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Osbaldwick School's colourful entry

York Art Gallery with the five winning schools' images

Chairman Andrew Scott gives Michala Pearson her MA award, January 2017

Secondary school competition in the Guildhall, November 2016

Primary school competition entrants in the Merchant Adventurers Hall, July 2016

Gregory the Town House Mouse leads a new trail for children to find their way round Fairfax House

York St John students inspect Fairfax House's Georgian kitchen

Former President Darrell Buttery with Pocklington School students. Guided walks can be arranged.

Lord Fairfax, family and servants entertain at Fairfax House, York. Schools can experience this.
York Civic Trust is keen to inform the general public about the special character of York. We hope residents and students of all ages will want to understand the city's history and appreciate its architecture. 

York Civic Trust and York Art Gallery jointly organised a competition for York primary schools, based on John Piper's 1951 painting View from Clifford's Tower. Schools were asked to provide An Alternative View of York. The five winning schools: Copmanthorpe, Rufforth, Danesgate, Osbaldwick and Knavesmire were awarded with two days of workshops with an artist.

Their resulting images have been photographed in high definition and displayed on the panels on the fašade of York Art Gallery. Their original work, and also the best from all the 15 participating schools, were displayed in the Art Gallery's project room until the end of July.  For more information, see the York Press of 11 May, a feature by Stephen Lewis: http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15280107.Child_s_eye_views_of_York_take_pride_of_place_at_city_art_gallery/?ref=twtrec

Here are other examples of outreach to young people to introduce them to the values of the Trust.

- The Trust has supported the University of York by instituting a prize for the best student in the Department of Archaeology's Cultural Heritage Management Masters programme. In January 2017 Michala Pearson (aside) received her MA and her Trust award for her dissertation.     
- In association with the City of York Council the Trust backed successful applications for three AHRC/ Univ of York Collaborative Doctoral Awards relating to World Heritage and cultural heritage values.

Other initiatives towards freshers have led to:
-  city walls walks by new students of Alcuin College
-  a visit by students of York St John History Group to Fairfax House
-  guided walks led by the former Trust Chairman for York St John students and by the Trust President for Pocklington School boarders, around the highlights of York heritage.

We hope to hear from teachers or educational groups who would like to arrange a special walk around York or visit to Fairfax House.

We run public speaking competitions for both primary and secondary school pupils. The latest was for secondary school pupils on 16 November 2016, when Bootham School won the prize, speaking in York's Council Chamber.  The other 2016 competiton, in July, was won by a girl and boy from St Wilfrid's Primary school, from 13 other schools.  You can see more on this page
(For the earliest public speaking competitions, see this page.)

Dancing was an important feature of eighteenth century life. Here is a link to the page about the Georgian Ball which the Trust organised in 2007 for sixth form students, at York's Assembly Rooms.

Walking tours of the city can be repeated by the Trust for other students, or for other groups.

Would you like to become a member of York Civic Trust, or buy gift membership for someone? We welcome people of all ages.