York’s LGBT History: make your own rainbow plaque
20th February, 1pm-5pm
There are over seventy blue plaques around York commemorating famous people or events.
To celebrate York LGBT History Month 2016, we invite you to create your own rainbow plaques to mark places of personal and political significance to LGBT history. Drop into Explore York between 1pm and 3pm to make your removable cardboard plaque. After 3pm, we’ll distribute them around the city. If you arrive after that time, we’ll leave contact details with Explore so you can find out how to join us en route.
Venue: Marriott Room, Explore York Libraries & Archives, Library Square, Museum Street, York YO1 7DS
Accessibility: Baby changing, Wheelchair access
Meet at 1pm at Friends Meeting House
In York there are over seventy blue plaques around York commemorating famous people or events.
To celebrate York LGBT History Month 2015, we invite you to create your own rainbow plaque telling the LGBT history of our city. Together we’ll mark places of personal significance and political importance, highlighting the diverse stories that run through York’s streets. We’ll then distribute (the safe and easily removable) cardboard plaques around the city, recording the stories and photographing them for an archive of the day.
There are two options for sharing your histories, stories and memories:
1) Send us your plaque entries in advance and we’ll get them printed out on our cardboard rainbow plaques to be ceremoniously unveiled on the day. Deadline for this is 22nd February 2014. Send ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Drop in during the afternoon to customize one of the rainbow plaques.
Following a wide range of press coverage this week in York Press and BBC Radio York – and some misunderstandings of the aims and content of Paul’s York: A Walk on the Wild Side book – we’ve decided the best thing is to make available freely the PDF. So if you’re interested in finding out what Paul’s really saying, then read away!
Some of the debate has been fair enough. Paul’s argument is that York’s official representations haven’t always celebrated and brought to life the richer and less marketable histories. And we’re not scared of the debate, after all the point of York’s Alternative History has always been to do cultural politics; to tell lots of different stories about the city’s past so that the future can be ours for the making. It’s been great to see that Paul’s work has done that job so well.
Beautifully designed and printed hard copies also still available. Either pay via cheque or pay pal.
By PayPal: Add you address via PayPal to be posted the book. We can only sell the book for £5 each over the website (not for the multiple copies deal below).
By Post: Price £5 incl. p. and p. for single copies; £9 for 2; £12 for 3. Please send cheques, payable to ‘York Workshops’ (WOWS), to York Workshops, 8 Galtres Grove, York, YO30 8RG
York’s Alternative History are very proud to launch Paul Furness’ York: A Walk on the Wild Side based on walks Paul has run over the past couple of years. For a taster see this Guardian Northern blog.
In the author’s words:
Even Guy Fawkes has to shout to get himself heard in York and, to add insult to injury, he’s not in this little book either – which makes the point that what is left out of York’s rich history may be more relevant than what gets included in the “official version” that brands this tourist town a must visit experience. Within these pages you’ll find the story of the York “they” don’t want to tell you about – because it doesn’t fit the heritage image which has been invented for the express purpose of shopping! What you are about to read is none of that. Here are tales of riot, rebellion and revolution, music, poets, football and beer along with fights for women’s rights and Gay Liberation – just the story of another Friday night in York in fact!
Price £5 incl. p. and p. for single copies; £9 for 2; £12 for 3. Please send cheques, payable to ‘York Workshops’ (WOWS), to York Workshops, 8 Galtres Grove, York, YO30 8RG