York residents invited to reveal their treasures for an online museum

Posted on July 6, 2022

York residents are invited to contribute their personal treasures for a unique digital museum collection.

Experts will welcome the public during the museum’s roadshows. Photo credit: Colleen Morgan

The museum of me is a joint initiative of the University of York and the York Archaeological Trust, in which people can submit a memento that they believe has a connection to the city.

Six roadshows will be organized in neighborhood libraries in July and August. University students, alongside York Archaeological Trust staff, will be on hand to greet the owners and learn more about the objects, and will photograph each one before uploading the ‘exhibition’ to a digital display . Each will be presented as a museum exhibit, accompanied by descriptions.

The project team is keen to accommodate a wide variety of objects; these could be something like a commemorative mug of an event; a medal given at a local school; crockery or coins found by children in a garden; or just a mysterious old object found on a walk. The aim is to capture all of York’s past, from Viking times to the present day.

emotional attachment

Professor Stephanie Wynne-Jones, from the University’s Department of Archeology, hopes the Museum of Me project will encourage citizens to engage with York’s heritage in a new way.

She said: “We invest in the objects with a lot of emotion, and they are often a kind of shorthand for the whole world they come from; whether it’s a room in your house, a Viking street or the Roman Empire! The only criteria is that the object must symbolize something about York and the person’s attachment to York.

Experts from the University of York and the York Archaeological Trust will be on hand to welcome the public during the tours.

Archaeological discoveries

Helen Harris, Head of Volunteering at York Archaeological Trust, celebrating her 50the anniversary this year, said: “As well as encouraging people to bring their own much-loved items, the events will be a relaxed and fun opportunity to explore our existing collections and view some of the fascinating archaeological finds uncovered in the city by the Trust.

Professor Wynne-Jones adds: “We really hope everyone gets involved. This will capture a lot of stories and unlock a lot of memories!

YAT and the University of York hope to make roadshows an annual event allowing residents to become more engaged with their heritage and create their own content for museums and exhibitions of the future.

Further information :

Guided tours of the Museum of Me:

  • Saturday July 23 – Library of the Ringhouses 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 30 – York Explore 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 6 – Tang Hall Library 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday August 13 – Strensall Library 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Saturday August 20 – Acomb Library 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 27 – Huntington Library 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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