library, Piece Hall and Town Hall followed by lunch at the Square Chapel Café

Monday 23 April, 11.00 a.m – Sheffield, Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James Street, Sheffield S1 2EW

A discussion session on client relationship management. We covered the lifecycle of managing a client, from first negotiations, through managing the indexing schedule, crisis management and discussed how to evaluate your clients in terms of your business. This was followed by lunch at the Blue Moon Café

Wednesday 6 December 2017, 11.30 am –  ASK York, The Grand Assembly Rooms, Blake Street, York, YO1 8QG

Seven group members met on Wednesday 7th December for our informal annual AGM and Christmas lunch at ASK in the Assembly Rooms, York.  We reviewed the meetings we’d held in 2017 and checked the status of our accounts.  Then we scheduled social meetings, a peer review, and workshop session for 2018 before enjoying lunch.  During the meal we discussed the new website & other indexing topics.

Saturday 7 October 2017, 11.00 am – Café Create, Burton Street, Wakefield WF1 2EB

We held our yearly peer review at the Create Café in Wakefield, where six of us met to discuss the text Hali-facts: A heritage discovery trail of Halifax for all ages, a tourist leaflet written with the help of local school children. What seemed initially like a simple text was packed with information and, as is often the case, none of us had included quite the same details.  Our discussion covered the different types of decorative architectural features (memorials can be carvings or statues, but not all statues and carvings are memorials); double entry in short indexes; the tension between creating accurate entries vs following the text and indexing captions.  We discussed the needs and prior knowledge of our potential audience and whether considering format may help – bold headings for main buildings proved popular.

We continued to discuss Halifax over lunch, deciding to consider it for a future group visit, and then shared our experiences of the new Society website and forums.

Jody Ineson

Wednesday 17 May 2017, 11.00 am – National Media Museum, Bradford

Six members of the Yorkshire Group were provided with a very interesting, hour-long, tour of Insight, the Collections and Research Centre of the Museum. This was conducted by Zoe Wolstenholme of the Museum staff. Insight is the secure and supervised access section of the Museum, accessed by arrangement, unlike the many open access areas where the artefacts are on open display in permanent exhibitions: https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/collection-tours

We firstly saw the extensive archive collection of the former Daily Herald Newspaper which was issued between c1911 and 1965. The Herald was born of an industrial dispute as a newssheet, but in 1912 it was made regular and enduring by George Lansbury, who became its editor. The paper maintained a pacifist stance during the First World War. It provided broad support for the Labour movement, but financial difficulties led to the paper becoming incorporated as a voice for the Labour Party and the Trades Union Congress in 1922. The archive is housed in the original filing cabinets and is accessed via the original indexes by persons, places and themes. The collection is composed of a file of monochrome prints and a glass negatives file.

We next moved to the Small Objects Store and viewed the extensive array of historic cameras. The examples cover the whole of chemical photography, in all formats, from the late 1830s up to the advent of digital photography. Many and varied are the box cameras and bellows cameras, with the Kodak name being prominent, and the relatively brief life of Polaroid cameras is also evident. Included also are lantern slide projectors and the later 35mm slide projectors.

The Large Object Store mainly covers the historical realia of cinematography, television, and to some extent computer technology. Such items as the electromechanical, sound effects machine, of the BBC, is also included, as well as items from John Logie-Baird’s early television system.

Finally, we viewed the exquisite and rare collection of Daguerreotypes which remain startlingly sharp and clear images despite their age and the transience of this early era of photography.

The group repaired to the Museum’s Café for lunch rather than to the traditional Bradford curry house. Thanks to Zoe and the Museum.

Glyn Sutcliffe (scottsut@btinternet.com)

Saturday 4 March 2017 at 11.00a.m – Sheffield, Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James Street, Sheffield S1 2EW

Discussion session on working to budget – time, money and page space, followed by lunch at Blue Moon Café.

Wednesday 7 December 2016 – ASK York, The Grand Assembly Rooms, Blake Street, York, YO1 8QG

As usual we planned our December meeting to coincide with the Christmas Fair in York. Eight members met for our informal AGM and Christmas lunch at ASK in the Assembly Rooms. We reviewed the meetings we’d held in 2016 and checked the status of our accounts. Then we scheduled meetings for 2017 before enjoying lunch in the splendid surroundings of the Assembly Rooms. During lunch we discussed the redesign of the SI website and plans for the 2017 conference.

Ruth Ellis

Saturday 15 October 2016 – Café Create, Burton Street, Wakefield WF1 2EB

Six of us met on 15 October at Café Create in Wakefield. The theme was to be about bias and after unsuccessful attempts to find a suitable document to use for a peer review we ended up with a different sort of exercise. We took one of Donald Trump’s policy documents on immigration and had to choose a few terms which we would use for different types of archives – the Trump archive, the Republican Party Archive, The Democratic Party Archive, and The Library of Congress. We all discovered that it was a much more difficult exercise than we originally thought, and that trying to choose biased terms went against our usual indexing instincts of keeping terms neutral. Ruth Ellis led a lively and thought-provoking discussion, and we covered how to deal with topics such as crime, Mexico, “the wall”, employment, immigration control, and illegal immigration. We decided that bias was generally produced with qualifiers rather than the terms themselves. We also discussed how some terms have different meanings in America than they do in Britain. With continuing globalization we wondered how much this will impact on our work as Indexers in the future. We had a lovely lunch before going our separate ways.

Sam Clark