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.

What’s on in York: York Festival of Ideas starts today

1Venues across the city :

Tue 5 Jun – Sun 17 Jun :

Various Times :


The award-winning York Festival of Ideas returns from 5 to 17 June with over 200 diverse and inspiring events under the theme of Imagining the Impossible.

Featuring world-class speakers, exhibitions, theatre, music, films, guided walks, children’s activities and much more, the packed programme of mostly free events offers something for everyone.

Find out more at yorkfestivalofideas.com.


What’s on in York: Festival of Ideas – Michael Morpurgo, The Mozart Question


5 Jun 18

York Minster



Michael Morpurgo returns to York Festival of Ideas to give a moving performance of his book, The Mozart Question, set against the background of the Holocaust. Joined by actress Alison Reid, violinist Daniel Pioro and The Storytellers Ensemble, together they will interweave words and music to tell this haunting tale of survival against the odds. Tickets will be available from April 2018 at yorkfestivalofideas.com.

Michael Morpurgo, OBE, is an English book author, poet, playwright, and librettist. He became the third British Children’s Laureate from 2003 to 2005.

What’s on in York: University of York Choir & Symphony Orchestra at York Minster

Wednesday 14th June 2017


From £5

Benedict Nelson baritone

Peter Seymour, John Stringer conductors

Walton     Crown Imperial

Berlioz     Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale

Walton     Belshazzar’s Feast

Belshazzar’s Feast became an immediate success after its first performance, in Leeds, in 1931. Walton’s music drama uses colourful and dramatic writing for choir and large orchestra to tell the story of the Babylonian king who saw the writing on the wall. Soloist Benedict Nelson is one of the most exciting baritones of his generation, equally at home on the concert platform and opera stage. Berlioz’s Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale opens with a sombre funeral march and ends with a triumphal choral finale.  Written for the coronation of Edward VIII, the stirring march Crown Imperial was first performed at the coronation of King George VI.

The concert is part of the University of York’s Festival of Ideas; the University Choir is sponsored by Evans Property Group, Tribal and Schroders.

Tickets:  Front Nave: £28 (concs £26)

Rear Nave:  £24 (concs £23)

Unreserved side aisles: £10 (concs £8), students £5

From University of York Concert Box Office:  01904 322439 (open Mon-Fri, 1.00-3.30pm) and online BOOK TICKETS

What’s on in York: York Festival of Ideas

Various venues

Tue 6 Jun – Thu 18 Jun

Various times


The annual York Festival of Ideas returns from 6 to 18 June 2017 under the banner of The Story of Things. One of the largest free festivals in the UK, it offers a huge range of events including talks, exhibitions, theatre, music, film, guided walks, children’s activities and workshops – all designed to educate, entertain and inspire. With topics ranging from the ancient and natural worlds, to science and creative writing, and from cycling to the human mind, there’s something to interest everyone.

Now in its seventh year, this year’s Festival offers nearly 200 events, with over 150 of them free to attend. Headline speakers include Peter Lord, Co-founder and Creative Director of Academy Award® winning studio Aardman; Reverend Richard Coles, cleric, broadcaster and former Communard; Harriet Harman MP; Ed Balls, former Shadow Chancellor and star of Strictly Come Dancing 2016; Janina Ramirez, writer and broadcaster; Emma Jacobs, of the Financial Times, and Michael Rosen, novelist and poet.

Many of the events, including special Focus Days, tackle issues such as the future of work and democracy that affect us all. The Festival is also working with the French Embassy to launch an exciting new collaboration, ‘A Date with History’.

For more information about the events please visit this website.

What’s on in York: Festival of Ideas

Venues across the city : Tue 7 Jun – Sun 19 Jun : Various : Free

June 7_FOIYork is an incredibly exciting, vibrant and diverse city, rich in heritage, discovery and an overriding sense of curiosity – in short a city where ideas spring to life and flourish and where collaboration is celebrated.

The York Festival of Ideas will return from 7 to 19 June with a theme of Tick Tock.

Highlights include:

  • Shakespeare: Moments That Matter
  • Zombies in York
  • Cocktails without the Nonsense
  • Inside Future Robots

Speakers include:

  • Comedian Sara Pascoe
  • Composer Sir Karl Jenkins
  • Justice Brenda Hale
  • Economist John Kay

Focus Days include:

  • Living with Floods
  • The Future of Food
  • EU Referendum
  • Mysterious Minds and Bothersome Bodies

For more information about these events and many more please visit

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