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Theme: Eoforwic

Little remains of Eoforwic - Anglian-era York - but the city's past has a far-reaching legacy. Experts shed new light on the latest discoveries increasing our understanding of this important period of York's history.

What's on

Sun
21
Jun

Discovering Fishergate's Secret Past

An opportunity to view Fishergate Postern Tower and handle unique Anglian objects.

Sat
20
Jun

Eating and Drinking in Anglo-Saxon England

Dr Debby Banham explores what we can find out about Anglo-Saxon food and drink, and how. There will also be an opportunity to try some bread and Eoforwic Ale, both made to Anglo-Saxon recipes.

Sat
20
Jun

The 2015 Richard Hall Symposium

In 2014 the JORVIK Viking Centre marked three decades of welcoming visitors to the site of the Coppergate dig, an undertaking that revolutionised approaches to Viking-era England. But where do we stand in 2015? This conference will bring together heritage professionals and researchers in to explore a range of current themes in early medieval research, as well as the impacts of this research in the public sphere.

Sat
20
Jun

Discovering Fishergate's Secret Past

An opportunity to see inside Fishergate Postern Tower and handle a unique Anglian ring from the local area.

Thu
18
Jun

Finds from Fishergate

Excavated in Fishergate and stored for many years in the basement of Mecca Bingo, the Fishergate archive sheds new light on Anglian York. This exciting archive is available for the very first time for the public to see and handle.

Mon
15
Jun

Eoforwic, Jorvik and the Viking Centre

Peter Addyman describes the archaeological search for Eoforwic and Jorvik in 1970s and 1980s York. Massive excavations in Coppergate revealed Anglian and Viking-age structures; find out how this led to the creation of York’s world-famous Jorvik Viking Centre.

Mon
15
Jun

The Coinage of Eoforwic

Anglian York - Eoforwic - was one of the richest and most important towns in England. Come and discover what York's hidden coins reveal about life, kings and religion in the early medieval town.

Mon
15
Jun

Eoforwic North Yorkshire Coach Tour

Join this tour to view the recently identified 8th-century fabric built into the fabric of St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Scrayingham, followed by a brief stop in Stamford Bridge, the site of one of the decisive battles of 1066.

Sun
14
Jun

Discovering Fishergate's Secret Past

An opportunity to see inside Fishergate Postern Tower and handles fascinating Anglian coins not normally on public display.

Sat
13
Jun

Discovering Fishergate's Secret Past

An opportunity to see inside Fishergate Postern Tower and handle a unique ring not normally on public display.

Thu
11
Jun

Back to the Beer-Hall: More Anglo-Saxon poetry

Following the great success of last year’s ‘Beer and Beowulf’ event, we invite you back to the beor-sele or beer-hall of the Duke of York pub for another evening of Anglo-Saxon poetry and Anglo-Saxon ale.

Thu
11
Jun

Anglo Saxon Astronomy

If astronomy books are to be believed nothing much astronomically happened during the Anglo-Saxon period. This lecture will attempt to show if that belief is true!

Thu
11
Jun

The Art of Stone in Anglian York

Jane Hawkes will explore the innovative nature of the public art of stone sculpture produced in and around York in the seventh through ninth centuries, considering the impacts of its originally coloured appearance, varied sculptural forms and distinct iconographies.

Wed
10
Jun

Mapping Anglian York

Evidence for Anglian York is buried deep beneath the city. The Anglian period covers almost four and half centuries and charts York’s decline in the post-Roman period to its rise as a centre for Christianity and international commerce. But what did it look like?

Wed
10
Jun

York’s Finest: The Ormside Bowl

A very special chance to discover the story of one of the Yorkshire Museum’s most celebrated treasures, the Ormside Bowl, and an opportunity to handle Anglian and Viking artefacts from the collections.

Festival themes

Anglo-Saxon-feast 

Eoforwic Ale

Using an authentic Anglo-Saxon recipe, Leeds Brewery is brewing some beer – Eoforwic Ale – for York Festival of Ideas. It will be on sale throughout the Festival at the Duke of York pub on King’s Square, York, and will also be available at the Back to the Beer-Hall: More Anglo-Saxon Poetry evening taking place in the pub on Thursday 11 June.

Guerilla Signs: In search of Anglian York

Eoforwic was the name for York during the four and a half centuries between Roman York and the Viking city. This period, the Anglian (or Anglo-Saxon) era was long, yet there are few visible reminders of it in the modern city. Guerilla signs made by the Friends of York’s Anglian Era will appear along the city walls and elsewhere near the city centre, to highlight the buried evidence and lost treasures of that time.