What’s on in York: Holding the Line: Female Railway Workers in World War Two

Dec _3Female Railway

York Explore Library

Mon 3 Dec :

6.15pm – 7.45pm :

£6, or £5 with a YorkCard

Join Susan Major as she talks about the contents of her new book on the role women played in the railway industry in the Second World War.

Using recorded interviews carried out by the Friends of the National Railway Museum, Susan Major’s book explores the experiences of women railway workers taken on in wartime.

The interviews cover many areas of Britain, but this talk will include some of those working at York station during the bombing raid of 1942. The women interviewed talk about working with men for the first time, doing men’s work and the problems of workplaces not designed for women. Susan will also show how working women were portrayed by the railway companies and the media at the time.

One not to be missed!

This event will take place in The Marriott Room and tickets cost £6, or £5 with a YorkCard

Please visit our ticketing website to book a place.

What’s on in York: Service to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice in WW1

York Minster will hold a Service of Thanksgiving and Commemoration on Sunday 11 November at 9.30am to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice at the end of the First World War.

The service will precede the annual Service of Remembrance in the City Memorial Gardens at 11am, which marks the culmination of a six week period of reflection and commemoration in York for those who served during the conflict.

The programme is part of the national #Armistice100 commemoration with events and services taking place around the country to recognise the significance of the end of the First World War, and the sacrifice made by so many men and women during the conflict.

All are welcome to attend.

What’s on in York: York in the First World War – Family Session

Oct _20Tea - Yortime

York Explore Library :

Thu 1 Nov :

2.00pm – 3.00pm :

Free

Using the fantastic new education packs developed by York Civic Trust and Explore York, learn about the impact of WWI on York and life during wartime using this wonderful new resource while enjoying the rare opportunity to interact with original archives from World War One.

Suitable for children aged 7 – 12 and their parents/carers. This event will take place in the Archives Reading Room at York Explore Library.

Free, but booking essential

To book tickets please click here.

Busy day for Lord Mayor in Foxwood

The Lord Mayor of York Cllr Keith Orrell had a busy day when he and the rest of the Civic Party visited the Foxwood area yesterday.

First up was the unveiling of an interpretation board at the newly renamed Dickson Park (Tedder Road)

Sir William Forster Dickson had a varied RAF career which started in the First World War

The Civic Party later dropped in at the Foxwood “Hub”. This is an increasingly popular event held each Friday lunchtime at the Foxwood Community Centre. Pictured here with officers for the Foxwood Residents Association

 

What’s on in York: Renaming of Tedder Road park after WW1 veteran

The Lord Mayor of York will officially name a park in recognition of one of the pioneers of the RAF today.

The RAF celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. 2018 is also the centenary of the end of World Ward 1.

The park on Tedder Road will officially be known as “Dickson Park” from 12:00 noon when the Lord Mayor will unveil an interpretation board. The board tells the story of Sir William Forster Dickson who was one of the early aviators during WW1 and who became one of the founders of the RAF. A road in Foxwood was named after him but the connection was lost some 20 years ago when the road disappeared during redevelopment work.

The link is being reestablished today.

The Civic party will also travel to the Foxwood Community Centre where they will joining in with activities at the weekly residents “hub”.

The interpretation board has been funded by voluntary donations with support from Indigo Greens estate agents.

. It forms one of a range of events taking place on the west of the City over the next couple of weeks. On 10th November volunteers will be cleaning WW1 gravestones in St Stephens churchyard while on 11th November a newly refurbished Acomb War Memorial will host a special Remembrance  Day service.

 

What’s on in York: Researching your WWI Ancestors

York Explore Library : Tue 16 Oct :

3.00pm – 4.30pm : Free

Acomb Explore Library : Thu 18 Oct :

2.00pm – 3.30pm : Free

Oct _16Research - YortimeHave you always wanted to research your First World War ancestors but are unsure where to start?

Join our Archivist Laura Yeoman as she talks you through some of the sources you can use, both onsite at Tang Hall Explore and online.Following the talk there will also be an opportunity to get your questions answered.

Free, but booking essential through any Explore Library or by telephone or follow the links below for each library.

York Explore

Acomb Explore

Acomb War Memorial restoration – deadline looms

Acomb War Memorial – Civic Trust notice

According to the York Civic Trust, restoration of the stonework on the Acomb War Memorial should be completed next week.

They promise, in a poster attached to the (ugly) security barriers which currently protect the monument, that their work will be completed “before the middle of October”.

They promise that a remembrance ceremony will take place on 11th November – the 100 year anniversary of the end of the First World War. St Stephen’s Church confirm that they will be holding a service of remembrance, part of which will be held at the Acomb War Memorial on 11th November.

Progress on other commemorative work in the memorial gardens has been slow.

The Westfield Ward Committee promised to fund the provision of a path, from the entrance to the memorial, in an attempt to make access for disabled people and wheelchair users easier. The work has not yet started.

The Ward Committee also promised to fund “crown thinning” of some of the trees on the site in an attempt to encourage flower growth. Reducing the amount of vegetation would also have the effect of improving visibility into the gardens, making anti social behaviour less likely.

The Council sign – which prohibits alcohol consumption on The Green – is only just coming back into view as the leaves fall.

Sadly the rotten fence posts which were left in the gardens a few weeks ago are still there despite being reported to the council for removal.

So a lot still to do.

Dumped rotten fencing in memorial garden

Well camouflaged alcohol prohibition notice

What’s on in York: Pop up exhibition of First World War archives

Acomb Explore Library :

Oct _5WWI Ancestors - Yortime

Fri 5 Oct :

10.00am – 2.00pm :

Free

Pop in to Acomb Explore Library to see a selection of the city’s original First World War archives.

Don’t miss this rare chance to see ‘Chocolate Letters’ sent from York soldiers to the Lord Mayor and Sherriff after Christmas 1914, photographs of air raid damage and more in your locality.

For more information please call the library on (01904) 552651 or acomb@exploreyork.org.uk.

What’s on in York: Discover your WWI Ancestors

Acomb Explore Library :

Oct _5WWI Ancestors - Yortime

Fri 5 Oct :

10.00am – 2.00pm :

Free

To mark the 100 year anniversary of the end of WW1 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in York and volunteer Family History Researchers have agreed to help anyone in York to find a WW1 ancestor.

Take this opportunity to drop in and meet one of our Family History Researchers and join us and the city in lifting the shadow of the First World War.

For more information please call the library on (01904) 552651 or acomb@exploreyork.org.uk.

There is a whole programme of events to celebrate  WW1 Commemorations in York please download to see what is happening around York

What’s on in York: York’s records of the First World War

York Explore Library

Oct _1York Records - Yortime:Mon 1 Oct – Sat 17 Nov :

Library opening Times :

Free

Pop in to the York Explore Library foyer to see a selection of our original WWI archives on display in our exhibition case.

From Chocolate letters to Conscientious Objectors to photographs of air raid damage this collection highlights the local impact of WWI on the city.