Research Projects

 

Our collection represents one of the most extensive archaeological assemblages from Britain and, as such, it is of national, regional and local importance. The archive contains site records, artefacts and ecofacts from over 800 archaeological interventions ranging from major excavations to small evaluations and watching briefs.

The research potential is immense, as our collection includes a wide range of material types including artefacts, environmental soil samples, human remains and architectural fragments.

As the excavations were spread across the city they offer the potential to study specific districts as well as specific periods of history; given that the deposits excavated cover all periods of British history from the Romans to the Victorians.

 
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We continue to engage new and current staff and volunteers with all of this work including secondments within our Collections, Community and Marketing teams, and secondments throughout the organisation.

You can read about their experiences here

 

Finding the Future - Year 1

 

In 2015 Arts Council England awarded York Archaeological Trust £69,290 as part of its Museum’s Resilience funding programme. This financial support is being used to develop our research and access strategy for our collections by:

  • Making our whole collection more accessible at our store, in our museums, at other people’s museums, in the community and virtually on the web.

  • Extending the knowledge and skills of our own staff and volunteers by creating exciting opportunities to work across-departments and on new projects.

  • Generating 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.

  • Creating new educational opportunities for students of all ages.

  • Sharing best practice within the sector, and externally, through mentoring and providing easy access to our knowledge and skills.

In this first year we collaborated with many partners, including universities, individual experts and other museums, where specialists undertook original research on elements of our collection to generate new and increased understanding.

All of this research appears on this web site and some will become the foundation for new exhibitions at our attractions or the basis for a conference or other event.

 
 

Year 1 Projects

Finding the Future - Year 2

 

A second grant of £273,765 was awarded 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.

 
 

Year 2 Projects