Landscapes of Remembrance – The Stories of York Memorials

Landscapes of Remembrance – The Stories of York Memorials

Community Archaeologists from York Archaeological Trust are launching a new project with the community to rediscover the stories behind the memorials to York’s fallen during the First World War.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Landscapes of Remembrance invites local people to explore memorials and the relationship we have with them today and had in the past.  Volunteers will be recording monuments in churches, squares, on public buildings and in public spaces.

Photographing a war memorial at SledmereDr Jon Kenny, YAT’s Community Archaeologist leading the project, said ‘I am really excited to be discovering the stories of places around us large and small, obvious and difficult to see.  I am also looking forward to uncovering people’s own personal experience of these places. We will need a team to carry out different tasks, recording monuments or looking for documents. To build up our team we will offer a number of workshops about archaeological recording, historical research and photographic methods.’

Volunteers will be looking at the stories behind who created the memorials, where they are sited in the landscape, what symbols, words and pictures they use, and what this tells us today about how communities chose to commemorate the fallen.  Part of the project will be the making of a film which will record the journey of exploration as well as gather interviews exploring the relationship we have with memorials today.

If you would like to get involved with this project please contact Jane Stockdale at jstockdale@yorkat.co.uk.  There will be an opportunity to find out more about the project with a short presentation from Dr Kenny and the project team at DIG, St Saviourgate, York, on 22nd October, between 6pm – 8pm.

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