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.
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.