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Creating Costumes for York Castle Museum – by Joanna Rowling and Nikita Lund, Costume Volunteers

This summer, our Costume Volunteers at York Castle Museum have been busy creating replica garments using historic patterns and authentic techniques. The finished costumes are worn by guides and volunteers on our Victorian street, Kirkgate. In this blog entry, volunteers Joanna Rowling and Nikita Lund share their experiences. Nikita: I am a costume student from …

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Tempest Anderson’s Photographs – by Rebecca Hall, Science Team Volunteer

With the digitisation process well underway, York Museums Trust Natural Sciences volunteer Rebecca Hall takes a look at some of the treasures from the Tempest Anderson photographic collection. Tempest Anderson, an amateur volcanologist, donated his entire collection of photographic slides to the Yorkshire Museum upon his death in 1913. For many years he chased volcanic eruptions …

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Bringing Tempest Anderson to Life – by Rebecca Hall, Science Team Volunteer

York Museums Trust volunteers Rebecca Hall and Barbara Boize have been working with our digitisation officer Chris Streek to digitise the vast collection of Tempest Anderson’s photographic slides. In this blog entry, Rebecca gives an overview of this painstaking process. Tempest Anderson was an amateur volcanologist and photographer from York who travelled across the …

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Bowl and Chain: Slavery in Roman Yorkshire – by Emily Tilley, Collections Facilitator for Roman Archaeology

Emily Tilley, Collections Facilitator for Roman Archaeology, is currently working on the ‘Old Collections, New Questions’ Roman Research Project, collaborating with curators, experts, researchers, volunteers, and enthusiasts to look at York Museums Trust’s Roman collections in new ways. As part of the ‘Old Collections, New Questions’ Roman Research Project I am carrying out an …

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Tempest Anderson: The Man Behind the Camera – by Rebecca Hall, Science Team Volunteer

York Museums Trust volunteer Rebecca Hall is spending three months with the Yorkshire Museum Science Team. She is involved with digitising the Tempest Anderson collection of photographs – here’s the first in a series of blogs on Rebecca’s experience. Tempest Anderson was born in York in 1846, the son of a successful doctor with a …

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‘Forward to Victory’, A Changing Spaces Project – by Lucy Knock, Assistant Curator of Social History (Informal Learning)

A large part of York Castle Museum’s HLF funded ‘Changing Spaces’ project is the Learning and Activity Programme, which runs 2014-2018. The project’s latest achievement is ‘Forward to Victory’, a youth theatre production working with the York Theatre Royal. Lucy Knock, Assistant Curator of Social History (Informal Learning), tells us more in this …

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The Methall Hoard – by Gaenor Rudall, Numismatics Volunteer

YMT volunteers Gaenor Rudall and Olivia Farrow recently gave a talk at the Yorkshire Museum on the Methall hoard, a group of Roman coins that they’ve been documenting for the past nine months. Here’s a taste of what they said… The hoard was discovered in 1856, at Methall Hall Farm near Nunburnholme, a few …

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‘Old Collections, New Questions’ Roman Study Day – by Emily Tilley, Collections Facilitator for Roman Archaeology

Emily Tilley, Collections Facilitator for Roman Archaeology at York Museums Trust, discusses the recent ‘Old Collections, New Questions’ Roman Study Day and the project’s next steps. On Friday 24th February the Yorkshire Museum hosted 78 academics, museum professionals, volunteers, students, locals, and enthusiasts for a Study Day to launch the ‘Old Collections, New Questions’ Roman …

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Ask the Expert Q&A 13 March 2017: HLF Funding for Museums– with Louise Clare

Louise Clare, Development Manager for Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire, will be answering your questions on  Monday 13 March between 2pm to 3pm GMT. Louise Clare is the Development Manager for Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire. The Heritage Lottery Fund offer a range of different grant programmes with grants from £3,000 to over £5 million. In assessing applications, we take …

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Responding to Flesh: Queer Sundays at York Art Gallery – by The Model

As part of our current exhibition Flesh, York Art Gallery have been hosting Cast Off Drama for Queer Sundays.  a series of events inviting performance artists and visitors to engage with the artwork on display and explore LGBT stories and identities. Here one of the models describes their experience of one of the events… If …

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