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York Museums Trust invites York’s Hull Road residents to delve into the past in new community research project

New research project, ‘Heritage Hunters’, will look back in time and find out about the people who have previously lived in the area

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York Museums Trust are excited to be working with residents from York’s Hull Road in a new community project involving research into the area’s historic past. The project entitled ‘Heritage Hunters’ is in partnership with York Explore and has been made possible due to generous funding from the City of York Council, York CVS and Make It York.

As a historic Roman route from York to Brough, Hull Road boasts a wealth of history. York Museums Trust are inviting members of the public to take part in the research project, which will enable people to explore, learn and discover more about the previous inhabitants of the area, as well as providing an opportunity for participants to meet new people.

Philip Newton, Communities Engagement Researcher at York Museums Trust, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with York Explore to bring this exciting project to the residents of Hull Road.

“To take part in the project you don’t need any researching experience, just enthusiasm for finding out more about where you live! It’s great to be able to offer people a chance to find out more their local area, and to give people the opportunity to learn and develop skills in historical research. We hope people are keen to get involved, find the research fun and interesting and meet new people along the way!”

The first session will be an event at York Castle Museum, where participants will have the opportunity to browse some museum collections and learn how to uncover historic stories.  Participants will then be invited to an online workshop presented by York Explore, focusing on how to use their library and archive to research local history. This will be followed by a library visit with the archivist who will share collections related to your area. Participants will be supported by York Castle Museum to record any histories found and the project will culminate with a celebration event in the community, giving those who have taken part the opportunity to share the new and exciting research.

 If you’re interested in taking part you can also contact Philip Newton by emailing volunteering@ymt.org.uk.