DR Dennis Warwick has retired as chairman of the Burley Local History Group after 25 years of contribution to the comprehensive collection of archives currently located in Burley Library. These archives contain thousands of documents, books, maps, photographs, census returns and some artefacts, which cover all aspects of life in Burley.

Together with his wife, Margaret, a history scholar, who sadly died in 2010, Dennis wrote and published a series of books on key features of Burley history including the story of Greenholme Mills and of their 19th century owners, the Forster family; a History of Schools in Burley-in-Wharfedale and Independent Burley, a study of local government in Burley from the time of the Poor Law of 1601 to 2006. The archives contain collections on World War 1 and its impact on local families, the history of the Parish Church, and copies of census records through which local families can be traced. Dennis and Margaret inspired and supported continued research by the local history group which continues to ensure the archives are open to local residents and offers help and guidance to those making enquiries. In addition Dennis lead walks during the annual Burley Festivals round the historical sites in the village and gave regular talks on topics of particular local interest, the most recent being the life of WE Forster MP and his family.

At the annual general meeting held last week the local history group paid tribute to the pioneering work of Dennis and Margaret saying they remain committed to continuing their important work and research and to ensuring that this valuable collection remains open and accessible to the public at a time when the security of its long term location in Burley Library is uncertain.

Burley Local History Group welcome enquiries, contributions and offers of help. For further information telephone: 01943 863395 or 01943 863502.