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  • Date and time: Wednesday 5 June 2024, 6pm to 7.30pm
  • Location: Marriott Room, York Explore Library, Library Square, Museum Street (Map)
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Did you know that Medieval York was home to a thriving Jewish community? Or that the celebrated scholar and rabbi YomTov was probably a 12th-century resident of the city?

Discover the pivotal role of the Jewish community in York’s history with our walking tour and talk led by Louise Hampson of the University of York. Hear stories from across the centuries and deepen your understanding of an important strand of York’s past.

Louise will explore well-known events such as the tragedy at Clifford’s Tower, and reveal lesser-known stories that will enrich your understanding of everyday Jewish life in the past. 

Join Louise and find out how ongoing research is throwing up new information about the role of the Jewish community in the history and development of York, ensuring this significant strand of the city’s history is brought out of the shadows and into its rightful place in York’s story.

The tour will start and end at York Explore Library. As this activity will take place outdoors, please wear comfortable clothing and footwear.


Image credit: © Heritage 360

About the speaker

Dr Louise Hampson is Head of Heritage Research and Partnerships for The Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture, University of York. She works on medieval and early modern culture and stained glass, and has a growing interest in Jewish history. She completed a PhD in History of Art at the University of York in 2016 on the post-medieval reception and care of the stained glass of York Minster. She has published on the Minster, and on Thomas Becket and has a book based on her thesis in preparation with Brill’s Art and Material Culture in Medieval and Renaissance Europe series.


Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible