Community events

Past events

Previous events

York Design Awards: Winners presentation

Monday 26 June 2017

Join us as the winners are announced of the 11th annual York Design Awards. Entries to the awards are in categories covering residential, community and commercial schemes, large or small, and open spaces.

No Ideas But In Things: A writing workshop

Sunday 18 June 2017

‘No ideas but in things,’ declared the American poet William Carlos Williams. In this writing workshop, led by poet JT Welsch, you’ll experiment with ways of interpreting that famous mantra, exploring new ways of bringing objects into words. Just take along something to write with, a favourite object and an openness to new things.

Fifty Things to Look Out for on Five Rowntree Walks in York

Sunday 18 June 2017

Join us on Festival weekends for five guided walks highlighting ten little-known ‘things’ on each walk.

Operation Codebreaker

Sunday 18 June 2017

Calling all would be spies, secret agents and codebreakers. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to join Mrs Taylor our World War II recruiter, to crack codes and unravel secret messages in order to discover the stories behind some of our museum objects.

The Lost Windmills of York

Sunday 18 June 2017

Do you live on a ‘Mill Lane’ or near a ‘Millfield’? If you do then it is very likely that at some time in history there was a windmill or a watermill nearby. In the past dozens of windmills could be seen across the skyline of York. Now they have all gone except for Holgate Windmill, which has been fully restored to working order producing flour for sale.

Fifty Things to Look Out for on Five Rowntree Walks in York

Sunday 18 June 2017

Join us on Festival weekends for five guided walks highlighting ten little-known ‘things’ on each walk.

Operation Codebreaker

Sunday 18 June 2017

Calling all would be spies, secret agents and codebreakers. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to join Mrs Taylor our World War II recruiter, to crack codes and unravel secret messages in order to discover the stories behind some of our museum objects.

Make Your Own Book Workshop

Saturday 17 June 2017

It’s time to get creative! Find out about early printing and handwritten books, play games, then have a go at making a book of your own. Suitable for children aged 7+ accompanied by an adult.

Terra Two: Writing for off-world survival

Saturday 17 June 2017

You are leaving Earth to set up the first off-world colony. What things would you take with you? This creative writing workshop asks you to debate this question by looking at stories by some of the great science fiction writers.

Beginnings of Life: Campus wildlife tour

Saturday 17 June 2017

Join us for a guided tour of the University of York’s Campus East and hear the story of its development for wildlife since its beginnings in 2008. Learn about – and hopefully see - the many plants and animals that now call this their home. The walk is led by Gordon Eastham, the University’s Grounds Maintenance Manager, and Rachel Pateman, a researcher in biodiversity.

Operation Codebreaker

Saturday 17 June 2017

Calling all would be spies, secret agents and codebreakers. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to join Mrs Taylor our World War II recruiter, to crack codes and unravel secret messages in order to discover the stories behind some of our museum objects.

The Story of Things: Lego building

Saturday 17 June 2017

Calling all budding builders! Drop in and use our Lego to make your own ‘thing’. Take inspiration from historic treasures from the archives, including maps and images of York. What will you create? Suitable for children aged 2+.

Anglo-Saxon Crafts

Saturday 17 June 2017

Step back in time and find out about Anglo-Saxon life through its crafts. Watch a demonstration of tablet weaving using naturally dyed yarns, learn about hand-building pottery techniques and handle replica pottery. Find out about the work of the goldsmith through the tools, techniques and materials of the early Medieval period, and discover how Anglo-Saxon beads were made and their significance.

Exploring the Dark Self

Saturday 17 June 2017

Join us for an immersive audiovisual installation and discussion exploring the challenges of visualising deep sleep. The installation by artist Susan Aldworth - which can be viewed before or after the discussion - explores the different aspects of sleep that occur every night. Each of these is critically important in keeping us healthy and happy in our working lives.

Wastebusters’ Fest

Saturday 17 June 2017

Ever wondered what happens to your rubbish and whether it’s worth your effort to recycle? Come along to a day of fun, family-friendly activities redefining what waste is and what to do with it.

