Events

My Future York collaborates with Vespertine and York St John to link our Hungate research with Utopian visions for the future.
My Future York collaborates with Vespertine and York St John to link our Hungate research with Utopian visions for the future.

Forthcoming events:

LGBT History Month
York’s LGBT history: make your own rainbow plaques
Saturday, February 18 at 1 PM – 4:30 PM
Garden Room, York Explore Library and Archives, Library Square, Museum Street, YO1 7DS

There are over seventy blue plaques around York commemorating famous people or events. To celebrate York LGBT History Month 2017, we invite you to create your own rainbow plaques to mark places of personal and/or political significance to LGBT history. Drop into Explore York between 13:00 and 15:00 to make your own removeable cardboard plaque. After 15:00, we’ll distribute them around the city. If you arrive after 15:00, we’ll leave contact details at Explore so you can find out how to join us en route. If you can’t make it, please feel free to email us in advance and we’ll create your plaque!

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Archive of events:

Yorktopia 2026
6pm-9pm, 23rd November 2016
Venue: Hiscox, St Anthony’s Hall and the Black Swan, Hungate

The My Future York research project are working in collaboration with visual arts and music students from York St John University and Vespertine – a contemporary arts project – to ask the question: Will the future be more like the past than the present? To explore this question, we will look back to look forward, using provocative contrasts been the pasts and the presents of York’s cityscape and ways of life in order to open up radical visions for York’s future.

We will show a film – not before seen publically – of the Hungate area. The footage was found in a biscuit tin and donated to the Yorkshire Film Archive on hand-made film reels and gives a glimpse into the Hungate of the 1930s showing long gone streets, houses and the street parties. The film will be screened in Hiscox, one of York’s most futuristic buildings. The histories of housing in Hungate will be explored through research conducted by York Past and Present using the city archives. Glimpses of Hungate’s past, its celebrations, it’s conditions, it reputation and the desire of government to institute improvements, will be used to ask critical questions about homes and housing in York today and generate hopeful visions for living in 2026.

To inspire and challenge our vision making, Hungate’s contrasting buildings will provide backdrop for utopian slide projections and futuristic soundscapes by York St John students. The trail will end at The Black Swan, where historians and futurists alike are invited to a future folk party set in the year 2026.

A map used to mark areas for clearance to make way for the planned Inner Ring Road, which was over turned by the Secretary of State in 1975 following strong activist campaign by York 2000 and a public inquiry.
A map used to mark areas for clearance to make way for the planned Inner Ring Road, which was over turned by the Secretary of State in 1975 following strong activist campaign by York 2000 and a public inquiry.

My Future York stalls
Come and meet the My Future York team and share your own Day in My Life

24th September, 2-4pm. My Future York stall on Bishopthorpe Road.
1st October, 2-4pm. My Future York stall on Front Street, Acomb.

Join us to make sense of all the ideas at our next Open Analysis Workshop:
19th November 2-4pm
Venue to be confirmed. Express interest via myfutureyorkresearch@gmail.com

Futures that didn’t happen: York’s Inner Ring Road
8th September 2016, 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Meet at the top of The Mount (outside Carlton House Guest House) – walking tour

Join our My Future York research team to explore the plans – developed in the 1960s and 1970s – for York’s Inner Ring Road. The plans would have seen large-scale demolition and were contested by local activists through local action groups and a campaign called York 2000. We will visit areas that would have been affected by the plans and explore the activist techniques that led to proposals being sent to Public Inquiry and then ultimately being overtuned by the Secretary of State in 1975.

The My Future York project is developing richer understandings of the city’s history to help inspire new alternative visions and ideas for York’s future. Book your free place.

My Future York holds all sorts of events to open up questions of how the city's pasts presents and futures might connect. Where the skylarks still nest was a walk held in August 2016 to explore the histories and futures of York's strays and green spaces.
My Future York holds all sorts of events to open up questions of how the city’s pasts presents and futures might connect. ‘Where the skylarks still nest’ (pictured) was a walk held in August 2016 to explore the histories and futures of York’s strays and green spaces.

Where the skylarks still nest
4th August 2016
From Milking Hill to Asylum Lane, Plague Stones to Gallows. Join us on 4th August for an exploration of York Strays. Meeting at 5.30pm, and led by Dr. Victoria Buckley, we will walk over Hob Moor, an open green space in continual use since 1347. We will explore the history of York’s strays, and consider their relevance to both the city’s past and the role and planning for green spaces as part of York’s future. Our walk will be followed by an informal pub discussion.

All welcome – book here.

Hungate in the archives: Histories of hopes for York’s housing

21st June, 3-5.30pm, York Explore Libraries and Archives

York Past and Present have been using the city’s archives to explore the histories of housing Hungate and drawing out the political reasoning for clearing the area. What can we tell by looking back at the hopes people had then for housing in York? Can any of the ideas then inspire or provoke alternative visions for housing today?

Part of the MyFutureYork project. The MyFutureYork project is developing richer understandings of the city’s history to help inspire new alternative visions and ideas for York’s future.

As we’ll be working with archive material places are limited, book a free place

My Future York/ Day in My Life: Open analysis workshop 1
16th July 2016, 2-4pm
York Explore Libraries and Archives
Join the My Future York team for our first open analysis workshop. In this workshop we will look at the Day in My Life stories submitted at this early point (we’re calling for stories until the end of September). How can we interpret the stories? What themes are emerging? What public event might help explore emerging issues further?
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My Future York rewrote the sign in the City of York Council Chamber to inspire the stall at the Somerset House Utopian Fair, 26th-28th June 2016.
My Future York rewrote the sign in the City of York Council Chamber to inspire the stall at the Somerset House Utopian Fair, 26th-28th June 2016.

My Future York Utopian Council
27th July, 3pm-6pm
In the City of York Council Chamber there is a sign which reads: ‘No manifestation of feelings on the part of the public will be allowed during council meeting’.

Inspired by this sign – and the desire to think about different kinds of relationships between local government and ‘the public’ – My Future York took a stall to the Utopia Fair at Somerset House on 26th-28th June. We asked people to write to the Utopian Council 2066 with their ideas and what they’d like to contribute. On 27th July, we invite the people of York to cone and convene the Utopia Council. We will read out the letters contributed and we will use storytelling techniques to write back to each of our letter writers. We will thank them for their ideas and contributions and imagine what happened next… through this we will identify new possibilities for how local Councils and local people might interrelated which we will take back into the My Future York project.

For more information on the Somerset House Utopia Fair and the My Future York contribution see our news piece by Liz Stainforth.
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