Visit York Museums Trust sites for free this York Residents' Festival January 27 and 28 2018

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Visit York Museums Trust sites for free this York Residents’ Festival January 27 and 28 2018

19 January 2018

March with the Suffragettes at York Castle Museum, learn about the birdlife of the York Museum Gardens and be inspired by the art of York Art Gallery later this month as York Museums Trust takes part in the York Residents’ Festival.

On the weekend of January 27 and 28 York Castle Museum, the Yorkshire Museum and York Art Gallery are free to York residents.

This year visitors to York Castle Museum can put on a sash and take up a banner with the Suffragettes as they march on the recreated Victorian Street Kirkgate – just make sure you don’t get arrested by the policeman.

The RSPB will join the York Museum Gardens team to give the public the chance to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch, with the Yorkshire Museum offering bird themed activities.

At York Art Gallery, The Studio will be open for people to try different crafts and create their own masterpieces inspired by the work on show. York Observatory will also be open on Saturday January 27 and there will be a free tour of the York Museum Gardens on Sunday January 28.

Gaby Lees, learning manager for York Museums Trust, said:

“York is blessed with some wonderful attractions and we hope that the people who live in the city will come and explore the buildings and collections the Trust looks after for free this York Residents Festival. We have put on some special events looking at the Suffragette movement at the Castle and craft activities at York Art Gallery.

“We are also lucky enough to have the RSPB joining us for the weekend at the York Museum Gardens, to help visitors spot some of the wonderful bird life, before taking part in bird themed crafts inside the Yorkshire Museum. It should be a hoot!”

To claim free entry to the museums and gallery on either of these dates, please bring a valid YorkCard, York Student Card or Council Tax Bill as proof of residency. Under 17s always go free at all of our sites.


York Castle Museum

The Suffragettes
January 27 and 28, 10am – 4pm
Join our Suffragette on a march down Kirkgate, our recreated Victorian street. Put on a sash, (or a policeman’s helmet if you prefer) make a badge and take up a banner as you join the cause for women’s rights. Be careful you don’t get arrested by the policeman and locked up in our cell! Drop in anytime from 10am to 4pm. Free with admission, no need to book.


York Art Gallery

Studio Drop In Sessions
January 27 and 28, 11am – 4pm
Join us in the Studio for practical art activities as part of the York Residents’ Festival 2018. Free with admission, no need to book.

Art Shot Talks
January 28, 2pm – 3pm
Join our Welcome Team for ten minute talks based on our collections and exhibitions. Available 2pm, 2.15pm, 2.30pm and 2.45pm. Free with admission, no need to book.


Yorkshire Museum & Gardens

Bird-themed Crafts
January 27 and 28, 11am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm
As the Big Garden Birdwatch takes place in the York Museum Gardens, join us inside the museum for bird-related craft activities. Create and decorate a beautiful hanging bird which you can either take home or add to our winter tree display in the museum foyer. Free with admission, no need to book.

Museum Monkeys Drop-Ins
January 27 and 28, 11am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm
Discover what we have to offer for under 5s in our drop-in Museum Monkeys sessions during the York Residents’ Festival. Play with the soft toy birds, listen to the bird sounds, and decorate a bird picture with feathers. Free with admission, no need to book.

Big Garden Birdwatch
January 27 and 28, 10am – 3pm
The Big Garden Birdwatch is fun, free, really easy, and only takes an hour. If you love birds and want to help them, then this is your chance to do something that really counts. Come along to the York Museum Gardens to meet the RSPB and to take part.

On Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th January, the sightings will be recorded on a board at ‘basecamp’, and clipboards and pencils are provided. We’ll have tick-sheets available for anyone who wants to go off and birdwatch by themselves and Garden Guides can give tips on where to find different species. On Saturday 27th there will be guided bird spotting walks at 10.30am, 12.00pm and 1.30pm, each lasting an hour. Free, no need to book.

York Museum Garden Tour
January 28, 1 – 2pm
Meet inside the Museum Street gates and gain an insight into one of the most popular gardens in York. The gardens contain a wealth of plant life, botanical specimens and wildlife, as well as the spectacular ruins of St Mary’s Abbey and the Roman Multangular Tower. Our knowledgeable guides will show you the highlights of this truly unique garden. Tours start at 1pm every Sunday and last approximately one hour. Free, no need to book.