York Museums Trust

Events - 12 Aug 23

Summer Fun at the Yorkshire Museum! – Fri 14 Jul 2023

Summer Fun at the Yorkshire Museum!

Dates: Friday 14 July 2023–Wednesday 20 September 2023, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Venue: Yorkshire Museum

Join us for family friendly fun at the Yorkshire Museum all summer long!

Meet fossil hunter Mary Anning, follow our Jurassic Trail, and join Creative Family Wednesdays!

All events included in general admission.

Learn more about these activities here!

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Summer of Fun at York Castle Museum – Wed 26 Jul 2023

Summer of Fun at York Castle Museum

Dates: Wednesday 26 July 2023–Sunday 3 September 2023, All Day
Venue: York Castle Museum

Head to York Castle Museum this summer to explore over 400 years of York’s history!

Travel back in time to our famous Victorian Street, Kirkgate, and soak up the sights, sounds and smells of Victorian York. Then explore our original prison cells that once held the notorious highwayman Dick Turpin!

The popular outdoor Playbox, run by Playful Anywhere, will be BACK at the museum this August. Full of fun indoor and outdoor activities there’s something for everyone to enjoy – whatever the weather! Visitors can also enjoy NEW and exciting ‘imagination’ stations and watch fun cooking demonstrations in the Castle Kitchen! Find out more about each of these activities here.

New for Summer 2023 visit our latest exhibition ‘Celebrating York’s Gypsy and Traveller Heritage’, developed in partnership with York Travellers Trust. Through photography and historical information, learn about their important connections to the city, and then enjoy its activity space where you can create your very own beautiful paper flower.

All activities are included in general admission to York Castle Museum. Please note the Playbox will be open everyday in August from 11am-3pm.

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Floral Still Life Drawing Workshop  – Sat 12 Aug 2023

Floral Still Life Drawing Workshop 

Date: Saturday 12 August 2023, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

Floral Still Life Drawing Workshop 

12th August 2023, 10am – 12pm  £15 per person, booking required. 

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The sessions are suitable for beginners and for those who have drawn before and wish to rekindle their desire to draw again. You can brush up on basic techniques and explore new ones with different media.
Inspired by our exhibition Bloom, we will work from plants and flowers to introduce you to the formal elements of drawing, exploring line, tone, texture, mark making and colour.
Flower drawing can teach us to see more and to see better, with detailed observation as to how flowers work and how to make sense of them on paper.  They are rarely as we think they are.  Once we understand their key characteristics, we can draw them in a loose and free way, and they still hold together and make sense.  Once we have learned this observation, we can apply it to different subjects.
We will cover drawing techniques using a range of media, including charcoal, pencil and both oil and soft pastels.
Taking images from the Bloom exhibition as our inspiration, we will start by drawing and painting simple leaves, stems and single flowers before looking at making composition studies.
During the session, you should be able to…
Apply skills in an observational study using a range of drawing media.
Use line, tone, and texture as expressive and descriptive elements.
Confidently select and simplify complex forms.
Materials will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own.
Rob is a York-based artist and tutor. As a workshop leader, Rob encourages, advises and listens, so please do come along and take advantage of his skills and experience.
This workshop is part of our ‘Bloom’ exhibition events programme.
Suitable for those aged 16+ (under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult)

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Meet Mary Anning! – Sat 12 Aug 2023

Meet Mary Anning!

Date: Saturday 12 August 2023, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Venue: Yorkshire Museum

Meet Mary Anning!
Included in general admission
Every Friday & Saturday in York School holidays (28 July – 2 September 2023)

Meet Mary Anning at the Yorkshire Museum every Friday and Saturday during the York school holidays! Explore our new display, listen to Anning’s inspiring stories and have the opportunity to ask her any questions about her incredible discoveries.

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Bloom Reading Group – Sat 12 Aug 2023

Bloom Reading Group

Date: Saturday 12 August 2023, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Venue: York Art Gallery

Bloom Reading Group with artist Jade Blood

12  August 2023, 10.30am – 11.30am 

Included with exhibition entry charge, no booking required.    

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Join Jade for an informal reading group, she will share texts which have informed her thinking around the installation in the Bloom exhibit. The conversation will be steered by the attendees and the reading is an accessible mixture of sci-fi, ecology and fiction. All abilities are welcome! 


This workshop is part of our ‘Bloom’ exhibition events programme. 


Workshop suitable for ages 16+ (Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult)


Another session will run on the 16th September.

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Life Drawing – Model as Muse – Sat 12 Aug 2023

Life Drawing - Model as Muse

Date: Saturday 12 August 2023, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

Join us at York Art Gallery for life drawing workshops; whether you are a regular participant, would like to hone your skills, or try life drawing for the first time, these regular two-hour immersive Saturday sessions, led by Rob Oldfield, are a wonderful way to experience life drawing in a supportive and friendly environment.

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