York Museums Trust

Events - 21 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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Wicked Wednesday at York Art Gallery – Wed 21 Aug 2024

Wicked Wednesday at York Art Gallery

Date: Wednesday 21 August 2024, 10:15 am - 12:15 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

Wicked Wednesday
Please book a ticket for every child who is attending the session.
Session 1
10.15am – 11am
Session 2
11.30am – 12.15 pm
Suitable for 2 – 8 year olds
Story Craft Theatre will be going on a Wicked Wednesday adventure, and you are all invited!
With the power of imagination, you might find yourselves swinging through a magical garden, jumping over mesmerising mountains or even swimming in a great ocean. All from the comfort of York Art Gallery.
The sessions will include games, singing and an interactive story.
Children must be always accompanied by an adult. Due to space restrictions, a max of 1 adult per booking.
Story Craft Theatre is a children’s theatre company created by Cassie Vallance and Janet-Emily Bruce. After setting up in 2018 they have hosted birthday parties, events and classes throughout the UK. Partnerships have included Castle Howard, National Trust, Rural Arts, Rowntree Park, Theatre 41 and York Theatre Royal.

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Creative Family Wednesdays: Star Carr Special! – Wed 21 Aug 2024

Creative Family Wednesdays: Star Carr Special!

Date: Wednesday 21 August 2024, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Venue: Yorkshire Museum

10:30am – 3:30pm, drop in anytime (no booking required)
FREE, included in general admission ticket price.
Join us on Wednesdays during the school holidays for artist run creative workshops inspired by our Star Carr exhibition delivered outdoors in Museum Gardens next to the Mesolithic Hut. Drop in anytime, no need to book.
Suitable for families of all ages, under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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Phineas Fickletickle’s Totally Tremendous Time-Travel Tincture! – Wed 21 Aug 2024

Phineas Fickletickle’s Totally Tremendous Time-Travel Tincture!

Date: Wednesday 21 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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