York Museums Trust

Events - 17 Aug 24

Mesolithic Life Comes Alive in York! – Wed 7 Aug 2024

Mesolithic Life Comes Alive in York!

Dates: Wednesday 7 August 2024–Sunday 1 September 2024, All Day
Venue: Yorkshire Museum

‘Britain’s Oldest House’ to be Built in Museum Gardens!

7 August to 1 September 2024 

Just what is it like to build and live in a Mesolithic House? 11,000 years ago our ancestors were not just surviving, they were thriving and this summer, visitors to York’s Museum Gardens can see the challenges of building a Mesolithic house for themselves and find out more about these ancient people’s lives from the exhibition in the Yorkshire Museum. 

From 7 August, a team from the York Museums Trust and the University of York, and experts in ancient technology and archaeology, will build a Mesolithic house using evidence gleaned from the world famous prehistoric archaeological site at Star Carr in Yorkshire.  One of the most important discoveries at the site was the oldest known house in Britain. The house construction in the Museum gardens will be based on evidence from the archaeological site using techniques and materials, such as stone tools and plant materials which would have been used 11,000 years ago.  Professor Nicky Milner, Head of Archaeology, and Dr Jess Bates, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of York, are spearheading the project with experts Diederik Pomstra and Leo Wolterbeek and support from Dr Adam Parker, Curator of Archaeology at York Museums Trust. This project has been made possible by funding from the National Heritage Lottery Fund.  

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Meet Me at The Yorkshire Museum – Sat 17 Aug 2024

Meet Me at The Yorkshire Museum

Date: Saturday 17 August 2024, All Day
Venue: Yorkshire Museum

Meet Me at The Yorkshire Museum is included in general admission.


Ever wanted to visit a Viking?

Run into a Roman?

Follow the footsteps of a Fossil Hunter?

Meet a Medieval Storyteller?

…. A whole host of exciting characters will be dropping into the Yorkshire Museum this year!

This is YOUR invitation to ….



Suitable for all ages.

Short stories and object handling throughout the day. Times will be advertised at the Museum on the day.

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Star Carr Skills Weekend – Sat 17 Aug 2024

Star Carr Skills Weekend

Dates: Saturday 17 August 2024–Sunday 18 August 2024, All Day
Venue: Yorkshire Museum

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th August 

10:30-4pm drop-in sessions, times advertised on the day (no booking required) 


Ever wondered how you can turn nettles into twine or shale into decorative pendants? Join expert Chris Woodland as he introduces you to Mesolithic craftsmanship using natural materials and learn the skills needed for everyday life at Star Carr.    


Chris Woodland is an experimental archaeologist and prehistoric crafts practitioner. Most recently, he has taught prehistoric craft workshops at Creswell Crags and the Kierikki Stone Age Centre in Finland. His workshops are complemented by his academic background in prehistoric archaeology. In-depth research goes into each workshop, tracing the origins of skills and knowledge back to our ancient ancestors.  


All activities are free and will take place in the marquee next to the Mesolithic Hut on the main lawn outside the Yorkshire Museum. Participating children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  

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Capture Monet’s Water Lilies in Watercolour (SOLD OUT) – Sat 17 Aug 2024

Capture Monet's Water Lilies in Watercolour (SOLD OUT)

Date: Saturday 17 August 2024, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

17 August


£20.00 per person

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Join local watercolour artist and stationery designer, Kate Hall, for a special workshop inspired by Monet’s iconic waterlilies. In this beginners’ workshop you will learn to mix, layer and blend colour, embracing the fluid medium of watercolour. Throughout the workshop you will observe live demonstrations and follow step-by-step tutorials, to paint a detailed waterlily set against a beautiful impressionist background.

This workshop will take place on our balcony overlooking our artists’ garden and Monet inspired wildflower meadow (weather permitting – the workshop will move indoors in adverse weather conditions).

All materials will be provided. 

Suitable for those aged 16+ (under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult at all times)

This workshop is part of our National Treasures: Monet in York exhibition events programme. Entry to the exhibition and our permanent collections is included in the price.

Find out more about the exhibition here  

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Phineas Fickletickle’s Totally Tremendous Time-Travel Tincture! – Sat 17 Aug 2024

Phineas Fickletickle’s Totally Tremendous Time-Travel Tincture!

Date: Saturday 17 August 2024, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Venue: York Castle Museum

Included in general admission, three performances throughout the day.


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Join Phineas Fickletickle with his imaginary enchanted hot air balloon, as he travels round the museum to help his friends get back to their own time period using his collection of magical tinctures. They will visit Medieval, Georgian and Edwardian periods, as well as the 1960s, so there’s plenty to discover and learn. Visitors can follow these promenade performances which will run for 30 minutes at 11 am, 1 pm and 2.30 pm

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