The Stonebow Inquiry: Past, Present, Future – 12th April

What is the history of the Stonebow area? Who uses Stonebow House today? How can we make a decision about the future of Stonebow House?

12th April, 11-3pm
Central Methodist Church

Stonebow House - built in 1964 - was designed by Wells, Hickman and Partners, commissioned through an open tender by City of York Council.

Stonebow House – built in 1964 – was designed by Wells, Hickman and Partners, commissioned through an open tender by City of York Council.

In 1955 a new road was created, demolishing the Old George Hotel.
Before that there was Hungate, a densely packed area of housing and workshops.
In 1964 Stonebow House was built.
In it was Carline’s, (possibly) York’s first supermarket, where you could save 2p on a bag of sugar.
In 1992 a venue opened, it became much loved, it was called Fibbers.
And on 7th January 2014, the City of York Council decided to buy the freehold to Stonebow House with the aim of ‘entering negotiations with the long leaseholder on options for the building and sites future’.

Some kind of decision about Stonebow House is coming.

The Stonebow Inquiry will ask three questions:

• How can all of us in York make good decisions about the future of Stonebow House?
• What do we need to know?
• Who needs to be involved?

On the day we will explore these questions by sharing what we’ve learnt so far in the Inquiry through archival research and people sharing their knowledge, stories, memories or photographs:

• What is the pre-Stonebow history of the site?
• What is the history of the building and area since 1964?
• Who used, and uses, the building?

We will then move on to consider how a good decision might be made. How might expanding what counts as an evidence-base help create engaged public debate? How can people who care about the area and the building shape any future decisions?

The event will involve a number of different activities from walking tours around the site to group discussions. At this stage we aren’t trying to make the decision itself. We are trying to think about how a decision might be ultimately made that democratically engages York’s citizens.

To register for your free place: http://thestonebowinquiry.eventbrite.co.uk

Refreshments and lunch provided free of charge.

This event is part of the York: Living with History Inquiry. It is jointly funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council via the ‘How should decisions about heritage be made?’ project and the EPSRC Culture and Communities Network+ ‘StoryStorm’ Network.

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