York’s LGBT History: Write your own rainbow plaque

Lots of events throughout February. See: http://yorklgbthistory.org.uk/

Lots of events throughout February. See: http://yorklgbthistory.org.uk/


28th February
1-4pm
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 yorkalternativehistory@gmail.com

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

Find out what York: A Walk on the Wild Side is really about

Free PDF of York: A Walk on the Wild Side

The front cover of Paul Furness' new pamphlet

The front cover of Paul Furness’ new pamphlet

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).
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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: A Walk on the Wild Side – buy your copy now

The front cover of Paul Furness' new pamphlet

The front cover of Paul Furness’ new pamphlet

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.

York Turned Upside Down!: Looking forward to communities, history and heritage in 2015 and the launch of Paul Furness’ pamphlet York, A Walk on the Wild Side: Tales of Riots, Rebellion and Revolution

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 yorklivingwithhistory@gmail.com

The front cover of Paul Furness' new pamphlet

The front cover of Paul Furness’ new pamphlet

17th December 2014
6-8pm
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 – Programme announced

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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.

Contributors:

John Westmoreland……INTRODUCTION
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
War
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

Available from:

www.firstwwdayschool.eventbrite.co.uk
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

A Critical Perspective on WWI: York Alternative History Group Bring A New Series to the Screen

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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.

Castle Area and Eye of York – a gathering of people and ideas

Castle Area and Eye of York – a gathering of people and ideas
2nd June, 9-3.30pm
Friends Meeting House, Friargate

One of the plaques made for the Write Your Own Plaque Day on 12th May -  focused on trial held of those arrested after 'The Peterloo Massacre' in Manchester.

One of the plaques made for the Write Your Own Plaque Day on 12th May – focused on trial held of those arrested after ‘The Peterloo Massacre’ in Manchester.

What are the histories of the Castle and Eye of York area? How is it used today? How might we like to use the area in the future?

In 2003 the Coppergate II Public Inquiry reported, rejecting a scheme for a second shopping centre in the area that would have including building close to bottom of the mound of Clifford’s Tower. The accompanying statement emphasized the historic environment: ‘The Secretary of State [John Prescott] is concerned that the siting of the development in relation to Clifford’s Tower fails to have sufficient regard to the desirability of preserving the listed building and its setting’.

Co-ordinated by York Civic Trust as part of the York: Living with History project, Peter Brown, Director, York Civic Trust believes 2nd June event offers an opportunity ‘for a community-led project to bring forward general proposals to redesign the spaces around Clifford’s Tower, and to create, at last, a world-class setting for the world-class monuments’.

On 2nd June the aim is to bring together interested people – organizations and members of the public – to explore the histories, uses and possible futures of the area and, by the end of the day, distil down the principles through which any development on the site could take place’.

In advance of the meeting, York: Living with History will be calling for key histories and uses of the site to contributed via an A-Z of the area and for people to share photographs of the area through the ages.

If you would like to attend the meeting, email PeterBrown@yorkcivictrust.co.uk. If you can’t come to the whole day, we’ll have the results of the crowdsourced exhibition and the draft brief available for discussion at Friends Meeting House, 2nd June, 4-6pm and subsequently via this website.