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. Our activities include:

Public Speaking Competitions

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

Lord Mayor Keith Morrell and participants of the 2018 Public Speaking Competition

Education Packs

New for 2018: York Civic Trust has worked in partnership with the archives team at Explore York to produce education packs for KS2 students and teachers in York to explore poverty in Victorian York and the lives and deeds of suffragettes in the city.

This weblink provides more information on the new education packs, and how to download them for free.

Art Competition

In 2017 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