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What’s on in York – Light Incidents: Jokes in Eighteenth-century British Portraiture

Nov _14Light

Fairfax House :

Wed 14 Nov :

7.00pm – 8.30pm :

£14.00 (Members: £12.00, Students: £8.00)

We often think of portraiture as a very serious, self-promotional business, but a number of small ‘conversation piece’ portraits from the eighteenth century engaged with the lighter side of life. Sitters often liked to express their good humour, and required artists to engage with the ‘in jokes’ they shared with family and friends. Kate Retford, author of The Conversation Piece, recently published by Yale University Press (2017) will explore the humour to be found in these paintings, from puns through to pratfalls.

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What’s on in York: Ben Aaronovitch – Lies Sleeping

Nov _14Ben

York Explore Library :

Wed 14 Nov :

6.30pm – 7.45pm :


Join us as we welcome Ben Aaronovitch to talk about his seventh Rivers of London Novel, Lies Sleeping

Lies Sleeping is the seventh novel in the best-selling Rivers of London urban fantasy series and we are delighted that its author Ben Aaronovitch is coming to York Explore on the week of publication to talk about it.
The Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud, and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring him to justice.

But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that the Faceless Man, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long term plan. A plan that has its roots in London’s two thousand bloody years of history, and could literally bring the city to its knees.

To save his beloved city Peter’s going to need help from his former best friend and colleague–Lesley May–who brutally betrayed him and everything he thought she believed in. And, far worse, he might even have to come to terms with the malevolent supernatural killer and agent of chaos known as Mr Punch….

Author’s Biography:

Ben Aaronovitch was born in London in 1964 and had the kind of dull routine childhood that drives a man either to drink or to science fiction. He is a screenwriter, with early notable success on BBC’s legendary Doctor Who, for which he wrote some episodes now widely regarded as classics, and which even he is quite fond of. After a decade of such work, he decided it was time to show the world what he could really do, and embarked on his first serious original novel. The result is Midnight Riot, the debut adventure of Peter Grant and the first in the Rivers of London series. Lies Sleeping, the seventh is published on 13 November 2018

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Remembrance Day event in Acomb brings local WW1 centenary events to a close

Around 500 local residents attended the Remembrance event which was held at the newly restored Acomb War Memorial today.

It was the last of the local events scheduled to commemorate the end of WW1,

On Saturday volunteers had spruced up the 12 WW1 graves which can be found in the St Stephens Cemetery

An archive, of some photos from  the commemorative events that have taken place in Acomb and Westfield this year, can be downloaded by clicking here.


What’s on in York – Nightmares and Dreamscapes: Writing York in the Eighteenth Century

Nov _13Nightmare

York Explore Library 

Tue 13 Nov 

6.00pm – 7.30pm 


Matt Haig’s blackly comic The Radleys taps into a rich strain of contradictions that have characterised representations of the city in literature since at least the eighteenth century. Showcasing a range of eighteenth-century accounts, from the novels and travel writing of Daniel Defoe to the prison poetry of James Montgomery, this talk will reveal that York was seen as simultaneously radical and conservative. It was a place where the transgression of traditional boundaries were both passionately advocated and fiercely policed. It was a field of dreams, and a heavily fortified prison. Together we will unpack these paradoxes and explore to the extent to which York’s history of literary representation continues to inform its literary future.

Author’s Biography:
Dr Adam James Smith is a Lecturer in English Literature at York St John University. Adam’s work explores the relationships between politics, news and literature, typically within the context of eighteenth-century print culture. His doctoral research examined eighteenth-century periodicals covertly sponsored by political parties. Subsequently, in 2016 he co-edited Poetry, Radicalism and Conspiracy in Sheffield, a volume of late eighteenth-century protest poetry. At York St John University, amongst other things, Adam lectures on science fiction and literary theory.

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What’s on in York – EXHIBITION: The Keeping of Christmas

Nov _13Christmas

Fairfax House :

Tue 13 Nov – Sun 30 Dec :

Opening Times :

General museum admission applies.

Experience Fairfax House in all its splendour as it celebrates The Keeping of Christmas with a magnificent festive installation inspired by the traditions of the eighteenth century. See the Georgians’ love of the natural world as they decorated their homes for Christmas, as well as their festive food, extravagant dining table displays, elegant decorations, and remarkable Twelfth Night Cake.

Enjoy mulled wine, mince pies and brandy butter served in The Georgian Kitchen throughout the season.

Adult: £7.50, Concession: £6.00, Child: £3.00

Family Ticket (2 Adults and up to 3 Children): £17.50

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What’s on in York: Peacetime Dringhouses

Oct _20Tea - Yortime

Dringhouses Library :

Tue 13 Nov :

6.00pm – 8.00pm :


Join the Friends of Dringhouses Library for a celebration of the end of the Great War in York, and the Dringhouses area in particular.

Sample wartime treats, see how you’d look in wartime dress, and get stuck into some fascinating local history.

Book through any Explore York Library or by Telephone (01904) 552674

What’s on in York: Pilates Barre

Nov _11Pilates

York High School :

Mon 12 Nov – Mon 10 Dec :

6.15pm – 7.10pm :


Join tutor Norelle Garlick in an exciting new Pilates and ballet-based class. Using music and choreographed routines, this class will help you to improve your core strength, stamina and coordination. It focuses on alignment, conditioning and stretch and is suitable for everyone. Become aware of your posture whilst engaging in balletic exercises and have fun!

Suitable for anyone aged 19+ years and all abilities. (To take part in the course, you must be comfortable standing)

You will need to bring a towel and a water bottle and wear non-restrictive gym-wear, ballet shoes or bare feet. Learners should arrive for the first class 10 minutes early to allow time to complete the health questionnaire and identify to the tutor any contra indications to exercise. Before starting any exercise programme it is advisable to seek advice from your GP or a health professional if you have any health concerns, such as a health condition or an injury.

To find your classroom, please come to the community entrance at York High School (at the bottom of the drive next to the Energise sports centre entrance) and not the main school reception.

York High School
Cornlands Road,
YO24 3WZ

£30 for five weeks. Enrol online at or phone the York Learning bookings line on (01904) 552806.

What’s on in York: Ghost Walks

Nov _12GhostYork Explore Library :

Mon 12 & Thu 15 Nov :

6.00pm – 7.00pm :


With over 500 verified accounts of paranormal activity, York is the most haunted city in Europe.

During the evening walk you will hear about haunted places, headless ghosts, pestilence and plaintive cries as we wander around our narrow streets and into a few dark alleyways.

This is suitable for all ages and includes some kindly phantoms, too!

Author’s Biography:
Yorktour is the oldest walking tour company in the city

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