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Postcards from the Past – by Alan Milner, Visitor Experience Team Member at York Castle Museum

York Castle Museum first opened to the public 80 years ago on 23 April 1938. The museum was founded by Dr John Kirk, a doctor from Pickering in North Yorkshire. He was fascinated by history and vanishing ways of life and began collecting objects that were becoming rare or obsolete. These ‘bygones’ formed the museum’s collection. Visitor …

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York Castle and the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion – by Steve Pickard, York Castle Museum Volunteer

York Castle Museum Volunteer Steve Pickard is one of five volunteers who have been researching into the role that York Castle has played throughout history. Steve’s brief was all about the Jacobite period – find out what he discovered in this blog entry. A Jacobite was a supporter of the exiled royal house of the …

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Silk, Sleeves, and Sweat: Part 3 – by Dr M Faye Prior, Collections Facilitator (History) at York Castle Museum

Welcome to the third and final entry in our mini-series about some of the latest additions to our collection of 18th-century menswear here at York Castle Museum. In this post you’ll find out about a surprisingly sparkly two piece suit from the 1780s – take a look at the photos in the gallery at the …

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Researching the Suffragettes 100 Years On – by Emma Flint, York Castle Museum Volunteer

This year marks the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which gave the vote to some women in Britain. York Castle Museum volunteer Emma Flint has been helping to research the history of women’s suffrage, which will be shared with visitors to the museum in regular talks. Find out more in this …

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Silk, Sleeves, and Sweat: Part 2 – by Dr M Faye Prior, Collections Facilitator (History) at York Castle Museum

York Castle Museum’s History Team are excited to tell you about the latest historic clothes to come into our collection – a wonderful selection of Georgian menswear. This is the second of three blog posts about these fascinating garments by Dr M Faye Prior, our Collections Facilitator (History). Welcome to the second in our mini …

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Silk, Sleeves, and Sweat – Part 1: Georgian Menswear in the York Castle Museum Collection – by Dr M Faye Prior, Collections Facilitator (History)

York Castle Museum’s History Team are excited to tell you about the latest historic clothes to come into our collection – a wonderful selection of Georgian menswear. This is the first of three blog posts about these fascinating garments by Dr M Faye Prior, our Collections Facilitator (History). We’re especially happy to welcome menswear …

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New Ceramic Acquisitions at the Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA), York Art Gallery

The Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA) at York Art Gallery highlights and celebrates York Museums Trust’s collection of British Studio Ceramics, which is the largest and among the most important in the UK. In addition to showcasing our existing collection, we also strive to acquire new pieces and have been lucky enough to be …

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More Than Words: A New Exhibition of Work by Sara Radstone – by Hannah Savage, York Art Gallery Team Leader

York Art Gallery Team Leader Hannah Savage has been providing visitors with short talks on some of the exhibitions, works and artists we have on display including in the Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA). CoCA’s latest exhibition, ‘More Than Words’, features the work of British artist Sara Radstone –  find out more about the artist …

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Lingwell Gate Roman Coin Moulds – 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. Here’s an update from Emily on the Lingwell Gate Roman Coin Moulds. As part of …

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Art Research Trip to Madrid – by Fiona Green, Collections Facilitator Art

Fiona Green (Collections Facilitator, Art at York Art Gallery) was selected as the winner of the 2017 York Museums Trust’s Robin Guthrie Travel Bursary, travelling to Madrid to research and develop her knowledge of fine and decorative art. Read more about Fiona’s experience in this blog entry. As part of my AMA career development …

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