An illustrated talk about the lives of two generations of railway workers in York.
David Thomas was born into a second generation York railway family and his talk is about the lives, legends and some of the locomotives worked on by his father and grandfather. His talk also covers the impact of railway life on him during the 1940s and 50s and is illustrated by accompanying photographs.
Join author Rosemary Cook for an introduction to her book ‘Petticoat Government’, which tells the remarkable story of York’s unique nursing history.
Rosemary Cook, former Director of the Queen’s Nursing Institute, talks about her new book ‘Petticoat Government’, based on original local research. The York Home for Nurses was run by Anglican religious sisters, funded by local people, and governed by a council of famous York names. Dealing with epidemics and floods as well as medicine and surgery, the Home eventually became the Purey Cust Nursing Home.
The Council will be discussing another
report on the future of library buildings in York next week. There is little new in the document.
We have seen a decade of agonising about the service which has
been run for several years by an independent – not for profit – social interest
organisation. They recently won the right to run the library service for a
further 15 years.
Whether staff moral has held up in the face of Council
indecisiveness in recent years may be open to question.
Compared to other areas, York has a relative successful
library service. It has not slipped into the “basket case” situation seen recently
with several other public services in the City.
Usage levels have been stable, no libraries have been
closed, new libraries have been established at Burnholme, New Earswick and the
soon to be opened (probably) Community Stadium. The Reading Café in Rowntree
park is successful and an overhaul of the Central Library and Archives has been
The library service has recognised that it needs to be more
than a book lending service. Some have styled themselves as learning or “explore”
centres. Some have opened cafes. Several have established “Friends of” groups.
But progress in west York has been slow.
In 2008 the Council identified the need to expand the Acomb Library.
It had had a modest extension to the front, but other parts of the building were
aging. The Council decided to acquire land to the rear to facilitate expansion.
The idea was that a “one stop shop” should be established with staff moving in
from the then nearby “Acomb Office”. Officials were told to buy the bowling
club land but failed to push a deal though. The bowling club was latter to be
sold to a private housing developer. The Council land is now part of a building
The expansion plans were jettisoned by a new administration when it took office in 2011.
Since then the staff from the Acomb (housing) Office have been centralised into West Offices. There has been no significant investment in the library building. The acquired land became an overgrown eyesore.
About two years ago an opportunity arose to rationalise the site by incorporating the library, bowling club and extension land into one redevelopment plan.
The Council failed to act. As a result, expansion options have
The latest report confirms a £4 million budget for improvements
to the libraries in Acomb and Clifton. This was first announced 4 months ago. The
report says that the use of this investment is aimed at “reducing running costs”.
The report talks of identifying “co-location partners”
It will be mid 2021 at the earliest before residents will
see any building work taking place at the Acomb Explore site.
So for the next 4 years west York will no doubt be expected to muddle through
The report confirms that “the 15-year Library Contract
sets out the requirement for Explore (the operators) to co-locate all the
Gateway libraries by 31 March 2027”.
This could have significant implications for smaller
libraries such as that at Dringhouses.
Do you have family photographs, negatives or slides hidden away in your home? Are you concerned about their condition, or unsure what to do with them? Join Explore’s Archivist (Access and Engagement), Laura Yeoman, to learn more about what causes photographic materials to deteriorate over time, and the best ways to care for them at home.
Discover the ways in which Winifred Holtby drew upon the people and landscape of the East Riding to explore themes which transcend time and place in South Riding.
‘The Literary Landscapes of Winifred Holtby’ will explore the relationship between people and place, looking especially at the influence of the East Riding on the novels of Winifred Holtby. Extending from the Yorkshire Wolds to the vast expanse of Holderness, as well as suburban Cottingham and further afield, it is a landscape which is as much a mindset as a geographical location, shaped by history and social expectation as well as by the characters themselves. Though the main focus will be on South Riding, reference will also be made to Anderby Wold, A Crowded Street and other writings of Winifred Holtby
Join local York author Joshua Lees for the launch of his debut Novel – The Sins of Friendship; the twisted tale of an ordinary person thrown into an extraordinary world.
Spend an hour with Local Author Joshua Lees at the launch of his debut novel. Get a sneak peek into the first chapter, meet the author, and get the chance to discuss and ask any questions you might have; as someone who’s read the novel or someone new to the series, all are welcome! The Sins of Friendship is perfect for Teen readers, young Adults, and up. It’s the tale of an ordinary man who is drawn into an alternate realm built upon negative emotions, he has to set aside his fears to help save a dying world before it is devoured by a mad god.
The Anglian, or Anglo-Saxon, period is the least well-understood period of York’s history. Written sources describe an important ecclesiastical centre, a seat of governance, a place of scholarship and learning, a commercial entrepot and a draw for ‘divers peoples,’ but physical evidence has been hard to find.
Join Ailsa Mainman as she discusses her recent book, Anglian York, which pulls together the archaeological evidence for this elusive period and provides a glimpse into the lives of people who dwelt in York in the centuries between the departure of the Romans and the arrival of the Vikings.
Join author Pauline Kirk for a fun, accessible writing workshop. The workshop will give you lots of ideas to work on afterwards, as well useful tips during the session.
Join a friendly group, open to new and established writers whether writing in poetry or prose. Pauline is a well known local author, poet and novelist. Her workshop will give you lots of ideas to work on afterwards, as well useful tips during the session.