The Origins of Art

Saturday 17 June 2017

Thirty thousand years ago our ancestors produced the magnificently decorated cave at Chauvet. A million years ago they fashioned elaborate stone tools of remarkable symmetry. Does it make sense to see these activities as part of a single story taking in Egyptian art and the Renaissance? Or is ‘art’ a category of recent invention that distorts our understanding of the distant past? Join University of York researchers to learn more.

Refugees Welcome

Saturday 17 June 2017

Meet artist and activist Alketa Xhafa Mripa as she parks up her van in York and offers tea under the slogan ‘Fancy a tea with a refugee!’ The tail lift van contains a purpose-built domestic scene sitting room interior in which Alketa begins conversations with visitors. Join her at the installation to discuss hospitality for those seeking refuge and to hear about her positive experience of being welcomed to the UK as a refugee.

The Lost Windmills of York

Saturday 17 June 2017

Do you live on a ‘Mill Lane’ or near a ‘Millfield’? If you do then it is very likely that at some time in history there was a windmill or a watermill nearby. In the past dozens of windmills could be seen across the skyline of York. Now they have all gone except for Holgate Windmill, which has been fully restored to working order producing flour for sale.

Fifty Things to Look Out for on Five Rowntree Walks in York

Saturday 17 June 2017

Join us on Festival weekends for five guided walks highlighting ten little-known ‘things’ on each walk.

Unlocking Robert Harris’ Novel, Conclave Part Two

Saturday 17 June 2017

The international best-selling author, Robert Harris, is well-known for tackling big subjects in an imaginative, compelling and gripping way. Beginning with his first novel, Fatherland, which imagines a world in which Germany won World War II, Harris has written variously about ancient Rome (Pompeii, Imperium, Lustrum, Dictator), Russia (Archangel), France (An Officer and a Spy), as well as a novel loosely based on Tony Blair (The Ghost).

Operation Codebreaker

Saturday 17 June 2017

Calling all would be spies, secret agents and codebreakers. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to join Mrs Taylor our World War II recruiter, to crack codes and unravel secret messages in order to discover the stories behind some of our museum objects.

York Design Awards Walking Trail

Saturday 17 June 2017

Join us for a unique opportunity to visit York Design Award-winning buildings from the first ten years of the scheme. The Walking Trail of Award Winners and other standout schemes will take place in and around the City centre, led by Peter Brown former Director of the York Civic Trust, with architects from the York Architectural Association. Together they will highlight the features of each scheme which led to an Award being presented. The Trail will visit some schemes which are publicly accessible, and will also provide a unique opportunity to see hidden gems.

The Hero’s Journey: From swords to spaceships

Saturday 17 June 2017

Why do we all love a good story? Are the best stories universal and timeless? Do they have common elements? York Novelists want to take you on ‘The Hero’s Journey’ to discover what lies behind many of the tales we grew up with and which we’ve been telling each other for thousands of years.

York Design Awards Walking Trail

Friday 16 June 2017

Join us for a unique opportunity to visit York Design Award-winning buildings from the first ten years of the scheme. The Walking Trail of Award Winners and other standout schemes will take place in and around the City centre, led by Peter Brown former Director of the York Civic Trust, with architects from the York Architectural Association. Together they will highlight the features of each scheme which led to an Award being presented. The Trail will visit some schemes which are publicly accessible, and will also provide a unique opportunity to see hidden gems.

Archives Blitz-It: The city in print

Friday 16 June 2017

Explore York Archives is offering a chance to get hands-on with some of York’s amazing local history collections, including historical material printed in York itself. The Archives holds around 60,000 local history items, including pamphlets, photographs, newspapers and maps.

Uplandish: Stories of the English uplands

Thursday 15 June 2017

Explore Northern England’s wild places with no need for waterproofs. Join us for a World Café event and discuss literary objects from moors, uplands and other wild English landscapes. Are ‘Uplandish’ folk rude and uncivilised? Why are Yorkshire moors important to literary history? And how wild are the uplands?

