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Second Tuesday Talk - "The Heart of Yorkshire: Creativity and Culture in York Minster’s Collections"
In September 2020, a new temporary exhibition will open in the 13th century Chapter House of York Minster. Like so many institutions, normal operations at the Minster have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Although the Minster is now open for prayer and worship and to visitors, some restrictions remain in place. Reopening the Undercroft Museum, which is a rather constricted space, presents a number of challenges, though plans are underway.

During this unprecedented time, a temporary exhibition in the spacious Chapter House provides an opportunity to showcase objects not usually on long-term display. ‘The Heart of Yorkshire: Creativity and Culture in York Minster’s Collections’ features items made in York or intrinsically associated with the area. Creativity has thrived in York throughout the city’s existence. Goldsmiths, glaziers and stonemasons; scribes, printers and book-binders; writers, artists and performers have contributed to the dynamic cultural life of the city and region.

The exhibition, which is co-curated by Dr Helen Rawson, Head of Heritage at York Minster, and by Peter Young and Sarah Griffin, the Archivist and Librarian of York Minster, highlights a selection of items from the Minster’s collections, from stained glass and silver to beautifully illuminated manuscripts, printed books, York’s first newspaper and playbills from the Theatre Royal.

In the last of our Summer series of Second Tuesday Talks, Helen will discuss the objects and their history, and explore the considerations, challenges and opportunities of putting together an exhibition in a ‘non-museum’ space. Following Helen’s presentation, she will be joined by Peter Young and Sarah Griffin, for a Q&A discussion session. Together, they will take questions from the audience and explain York Minster Library, Archives and Museum’s mission to care for the Minster’s wide-ranging collections and make them accessible to visitors and researchers.

Sep 8, 2020 07:00 PM in London

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