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  • Date and time: Sunday 2 June 2024, 3.30pm to 5.30pm
  • Location: In-person only
    City Screen Picturehouse, Coney Street (Map)
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Join us for StreetLife's 'Queer Walk of York', an LGBTQI+ heritage trail of sites of significance to the city's queer communities.

'A Queer Walk' arose from StreetLife's aim to change how people think about York city centre - to recover lost histories, tell forgotten stories and make connections with the people who have lived, worked and played there through the centuries. For a city of York's size and importance, it is astonishing to find such few traces of LGBTQI+ lives as we walk through its streets - 'A Queer Walk of York' brings into focus the city's LGBTQI+ communities past and present, enabling queer residents and visitors to see themselves and their lives reflected in the cityscape around them. So let's come together, this Pride week, to celebrate the contributions made by LGBTQI+ people to the history and development of our city.

This walking tour will highlight sites of both historical and current relevance, and aims to uncover further stories, anecdotes and memories exploring the experience of being and growing up LGBTQI+ in York.

The tour will start and end at the entrance to City Screen, 13-17 Coney Street.

Presented in collaboration with StreetLife and QueerArts.

You may also be interested in ‘Anne Lister’s Loves’ on Sunday 2 June. 

About the speakers

Andy Egerton is a PhD Researcher in the School of Arts and Creative Technologies (ACT) at the University of York, currently working on a Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) funded by WRoCAH and York Museums Trust, and in collaboration with Human Studio. Andy's PhD is a creative-practice project that will enable designers and curators of museum exhibits to create fully accessible visitor experiences in a changing technological landscape. In 2023 Andy was Research Assistant for the music strand of the StreetLife project, and produced the 'Love it or Hate it? The Willow Legacy' exhibition in addition to the 'Queer Walk'. 

Rachel Cowgill is a Professor in Music in ACT, and is the incoming Associate Dean for Research (Arts & Humanities) and Director of the Humanities Research Centre; previously she was the University’s Research Theme Champion for Creativity from 2021 to 2023. She initiated the StreetLife project and led the music strand, and was also Principal Investigator for the AHRC-funded projects InterMusE and OurPlace. Rachel is a cultural-historical musicologist working on histories of live performance and community archiving. She is also a lifelong activist for equality, diversity and inclusion in music studies. Rachel was awarded an MBE in the 2024 New Year’s Honours for services to Culture, Education and the Arts.


Street Life QueerArts University of York

Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible