Opening up the Gateway to History!

It’s been a while since I blogged, but finally the fun part of the York: Gateway to History project has begun! Me and Sarah have been busy delivering the outreach projects we spent much of last year preparing for and it’s been fantastic to meet lots of lovely people from community groups across York, as well as hear your wonderful memories of the city on our Archives Roadshow.

The Roadshow has been a great way of publicising the new archive service at York Explore and showing off our wonderful community collections – which are now searchable on our online catalogue for the first time. We’ve also been asking you ‘What should York remember?’ to know what people, things or events you think we should be remembering about York for future generations. This will help us think about what kind of archive we create for the future and your responses will form part of an exciting art project coming up later this year. Have a look at some of the fantastic responses we have gathered so far below…

What do you think York should remember? Pop into the Archives Roadshow when it hits a library near you!

Haxby Library – 11th March

Huntington Library – 17th March

Dringhouses Library – 31st March

Fulford Library – 7th April

New Earswick Library – 14th April

You may also know about our Gateway to Your Archives Workshops that we have been hosting at York Explore, aimed at giving local community groups the skills they need to create, manage and use their own archive collections. With two workshops already delivered, we have had some really interesting conversations with members of various community groups across York about how they can preserve the archives and history of their local area.

The aim of the workshops is to give people a fun and interactive introduction to archive storage, looking after digital records, cataloguing and promoting your collection through projects (there is even the chance to have a behind the scenes tour of our brand new archive at York Explore!). Places are still available so if you are interested email for more information.

**NEW WORKSHOP DATE – Gateway to Your Archives: Social Media and the Digital Environment Workshop – 19th March 9:30-12:00 email for more info**

Have a sneak peek at our workshops in the gallery below…

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