What’s on in York: Spotlight on Health Archives

Friday June 14th

York Explore Library

10:00 am – 4:00 pm Free

Have you ever wondered what it was like to visit the school dentist in the early 20th century? Or what you could expect from a midwife in the 19th century?

Join us for a drop-in exhibition at York Explore, in partnership with the York Human Rights City, to find out. Uncover what level of healthcare you were (or were not!) entitled to, and what you could expect from the healthcare professionals of the past.

This event is part of the York Festival of Ideas 2019.

Report casts light on life in Acomb since Roman times

An archaeology report, produced as part of the investigations into the bowling club development project on Front Street, has provided a further insight into the history of the village.

The report says that, “in February 2005 On-Site Archaeology carried out an archaeological evaluation on the disused allotments located immediately to the west of the current site. Within one of the evaluation trenches two small pits containing late 1st to mid 3rd century Roman pottery were recorded, cutting into the natural sand. A residual sherd of late 1st to early 2nd century pottery was recovered from a subsoil deposit in one of the other trenches”

The allotments land has now been bulldozed to form a building compound. No mitigation measures have been taken to preserve or record any archaeological remains on that site (which is owned by the York Council).

The report goes on to say, “There is no evidence of occupation during the Anglo-Saxon period although the name ‘Acomb’ is Anglo-Saxon in origin meaning “at the oaks”.

“The mediaeval period is when the village of Acomb took on a known form with the focus of the village being the area between The Green and Front Street. Acomb is listed in the Domesday survey of 1086 as a manor with 14 rent-payers. The Church of St. Stephen is an 1830 construction replacing an earlier 12th century church with possible pre-Conquest origins. Archaeological work has taken place behind 12-26 The Green, which produced evidence for mediaeval domestic activity and possible ploughsoil relating to medieval crofts or garden plots An evaluation carried out by OSA in March 2007 to the rear of 95 Front Street revealed late medieval boundary ditches containing pottery dated to the 15th and 16th centuries”.

The findings of the investigation can be read by clicking here .

A report on contamination on the site can be read by clicking here

What’s on in York: Uncovering Stories – York’s Normandy Veterans

Thursday June 6th

6:15 pm – 7:45 pm

York Explore Library

£6

York Normandy Veterans April 2015

Archivist Laura Yeoman will explain how Explore worked with York’s surviving Normandy Veterans to safeguard their archives and memories for generations to come. Her illustrated talk features video clips from the veterans discussing their experiences.

Find out more about the Normandy Veterans project, learn what Explore now holds in the archive and discover what archivists need to think about in the modern age.

An exhibition related to this talk – York’s Normandy Veterans – will be held at York Explore Library on Thursday 13 June 2019

Details tel 01904 552828