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
Snap Your Street: Working with York St John’s Photography Students
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
100 years of Tang Hall
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 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
“Our Letters Keep Us Very Busy.” 19th-Century Family Newspapers and How to Make Your Own
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
Archives Under Quarantine: 5 Ways to Explore Yorkshire’s History without Leaving Home
Now that archives and museums are temporarily closed, it might feel like our portals to the past have vanished. But there are so many ways to explore Yorkshire’s history online. Here are five sites to get you started.
Trainee Thursday: Bridging the Digital Gap.
In 2018, The National Archives launched the first cohort of Bridging the Digital Gap (BDG) trainees. The traineeship was developed to address a skills gap in the sector, but also to contribute to something more ambitious: the vision of a disruptive digital archive...
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
Action packed boxmaking
Hello all, As we near the end of conserving the Poor Law Union and Workhouse Records, I have been busy completing the final lot of repairs to especially damaged material and creating bespoke boxes. Today I thought I would share how I've been making the enclosures. Around fifty of the Poor Law Union volumes are too large, too … Continue reading Action packed boxmaking
Three months go really fast, especially when you always have something to do and you enjoy what you do. So have been my three months working at York Explore Archive: quick, but really interesting. Certainly, working with Julie-Ann, Tiffany and the volunteers who work in this project has been a wonderful experience that I will … Continue reading Final thoughts…