Author: Jenny McGarvey (Community Collections Assistant)

Bye Everyone!

The time has come for me to leave Explore so I thought I’d share a few of my favourite memories with you from the last 7 months. And what an incredible 7 months it’s been! I feel very privileged to have had the chance to work on the York: Gateway to History project- I’ve met … Continue reading Bye Everyone!

Introducing ‘Voices of the Archives’…

I’m afraid I’ve been reasonably quiet on the blog over the past month, but I’ve been working away on our Voices of the Archives campaign. And what an exciting project it’s been! It all started off with an idea to promote some of our community archive collections- but we didn’t want to show you the … Continue reading Introducing ‘Voices of the Archives’…

York Panorama: A Few of my Favourite Panels!

Those of you who follow us on Twitter and Facebook will know that we've been counting down the days to Christmas with an archive advent of different panels from our new public art installation. But if you don't follow us on social media then fear not! I'm going to highlight a few of my favourite … Continue reading York Panorama: A Few of my Favourite Panels!

Our Art Installation has Landed!!

It’s been an exciting week here at Explore York Libraries and Archives! On Friday night, it was our community celebration event to mark the end of our Heritage Lottery Funded York: Gateway to History project. Not only that, it was also the launch of our fabulous new public art installation! The piece was produced by … Continue reading Our Art Installation has Landed!!

Digging for gold in our community collections: Round Three!

Yep- it’s time for another one of these posts where I pick out some of our lovely community collections to show you again. This time, I’ve chosen to tell you about a collection that is very special to me, as it was the first-ever collection that I catalogued! It is the York Penitentiary Society collection … Continue reading Digging for gold in our community collections: Round Three!

Digging for gold in our community collections: Round Two!

Just like last week’s blog post, this post focuses on some individual items from our wonderful community archive collections (and yes, I am biased- but I hope you’ll soon see why I think they’re so wonderful!). Don't forget- you can click on any of the images in this post to see a larger version of … Continue reading Digging for gold in our community collections: Round Two!

Digging for gold in our community collections…

Working with Explore’s diverse community collections is fantastic. We manage collections not only from local community groups, but from families, individuals and businesses too. No collection is the same, and that is what makes them so special. What is even more exciting is when you come across an item in a collection that really stands … Continue reading Digging for gold in our community collections…

Popping into Poppleton’s History!

Calling all history-bods, archive boffins and Poppletonians! There's a new display at Poppleton Library and you must go and see it! I’ve recently been working with the Poppleton History Society (PHS) to create a display showcasing some items from their wonderful archive collection. Their collection first became publicly available in 2014 as part of Explore's … Continue reading Popping into Poppleton’s History!

Update: Explore’s Art Project!

Back in August, Sarah published a blog post telling you all about our exciting art installation that will soon be in place on the archives landing here at Explore. We thought it was about time we posted an update on this project that's got all of us here at Explore on the edges of our … Continue reading Update: Explore’s Art Project!