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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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CLAY The Museum of Ceramic Art, Denmark – by Jane Boughton, Ceramics Collector

CLAY, Museum of Ceramic Art Denmark, at Middelfart is two hours by train from Copenhagen, plus a 15-minute walk, an easy day out from the capital. Its home is Grimmerhus, an 1857 dower house, one of the first villas built in Denmark, a striking red painted brick with an orange pan-tiled roof. The new 1,500 m2 galleries …

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Unconventional Roman Sculpture – by Ellie Nicklin, Research Scholar

York Museums Trust Research Scholar Ellie Nicklin discusses two Sculptures she has encountered working at the Yorkshire Museum. I’m the recipient of the 2015/16 Studentship Partnership between the University of York’s History of Art Department and the Yorkshire Museum. My work within the Museum focuses around the Roman Collection, in particular the sculptural objects. …

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Drop Dead Gorgeous: A Talk on the Fashion for Tuberculosis in 19th Century England – by M Faye Prior, Collections Facilitator

On Saturday 16 April 2016, the York Castle Museum’s History Team held a special event looking at this more unusual aspect of 1840s fashion as part of the new exhibition, Shaping the Body. Find out more… Last Saturday the Castle Museum explored the fascinating world of ‘TB Chic’, a fashion phenomenon at its height in the 1840 …

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Pictures of the Great War: Feeling the Heat, Knowing the Chill – by Jessica Schouela, Exhibition Volunteer

Exhibition Volunteer Jessica Schouela reviews York Art Gallery’s latest exhibition, Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War. The heat emanating from the second room of York Art Gallery’s current exhibition, Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War is nearly palpable; the closer I approach Anna Airy’s …

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