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Volunteer’s Gallery Talk – Thu 21 Mar 2019

Exterior photo of York Castle Museum's 'Women's Prison' building opposite the Eye of York

Date: Thursday 21 March 2019, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue: York Castle Museum

Join one of our knowledgeable volunteers every Tuesday and Thursday for a free talk from 12pm. The subject will vary but will relate to one of the displays in the museum.

Included in admission, no need to book.

Please note that as these talks are volunteer-led, we cannot guarantee that they will always take place. Please ring ahead on 01904 687687 or check with our Welcome Team on arrival in case of cancellation.

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Visitor Experience Team Talks – Thu 21 Mar 2019

A statue of a head. The statue is next to a portrait.

Date: Thursday 21 March 2019, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

Join our Visitor Experience Team for talks based on York Art Gallery’s collections and exhibitions.

The talks take place between 2-3pm every day (expect Wednesdays and Saturdays) and are free with gallery admission. There’s no need to book.

For more details, please ask Admissions on the day of your visit.

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Visitor Experience Team Talks – Fri 22 Mar 2019

A statue of a head. The statue is next to a portrait.

Date: Friday 22 March 2019, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

Join our Visitor Experience Team for talks based on York Art Gallery’s collections and exhibitions.

The talks take place between 2-3pm every day (expect Wednesdays and Saturdays) and are free with gallery admission. There’s no need to book.

For more details, please ask Admissions on the day of your visit.

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York Observatory Open Day – Sat 23 Mar 2019

A building with a triangular roof in a public outdoor space.

Date: Saturday 23 March 2019, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Venue: York Museum Gardens

Built in 1832 and 1833 and restored in 1981, York Observatory (which is nestled in York Museum Gardens) is the oldest working observatory in Yorkshire.

It houses a 4inch refractor telescope made by Thomas Cooke in 1850.

Opening hours are subject to the availability of volunteers, so please contact us ahead of your visit.

Our open days are free and there’s no need to book.

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Automaton Clock: Talk and Demonstration – Sat 23 Mar 2019

A person placing their gloved hand on a highly decorated clock.

Date: Saturday 23 March 2019, 2:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

Join us for this talk on the Automaton Clock, an extravagant clock featuring moving figures and sound.

In this talk, we’ll discuss this fascinating clock and what we know about its history. Afterwards, we’ll activate the clock so you can see its many decorations brought to life.

The talk starts at 2pm, will last between 5-10 minutes and is included with your gallery admission. For our admission prices, please see our visitor information page.

In the meantime, why not see some of the other fascinating objects in our collection?

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Mindfulness, Drawing and Writing Course – Sun 24 Mar 2019

A painting of some white flowers.

Date: Sunday 24 March 2019, 10:15 am - 4:15 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

Please note: ticket sales for this event have now ended. For all York Art Gallery events, please see our events calendar.

Mindfulness, Drawing and Writing is a 4-day course (two sessions per day) exploring the relationship between mindfulness and creativity, both of which operate from a basis of ‘more curiosity than fear’! (Elizabeth Gilbert)

Each session includes guided meditations, practical creative exercises and group discussions led by two experienced facilitators in a warm, friendly atmosphere.

Your tutors will be Dr Lauri Bower and professional artist Clare Belbin-Carlie of The Creative Space.

Enter the course with an open mind and find it opening in ways you never imagined. There’s something for everyone.

£215 for concessionary tickets or £236 for standard tickets for the 4 days per person. There’s a maximum of 12 participants per session.

YMT Membership is required for this course. (£22 max. concessions are available.) A YMT Card is required for the course.

For more information and to book your place, please visit: Mindfulness, Drawing and Writing Course

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York Museum Garden Tours – Sun 24 Mar 2019

Date: Sunday 24 March 2019, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: York Museum Gardens

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.

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Visitor Experience Team Talks – Sun 24 Mar 2019

A statue of a head. The statue is next to a portrait.

Date: Sunday 24 March 2019, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

Join our Visitor Experience Team for talks based on York Art Gallery’s collections and exhibitions.

The talks take place between 2-3pm every day (expect Wednesdays and Saturdays) and are free with gallery admission. There’s no need to book.

For more details, please ask Admissions on the day of your visit.

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More Than Just a Tiny Waist – Mon 25 Mar 2019

A pair of gloved hands tying the lace on a black corset.

Date: Monday 25 March 2019, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue: York Castle Museum

A History of Corsetry

When we look back to past ages, we tend to think of women tight laced into restrictive prisons of whalebone and steel – but was that really the case? How did corsets come about? Did women always tight lace? Did everyone always wear them? And what were they really for?

Join Assistant Curator of Costume and Textiles Dr Faye Prior for an intimate examination of the corset, from its beginnings in the stiffened bodices of the Tudor period, to the waist-length stays of the eighteenth century, and the explosion of different designs and ideas in the industrial age.

Learn how corsets first came about, why people wore them, and examine some real historical corsets from the collection of York Castle Museum. Part of York Fashion Week 2019.

This event costs £5 per person and museum admission applies. Click here to book your place.

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Visitor Experience Team Talks – Mon 25 Mar 2019

A statue of a head. The statue is next to a portrait.

Date: Monday 25 March 2019, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

Join our Visitor Experience Team for talks based on York Art Gallery’s collections and exhibitions.

The talks take place between 2-3pm every day (expect Wednesdays and Saturdays) and are free with gallery admission. There’s no need to book.

For more details, please ask Admissions on the day of your visit.

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