Here is the second guest blog from Eva Barker, one of our brilliant York St John's University placement students Plan of Anglian Tower excavations c1970 The site around York Library has a dense history, many of the buildings previously on this site still have visible remnants today, including the Mint Yard, St Leonard’s Hospital’s crypt … Continue reading The Anglian Tower and its excavation
Guest blog from Eva Barker, one of our fabulous York St John's placement students. Recently I had the privilege of volunteering at York Explore’s archives where I came across a photographic survey conducted in the 1970s by Mr C. Richards. They were a perfect example of the incredible conservation work the city carries out to … Continue reading Conserving York’s Bar Walls
Whilst the archives service at York Explore has been closed for most of the last year with the national lockdowns, we've thankfully still been able to continue with some of our partnership projects. Earlier this year we worked with York St John's University first year Photography students on a project inspired by the historic images … Continue reading Snap Your Street: Working with York St John’s Photography Students
We are delighted this week to welcome our guest blogger, Connie Rout, who has undertaken research into our health and housing records as part of her University of York IPUP placement within her MA in Medieval History. Connie has created four fantastic videos based on her research, which we will be sharing with you via … Continue reading Health, Poverty and Social Change: What the Streets of York Can Teach Us
This week we're welcoming a guest blog from IPUP placement student Charles Newton who has been doing work with Councillor George Norman to prepare for the Tang Hall Centenary celebrations. New houses being built on the Tang Hall estate, c.1920. (c) City of York Council / Explore York Libraries and Archives Mutual Ltd (Ref: y352_96) … Continue reading 100 years of Tang Hall
The story behind our much-loved audio play, now available as a podcast It is the summer of 2019 (i.e. a lifetime ago!) and we have asked a local scriptwriter, Paul Birch, to come and view a sample of items from York’s civic archives. Laid out on the table are a selection of records, but Paul … Continue reading The Nuisance Inspector – from archives to script
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Archives are the places – whether physical or digital – where visitors revitalise the past. Engaging with traces of life, interpreting them anew, is what keeps history alive.
Today, Francesca discusses the work we've recently been doing on our Uncovering York's Sporting Heritage project... For many of York’s residents, men and women, young and old, the thrill of being in the crowd at Bootham Crescent and cheering on York City’s ‘Minstermen’ has been one of the defining experiences of York life. From the … Continue reading Uncovering York’s Football Heritage: A Look through the Archive
The mainstream news circles endlessly around the covid-19 pandemic. Our own movements, interactions, and activities are severely limited. Sometimes the days just seem to roll into one. So how can we find ways to delineate the hours and keep track of them? Is there a way to share our news with friends and family beyond … Continue reading “Our Letters Keep Us Very Busy.” 19th-Century Family Newspapers and How to Make Your Own