The Things Left Behind

Thursday 15 June 2017

Join York Archaeological Trust curators for a guided tour behind the scenes at the YAT store to hear the story of the things ‘left behind’. What happens to the artefacts that don't make the cut for public display? Hear how they continue to be put to work to enhance our understanding of the past.

The Brain in Performance: Workshop

Thursday 15 June 2017

Take part in a live music looping workshop and learn about the connection of experimental music performance and basic computer programming using biosensors and multimedia technology.

Help Tackle Dementia: Knit and natter

Thursday 15 June 2017

Bring your knitting needles, wool and decorations, and relax and listen to music as you make a dementia Twiddlemuff - a knitted hand muff with bits and bobs attached, such as ribbons and large buttons. Twiddlemuffs provide an excellent stimulation activity for restless hands for patients with dementia during their stay in hospital.

Viking: Rediscover the legend…The Vikings are coming!

Thursday 15 June 2017

Take a journey through the early years of the Viking invasions with York Museums Trust Curator of Archaeology Natalie Buy. Enjoy the opportunity to handle artefacts as you learn what drove the Vikings to invade Anglo-Saxon Eoforwic and ultimately, how this led to the formation of Britain.

The Things Left Behind

Thursday 15 June 2017

Join York Archaeological Trust curators for a guided tour behind the scenes at the YAT store to hear the story of the things ‘left behind’. What happens to the artefacts that don't make the cut for public display? Hear how they continue to be put to work to enhance our understanding of the past.

Archives Blitz-It: The city in print

Thursday 15 June 2017

Explore York Archives is offering a chance to get hands-on with some of York’s amazing local history collections, including historical material printed in York itself. The Archives holds around 60,000 local history items, including pamphlets, photographs, newspapers and maps.

Creating Stories on Screen: Acting workshops for adults

Wednesday 14 June 2017

Ever fancied being a star of the screen? This is your chance to step in front of the camera and learn how to act for film and TV.

Creating Stories on Screen: Acting workshops for teens

Wednesday 14 June 2017

Ever fancied being a star of the screen? This is your chance to step in front of the camera and learn how to act for film and TV.

Zombies in York

Wednesday 14 June 2017

Zombies have taken over York and brought the city to a standstill! But we were quick enough to catch one… Come along and get involved as University of York scientists dissect the captured zombie in front of a live audience. This gruesome interactive event has hands-on opportunities to study the infectious agent causing the outbreak, examine the zombie blood, play with their brains and more. Will you be able to save York by working out how the disease started and how we can stop the onward march of the Zombies?!

Creating Stories on Screen: Acting workshops for children

Wednesday 14 June 2017

Ever fancied being a star of the screen? This is your chance to step in front of the camera and learn how to act for film and TV.

Archives Blitz-It: The city in print

Wednesday 14 June 2017

Explore York Archives is offering a chance to get hands-on with some of York’s amazing local history collections, including historical material printed in York itself. The Archives holds around 60,000 local history items, including pamphlets, photographs, newspapers and maps.

Zombies in York

Tuesday 13 June 2017

Zombies have taken over York and brought the city to a standstill! But we were quick enough to catch one… Come along and get involved as University of York scientists dissect the captured zombie in front of a live audience. This gruesome interactive event has hands-on opportunities to study the infectious agent causing the outbreak, examine the zombie blood, play with their brains and more. Will you be able to save York by working out how the disease started and how we can stop the onward march of the Zombies?!

Intelligent Transport: Is there such a thing? Buses, budgets, cars, computers…

Tuesday 13 June 2017

Come along and have your say about the buses and other transport facilities you want in York. Meet City of York Council and transport company representatives and learn about York’s Local Transport Plan and Intelligent Transport System. Are they fit for purpose? How can they be improved? Does York need a People’s Transport Forum?

York, Europe, World: An outward-looking future

Tuesday 13 June 2017

Regretfully, this meeting has been postponed until August 1st

Technology for All? A story of bias in design

Tuesday 13 June 2017

We have a tendency to take technologies and infrastructures for granted: if they are designed as they are, then presumably, this was the 'best' possible option. Or was it?

One Planet York: A liveable city (Expo)

Tuesday 13 June 2017

Find out more about York’s journey at the One Planet York Expo, featuring practical example of local leadership.

