Archaeologists to Offer Advice on Protecting Your Precious Memories

Archaeologists to Offer Advice on Protecting Your Precious Memories

We may live in a digital age, where the majority of photographs taken are on your Smartphone and memories are shared on a screen but there are still those precious items in our homes that we treasure beyond anything else. Be they wedding photos, baby clothes, a treasured piece of jewellery or a letter with significance, it is these ‘star objects’ that experts from York Archaeological Trust (YAT) are keen to help people protect in a crisis.

“Our conservation team are experts in dealing with waterlogged artefacts that can be anything from 100 to 1,000 years old, drying them out and getting them into a condition to be preserved so they can be viewed and enjoyed by the public for years to come. It is these skills and the knowledge they possess about keeping items safe from harm that we are keen to share.”

Commented Jen Jackson, Community Engagement Manager at YAT.

Indeed, it is these skills that the team from YAT will be able to share with visitors at two special workshop days taking place in July at DIG, St Saviourgate. Each day will consist of two workshops, with one designed especially with the whole family in mind.

“The belongings chosen for ‘star object’ status by a young person may be very different from those chosen by an adult. By having a separate plan for their objects, the young person is encouraged to feel in control of the situation and which important artefacts of their life they want to protect.”

Continued Jen.

The Protect Precious Memories workshops are taking place at DIG – An Archaeological Adventure, St Saviourgate on Saturday 8th and 22nd July between 10am and 4pm. Each workshop is 2 hours long and visitors are encouraged to register their interest, free of charge, at or call 01904 615505.



Notes to Editors

Header images shows the Conservation laboratory at York Archaeological Trust

About the Protect Precious Memories Project

The Protect Precious Memories project is an initiative funded by the Two Ridings Community Foundation to help ease the suffering of those affected by flooding and other natural disasters. It follows the work the foundation undertook in York in aftermath of the Boxing Day Floods, including their support to the re-imagining of JORVIK Viking Centre.

About Two Ridings Community Foundation

Two Ridings Community Foundation is one of 46 community foundations in the UK with the shared aim of helping individuals, families, entrepreneurs, companies, charitable trusts and public sector bodies connect with, support and invest in their local communities across the UK. They address a wide range of issues and provide funding to the hardest to reach communities through ‘grassroots’ charities and community groups.

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