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Archaeology Live! Community Drop-in Events: Sharing Stories of York
31st July 2021
28th August 2021
Acomb Explore, Tang Hall Explore, York Explore, Strensall Library and Haxby & Wiggington Library
Drop-in event

Saturdays from 31 July to 28 August 2021

Are you interested in the history of York? Do you ever imagine what games the Roman citizens of York were playing 2000 years ago? Have you ever thought about what someone might have snacked on whilst watching a theatre show during the Second World War?

If the answer is ‘yes!’ (or ‘no’ but now you’re intrigued…), come along to one of York Archaeological Trust’s Saturday drop-in events taking place across the city in five Explore York libraries during July and August. You’ll get the opportunity to explore a selection of objects, that have never previously been displayed, from our vast collection of finds discovered on excavations across the city. Members of our Collections and Community Engagement teams and volunteers will be on hand to share insights into the objects on display and invite you to discover stories that reveal the people and history of York from the Roman period to the present day.

But that’s not all!

We want to hear from you about your stories and memories of the people, places and events which have shaped your part of the city and made it your York.

We are inviting you to bring along your own objects, stories or memories to the Sharing Stories events that reveal the experiences you, your friends and your family have of living in York. This could be a response to some of York’s places and people, a personal recollection of more recent events, or a family story linked to memories of past lives in the city.

We would love to record these through photography and written or spoken statements to help us build a picture of York’s personal and community histories for future generations. Submissions will be added to a bank for us to consider for future display in a new digital space and/or our community exhibitions.

If this is something you would like to take part in then come along and see us at one of the following libraries:

Acomb Explore, Front Street, Acomb, YO24 3BZ on Saturday 31st July from 10 am - 2.30 pm
Tang Hall Explore, The Centre @ Burnholme, Mossdale Avenue, YO3 0HA on Saturday 7th August from 10 am - 3.30 pm
York Explore, Library Square, York, YO1 7DS on Saturday 14th August from 10 am - 3.30 pm
Strensall Library, 19 The Village, Strensall, York, YO32 5XS on Saturday 21st August from 10 am - 12 am
Haxby & Wiggington Library, Oaken Grove Community Centre, Reid Park, Haxby, York, YO32 3QW on Saturday 28 August from 10 am - 1 pm

We look forward to welcoming you and sharing stories about the people of York past and present!

Please be aware that, whilst we know many national restrictions have been lifted, we want vulnerable people and those awaiting vaccination to feel safe and confident to visit our drop-in events. Our staff and volunteers will therefore be wearing face coverings unless exempt. We kindly encourage visitors to our events to consider wearing face coverings, sanitise their hands and respect others’ space whilst engaging with our staff and volunteers.

Information on accessibility and facilities at each library can be found on their website For information about the events please contact our Community Engagement Assistant, Katrina Gargett, at or on 07553 628144.

Can’t make it to the library events? We hope to launch some further opportunities to share your stories of York later this year.
To hear more about how you may be able to get involved with these, sign-up to our Voluntary Voices mailing list here
We will share news and information with you about future volunteering opportunities to share your York stories both remotely and at our events. We will also let you know about any future opportunities to help us discover more about York’s past through our remote/ digital volunteering roles.