Archives Blitz-It: The city in print

Tuesday 13 June 2017

Explore York Archives is offering a chance to get hands-on with some of York’s amazing local history collections, including historical material printed in York itself. The Archives holds around 60,000 local history items, including pamphlets, photographs, newspapers and maps.

Stories Against the Clock

Tuesday 13 June 2017

An 80,000 word thesis would take eight hours to present; ten University of York research students have just three minutes each to tell the ‘story’ of their research. Come along and join the audience for the final of York’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT®)competition and hear about the ground-breaking research taking place in York.

A Walk through the Lost Centuries: Anglian York

Monday 12 June 2017

Anglian York is a forgotten period. Following the decline of Roman York the city slips into the shadows but it slowly re-emerges to become a place worth attacking by the Viking Great Army. Walk the streets of York and find out how archaeological excavation and speculation allows us to recreate this invisible but extraordinary phase in York’s long history. Join archaeologist Ailsa Mainman for a guided walk and to find out more.

A Market of Nice Things

Monday 12 June 2017

Looking for inspiration and that special gift? Come along and browse at our arts and crafts fair, with its collection of stalls selling a range of homemade crafts, original artworks and prints.

Objects, Stories and the Makings of Military Memory

Monday 12 June 2017

The York Army Museum, like other military museums, contains in its collections a range of objects that may appear, at first glance, randomly eclectic: not just the usual medals and uniforms and regimental trophies, but inkwells made from the hooves of a horse that charged at the Battle of Balaklava, a mounted moose head, a bullet-damaged cigarette case from World War I, and a fragment of silk from the curtains of Napoleon’s camp bed (with coffee stain). What do such objects tell us about the memory culture of military organisations?

Science Places and Things: A York walk

Monday 12 June 2017

Come join us for a guided walk and change your perceptions of York’s history. The York Science Trails Group aims to highlight the city’s important and interesting scientific people and locations: from Alcuin, anemometers and atomic science to bears, botany and zoos.

Archives Blitz-It: The city in print

Monday 12 June 2017

Explore York Archives is offering a chance to get hands-on with some of York’s amazing local history collections, including historical material printed in York itself. The Archives holds around 60,000 local history items, including pamphlets, photographs, newspapers and maps.

The Poetry of Plants

Sunday 11 June 2017

Explore the poetry of plants on a guided tour of the University of York’s Campus West. Through a series of poetry readings, you’ll look at how the botanical world has inspired poems, including Seamus Heaney’s 'Blackberry-Picking', Alice Oswald’s 'Daisy' and Marianne Moore’s 'Rosemary'.

Operation Codebreaker

Sunday 11 June 2017

Calling all would be spies, secret agents and codebreakers. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to join Mrs Taylor our World War II recruiter, to crack codes and unravel secret messages in order to discover the stories behind some of our museum objects.

Fish ‘n’ Ships: Fishing through time

Sunday 11 June 2017

Join University of York archaeologists, historians and ecologists to discuss how people caught, farmed, and used fish in the past and still use them today. Take part in fish related activities suitable for all the family: get your hands dirty digging for the remains of a meal, touch fish skeletons, or make your own colourful fish using fish glue.

Fifty Things to Look Out for on Five Rowntree Walks in York

Sunday 11 June 2017

Join us on Festival weekends for five guided walks highlighting ten little-known ‘things’ on each walk.

Operation Codebreaker

Sunday 11 June 2017

Calling all would be spies, secret agents and codebreakers. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to join Mrs Taylor our World War II recruiter, to crack codes and unravel secret messages in order to discover the stories behind some of our museum objects.

Faith in the Questions

Saturday 10 June 2017

Compared with the centuries long hand-in-hand relationship between religious faith and scientific enquiry, recent debate has, for many people, become mistrustful and sharply adversarial. Which side is God on? Or is this the wrong question to ask? This is just one of any number of good and provocative questions thrown out by Faith in the Questions, a combination of theatre and scientific discussion.

