Resilience Year 2 Projects




In 2015 Arts Council England awarded York Archaeological Trust Printthe first of two major grants within its Museum’s Resilience funding programme. The £69,290 awarded was used extensively to develop our research and access strategy for our collections and create useful opportunities for our staff and volunteers to develop their skills and expertise

A second grant of £273,765 was award in 2017, enabling us to extend and develop this programme; creating even greater resilience within YAT for years to come.

This financial support is being used to:

  • Make our whole collection more accessible at our store, in our museums, at other people’s museums, in the community and virtually on the web.
  • Extend the knowledge and skills of our own staff and volunteers by creating exciting opportunities to work across-departments and on new projects.
  • Generate greater understanding of our collection by working in partnership with Universities and other experts and offering more opportunities to use our collections for research projects, large and small.
  • Create new educational opportunities for students of all ages.
  • Share best practice within the sector, and externally, through mentoring and providing easy access to our knowledge and skills.

We are continuing to collaborate with many partners, including universities, individual experts and other museums, where specialists are undertaking original research on elements of our collection to generate new and increased understanding.

All of this research will appear on this web site as the year progresses, some will become the foundation for new exhibitions at our attractions or the basis for a conference or other event. Please keep visiting this site to find out more.

Digging for History: York

One project already completed for year 2 was working with the Yorkshire Film Archive in digitising this 1974 film produced by the Film Unit and Television Service at Leeds University. Two copies of this 16mm film (one held by YFA and the other by YAT) were reviewed, and the higher quality example was selected for digitisation.

Digging for History – York was toured by YAT for projection at local schools in the 1970s. Today, it stands as a valuable record of the rescue archaeology carried out by YAT in its earliest years, with commentary by significant figures in York archaeology and heritage including Peter Addyman.

We continue to engage new and current staff and volunteers with all of this work including intern placements within our Collections, Community and Marketing teams, and secondments throughout the organisation. You can read about their experiences here

If you are interested in getting involved in this project as a Volunteer within our Collections Management Department we would be pleased to hear from you. Please contact Helen Harris, Volunteer Manager, at