Education: An introduction

York Civic Trust aims to inform and excite the young people of York from pre-school through to University level about the rich heritage of our city.

Every year we hold public speaking competitions for both primary and secondary schools on relevant topics, and award a dissertation prize to university students.


Ruby Harrison and Freddie Thornton from St Wilfrid’s RC Primary School giving their prize winning speech during the 2017 public Speaking competition


This year we also ran an art competition with York Art Gallery in which primary school students produced their own Alternative View of York: artworks which were then exhibited at the Art Gallery and on the front of the building.


Osbaldwick School’s winning entry in the 2017 ‘Alternative View of York’ art competition


We are also preparing local history based Education Packs to help teachers bring York history alive in schools.

We welcome suggestions about how this crucial work of the Trust can be further developed