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. Trust President Peter Addyman gives Isabel Bartley her MA dissertation award at the King's Manor, January 2016
In addition to the events programme which informs and enriches the knowledge of Trust members, 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. Here are some highlights of our 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 most recent primary school competition was on 6 July 2016, when a girl and boy from St Wilfrid's Primary school won the prize from 13 other schools. You can see more on this page
(For the earliest public speaking competitions, see this page
offers children (with their teachers) a chance to learn about York's rich history and experience life in an eighteenth century townhouse in Castlegate. Staff and trained volunteers - many of them former teachers - are in costume and in role. The children are challenged to understand the difference between life 250 years ago and today.
We gladly work with teachers who see this as a benefit to their curriculum. Here is a link to the relevant Fairfax House page
. Our Education Pack was updated to meet the 2015 curriculum.
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.
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.