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History in the Making – A Summer of Crafts at the Yorkshire Museum

Summer 2016 at the Yorkshire Museum saw ‘History in the Making’ – a chance for visitors to carve and mould their way through history! As the museum is home to some of the most impressive Roman artefacts in Britain, this was a great opportunity for visitors to be inspired by our collections and have a go at …

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Ceramic Art York 2016 – by Fiona Green, Collections Facilitator for Art

Ceramic Art York 2016 A Review by York Art Gallery’s Collections Facilitator for Art, Fiona Green. From Friday 9th – Sunday 11th September 2016, Ceramic Art York returned to York Museums Trust for its second year. Run by the Craft Potters Association, it is a ceramic art selling fair showcasing some of the best makers’ work and …

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Coins and Covenanters – by Tristan Griffin, British Numismatic Society Intern

Coins and Covenanters: Coin Hoards and Mapping the Civil Wars in Yorkshire By Tristan Griffin, British Numismatic Society Intern Image below: Map of Yorkshire with hoards dated to 1641-3.

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Coins and Cavaliers – by Tristan Griffin, British Numismatic Society Intern

Coins and Cavaliers: The Civil War Coin Collection at the Yorkshire Museum By Tristan Griffin, British Numismatic Society Intern My name is Tristan Griffin, and I am an intern here at the Yorkshire Museum, working with our civil war coin collection. The British Civil Wars, fought between the royalist ‘cavaliers’ and the parliamentarian ‘roundheads’, with …

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The Return of York Art Walks – by Fiona Green, Collections Facilitator for Art

York Art Walks were initiated by York Art Gallery in 2009 and ran for four years. They were designed to encourage residents and visitors to see some of the lesser-known galleries and artists’ studios in the city. Usually three venues are visited on each occasion, with a short walk between them. In association with York Art …

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Coins, Emperors and Wikipedia – by Joan Pritchard, Numismatics Volunteer

Early in 2016 I volunteered to work with Andrew Woods, Curator of Numismatics, on a Wikipedia project. The idea was to search the online encyclopaedia for images of Roman emperors on their coins. I searched every emperor between Augustus to Honorius, highlighting those who had reigned long enough for coinage to be issued and where coins …

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Community Learning – by Lucy Knock, Assistant Curator of History for Informal Learning

Lucy Knock, Assistant Curator of History for Informal Learning at York Museums Trust, helps facilitate a variety of projects to encourage different community groups to engage with the building and collections at York Castle Museum. Here, Lucy explains some of our recent achievements. Since 2014, York Castle Museum has been running some exciting community arts engagement …

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Colourful Roman Sculpture – by Ellie Nicklin, Research Scholar

York Museums Trust Research Scholar Ellie Nicklin discusses Roman Polychrome Sculpture she has encountered working at the Yorkshire Museum. When asked to imagine a Roman sculpture, it is natural to think of white marble statues that we see in museums today. Yet these blanched sculptures would seem alien to the Romans, who used bright colours …

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My Volunteer Experience at York Castle Museum – by Anni Shepherd, Costumes Volunteer

Volunteer Anni Shepherd has spent months with the York Castle Museum History Team as they prepared for and successfully opened a brand new exhibition, ‘Shaping the Body’, in Easter 2016. Here Anni shares some of her experiences of being a volunteer… My name is Anni and since October 2015 I have been volunteering for the Castle Museum. …

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Coin Offerings to Archbishop Scrope’s Tomb in York Minster – by Peter Fogelberg, Student Volunteer

Peter Fogelberg, exchange student in Archaeology at University of York, volunteer at the numismatic collection at Yorkshire Museum, discusses the personal cult of Archbishop Scrope and the coins found in his tomb. In the 19th century the tomb of Archbishop Scrope (c. 1350 – 1405) in York Minster was opened and within they found upwards of a hundred …

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