Here is link to the Historypin tour of the Rainbow Plaques event we held in February… a blog reflecting on the event and it’s various ripples to follow.
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.
The event is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s ‘Connected Communities’ programme via a research project ‘How should decisions about heritage be made?’
Organised by: York’s Alternative History and the York:Living With History project
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 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
York: Walk On The Wild Side is supported by York’s Alternative History and the University of Leeds and is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, through a research project ‘How should decisions about heritage be made?’ / York: Living with History project.
We are now full booked up for this event. if you’d like to be on a waiting list for any ticket returns or if you’d like to buy a copy of York: A Walk on the Wilde Side (£5), then contact email@example.com
17th December 2014
State Room, Mansion House
St Helen’s Square
Join us in the state room at the Mansion House to celebrate 2014’s amazing community history and heritage projects and to look ahead to what’s coming up in 2015.
Book a free place
The World Turned Upside Down: Radical Ideas During the English Revolution, by York-born Christopher Hill, is one of the most famous of a wave of radical histories written in the late 20th century – all of which place the emphasis not on kings and elites but on history from the perspective of the people, ‘from below’. This event aims to celebrate and inspire histories of York not-often told and histories told by people who live here.
As part of the event we will also be launching York: A Walk on the Wild Side: Tales of Riots, Rebellion and Revolution by Paul Furness – in which Christopher Hill’s York story is told. Alongside Paul a range of different people and projects will do a 3 minute turn to get you excited and inspired for 2015. We will plan this a bit like a history-version of an open mike night…so if you have something you want to shout about let us know!
Speakers will include:
Richard Brigham and Lianne Brigham, ‘York Past and Present’
John Oxley (City of York Council, City Archaeologist) ‘York, a community of investigators: Cooperation and collaborations”
Helen Graham (University of Leeds) ‘York: Living with History research project’
Paul Furness, ‘Introducing…York: A Walk on the Wild Side: Tales of Riots, Rebellion and Revolution
This event is organized by York’s Alternative History and the University of Leeds and is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, through a research project ‘How should decisions about heritage be made?’ / York: Living with History project.
York First World War Dayschool:
The Anti-War Perspective
Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET
10.00am to 4.45pm
The York First World War Day-School will provide an alternative to Government plans for a ‘celebration of the national spirit’; and aims to counter romantic, populist, nationalist propaganda; oppose versions of history which serve to facilitate future wars; and offer explanation in place of commemoration. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions, to participate in discussion and to argue.
Lindsey German………. The Suffragettes and the War
John Rees……………… Imperialism and the causes of WW1
Cyril Pearce……………. The Anti-War Movement & the Great War
Donny Gluckstein………Revolution and the End of the War
Charlie McGuire………. Ireland & WW1
Chris Fuller…………….. Industrial Unrest, the Labour Movement & the
Steve Cox……………… WW1 in the Middle East & the Legacy
Owen Clayton…………. A Critical Assessment of the War Poets
Paul Davies & Friends…Trench Songs: Commentary & Performance
TICKETS: Solidarity £7.00 Austerity £4.00
Or phone Hazel: 07895 849 767
Organised by: York Against the War yorkagainstthewar.org.uk
York’s Alternative History yorkalternativehistory.wordpress.com
Sponsored by: History Workshop Journal and York & District Trades Union Council
In collaboration with York Explore and with City Screen and with massive thanks to Gary Craig who has put the whole thing together, York Alternative History Group is co-organising a programme of films offering critical perspectives on World War One, one of a series of events acknowledging the centenary of the five years of the so-called ‘war to end all wars’.
The series asks how should we remember the First World War? Was it a just war against the militarism of Germany and its allies? A war between imperial powers fighting to extend their economic reach? An accident from which no combatant country was able to extricate itself? What we do know is that the outcomes were disastrous. Millions of dead, economies and nation states destroyed, a rewriting of the map of, in particular, Central and Eastern Europe (leading to the rise of fascism in German and Italy) and the Middle East (generating the turbulence and massive loss of life in, especially, Iraq, Syria and Palestine), and, of course, the Second World War, which extended the combat to become a truly global conflict. How do we remember the courage of those many who refused to participate?
YAH hopes to raise some of these questions through its events. This is an opportunity to challenge common perceptions and some myths, and discuss and debate other perspectives than those of government.
Accompanying most of the film screenings, York Explore will be displaying material including maps and photographs illustrating the impact that the war had on the residents of York, plus a brief talk to introduce the film and our wider programme of work. YAH hope to show films in future providing perspectives from some of the other major combatants (Germany, Turkey, Russia, USA).
A full list of the film screenings, with further details and booking arrangements are available in the City Screen Picture House brochures.
4 AUGUST – A NIGHT AT THE CINEMA 1914
A compilation of short films, illustrating the context of the time: what 1914 felt like in the UK).
7 SEPTEMBER – PATHS OF GLORY
Kubrick’s anti-war statement in which a group of French soldiers revolt against a suicidal mission and are pursued by their corrupt superiors who demand their punishment.
5 OCTOBER – WINGS
An action film about early aviators: a humanist exploration of the devastating results of war. Winner of the first ever Academy Award for Best Picture.
20 OCTOBER 5pm – LE GRANDE ILLUSION
Renoir’s first masterpiece is one of the greatest anti-war statements in cinema, a portrait of prisoners of war attempting to escape.
11 NOVEMBER (Armistice Day)
A special related film screening, further details to be announced shortly.
24 NOVEMBER 4.30pm – OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR This famous anti-war satire thinly veils the horror of the war in song and dance routines performed by pierrots who regularly tot up the dead on a scoreboard.