Festival Fringe Family Fun Afternoon

Saturday 10 June 2017

Join University of York postgraduate students for an afternoon of energetic, crafty, puzzling, scientific and historical fun at this year’s Festival Fringe Family Fun Afternoon. Activities are particularly suitable for five to 11-year-olds but other family members are welcome to join in too.

Operation Codebreaker

Saturday 10 June 2017

Calling all would be spies, secret agents and codebreakers. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to join Mrs Taylor our World War II recruiter, to crack codes and unravel secret messages in order to discover the stories behind some of our museum objects.

Fish ‘n’ Ships: Fishing through time

Saturday 10 June 2017

Join University of York archaeologists, historians and ecologists to discuss how people caught, farmed, and used fish in the past and still use them today. Take part in fish related activities suitable for all the family: get your hands dirty digging for the remains of a meal, touch fish skeletons, or make your own colourful fish using fish glue.

Flying High! A Birding Triple Bill

Saturday 10 June 2017

Put on your walking shoes, bring your binoculars if you have them and enjoy a unique birding triple bill. Join poet and performer Anneliese Emmans Dean for a journey through the bird year in laughter, rhythm and rhyme, followed by a chance to take a look at her new book Flying High!

Fifty Things to Look Out for on Five Rowntree Walks in York

Saturday 10 June 2017

Join us on Festival weekends for five guided walks highlighting ten little-known ‘things’ on each walk.

Unlocking Robert Harris’ Novel, Conclave Part One

Saturday 10 June 2017

The international best-selling author, Robert Harris, is well-known for tackling big subjects in an imaginative, compelling and gripping way. Beginning with his first novel, Fatherland, which imagines a world in which Germany won World War II, Harris has written variously about ancient Rome (Pompeii, Imperium, Lustrum, Dictator), Russia (Archangel), France (An Officer and a Spy), as well as a novel loosely based on Tony Blair (The Ghost).

Operation Codebreaker

Saturday 10 June 2017

Calling all would be spies, secret agents and codebreakers. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to join Mrs Taylor our World War II recruiter, to crack codes and unravel secret messages in order to discover the stories behind some of our museum objects.

The Final Threads

Friday 9 June 2017

Join the Northern Youth as they present a fashion show exploring the creative process and celebrating the dynamism of the unfinished garment.

Faith in the Questions

Friday 9 June 2017

Compared with the centuries long hand-in-hand relationship between religious faith and scientific enquiry, recent debate has, for many people, become mistrustful and sharply adversarial. Which side is God on? Or is this the wrong question to ask? This is just one of any number of good and provocative questions thrown out by Faith in the Questions, a combination of theatre and scientific discussion.

Faith in the Questions

Thursday 8 June 2017

Compared with the centuries long hand-in-hand relationship between religious faith and scientific enquiry, recent debate has, for many people, become mistrustful and sharply adversarial. Which side is God on? Or is this the wrong question to ask? This is just one of any number of good and provocative questions thrown out by Faith in the Questions, a combination of theatre and scientific discussion.

Creating Stories on Screen: Acting workshops for adults

Wednesday 7 June 2017

Ever fancied being a star of the screen? This is your chance to step in front of the camera and learn how to act for film and TV.

Puzzles in the Pub

Wednesday 7 June 2017

Join mathematician and biologist Rosalyn Leaman of the University of York as she introduces the puzzles at an informal session in the ancient and medieval arithmetical gymnasium. Come along and sharpen your wits over a glass of specially brewed Eoforwic Ale.

Creating Stories on Screen: Acting workshops for teens

Wednesday 7 June 2017

Ever fancied being a star of the screen? This is your chance to step in front of the camera and learn how to act for film and TV.

Creating Stories on Screen: Acting workshops for children

Wednesday 7 June 2017

Ever fancied being a star of the screen? This is your chance to step in front of the camera and learn how to act for film and TV.

Science out of the Lab

Saturday 3 June 2017

Find out about the exciting research being carried out in York as local scientists come out of the lab and onto the city’s streets to demonstrate their work.

Science out of the Lab

Friday 2 June 2017

Find out about the exciting research being carried out in York as local scientists come out of the lab and onto the city’s streets to demonstrate their work.