York’s LGBT History: make your own rainbow plaque, 20th February

As part of York’s LBGT History Month, York’s Alternative History are hosting (for the second year)…

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

Tickets: None required

Photos from last year’s event:

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Reflections on Rainbow Plaques Day

Guppys with its celebratory Rainbow Plaque

Guppys with its celebratory Rainbow Plaque

Kit Heyam’s blog post on LGBT History Month has appeared on Notches:(re)marks on the History of sexuality).

Kit says: ‘The appearance of the plaques was important: our design mirrored the iconic blue roundel, with all its legitimating potential, but also visibly signalled the stories’ queerness.’

You can follow our route and the plaques made and ceremoniously stuck up on historypin.

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Then and Now image of Little Black Street, removed to create Duncombe Place and a clear view of the Minister. Image created by Richard and Lianne Brigham, York Past and Present.

Then and Now image of Little Black Street, removed to create Duncombe Place and a clear view of the Minister. Image created by Richard and Lianne Brigham, York Past and Present.


What has heritage ever done for us? (…and what would we like heritage to do for York?):
Community visions for the future of York’s heritage

20th June 2015
1.30 – 4.30pm
Friargate Meeting House

Book free tickets.

We invite anyone interested in York’s future to join us to explore what ‘heritage’ might have to do with it.

York is a city known for its heritage.
York also faces certain challenges: for example housing, wages and making the city centre an affordable and easy place to spend time during the day and at night.

How can we think about York’s heritage in ways which help us address these challenges?
How might York’s heritage become a resource that helps us live well together?

We’ll hear from lots of different people about their visions for the future of York’s heritage.

We’ll also work together to make plans. What do you know about York’s history – or the challenges the city faces today – and how can you contribute?

Part of the ‘How should decisions about heritage be made?’ project and the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Connected Communities Festival.

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