Author: Julie-Ann Vickers

The Nuisance Inspector – from archives to script

The Nuisance Inspector – from archives to script

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

Read about some of the fascinating research being carried out on our recently catalogued  Poor Law records...our guest blogger from Clements Hall Local History Group tells us about their project.   What was it like to be poor in 19th century York?  Clements Hall Local History Group is using recently catalogued Explore York Poor Law … Continue reading

York and the 1918 ‘Spanish’ Influenza Pandemic

One hundred years ago, the ‘Spanish Influenza’ attacked York Hello, I'm Chloe - from January to March of this year I've been on a placement at York Explore, researching the impact the 1918-1919 Spanish Flu had on York. As a History Masters student, I'm used to research, but this has been a new and exciting … Continue reading York and the 1918 ‘Spanish’ Influenza Pandemic

York’s sanitary inspection books – more than just old drains

York’s sanitary inspection books – more than just old drains

It has been a busy start to the autumn for the Past Caring team. Tiffany, our conservator, has been working hard along with her volunteers to repair, clean and package the Poor Law records. Meanwhile I have moved on to the records of York’s Medical Officer of Health and the Health Department, which date from the … Continue reading York’s sanitary inspection books – more than just old drains

Archive volunteers needed!

Archive volunteers needed!

We have a new opportunity to volunteer with our fabulous Past Caring archives project at York Explore. You will be helping us to catalogue and conserve York’s healthcare records dating from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience working with original archives in a friendly group environment. Volunteers for this … Continue reading Archive volunteers needed!

Improving York one street at a time

Improving York one street at a time

York's City Commissioners (aka the Improvement Commissioners) Many of you may not be familiar with York’s City Commissioners, a group of officials who had the unenviable task of improving the condition of York’s streets in the first half of the nineteenth century. At the moment I am working on the catalogue for their records and … Continue reading Improving York one street at a time

Fever, flagstones, and flushing: an introduction to York’s health care records

Fever, flagstones, and flushing: an introduction to York’s health care records

The cataloguing strand of the Past Caring project has now reached an important juncture. In April I completed work on the records of York’s Poor Law Union and Workhouse. With the help of our magnificent project volunteers, we have created over 2700 entries, which will be available on our online catalogue next year. The Poor … Continue reading Fever, flagstones, and flushing: an introduction to York’s health care records

An appreciation of the humble minute book

An appreciation of the humble minute book

We’ve all been there, you turn up to a meeting at work, or at a club or society, everyone gets settled, and then someone asks that dreaded question: do we have anyone to take the minutes? Cue much shuffling of paper and attempts to look busy in the hope that some heroic person will volunteer. … Continue reading An appreciation of the humble minute book