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York 1844 and All That: history 175 years on - an informal gathering

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York Explore Library and Archive (Marriott Room)

Library Square

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YO1 7DS

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Join us on March 12th for a gathering of enthusiasts focussing on a unique period in York's history!

UPDATE: 8 December 2018

Thank you for supporting “York in the 1840s” on March 12th 2019 in the Marriott Room, York Explore. Please invite your friends to join us too: details here at york1844.eventbrite.co.uk

This will be a unique event, focussing on one particular time and place rather than academic themes. Everyone is welcome. Space is still available if you would like to speak or do a display.

Apart from the usual conference stuff, there will be quizzes, music, drama and 1840s buns!

Six sessions will start on the hour at 10, 11, 12, 2, 3 and 4 o’clock. Each will have 3-4 papers and will last 40 minutes followed by discussion, coffee/tea and whatever takes your fancy. Topics are wide and varied: York’s MPs; maps and chaps from church, medicine and commerce, carters and transport, trains, drains and brains, photos, censuses and scandals. George Hudson, Dean Cockburn, and Felix Mendelssohn will be there!

Could you offer 5-10 minutes or a poster on your York family in the 1840s, or on the census in your area, or another topic of the times? I'd particular welcome more focus on women or the underclasses. Please let me know. Also, please say if you can help with research before the meeting e.g. on the 1841 and 1851 censuses, or on food and adverts in the 1840s, or if you have other ideas about how to make the day a great success.



Can you imagine a circle centred round York in 1844?

Give it fuzzy boundaries; include several miles around York and some years around 1844. Your circle might stretch from Victoria's Coronation in 1838 to the Chartists of Malton in 1848. Or maybe even to 1853 when the Crimean War started - the only European War in Britain's 1815-1914 short century of peace.

What was it like living in York then? How does this relate to York today?

We'll hear themes common and uncommon: Did you know that in York in 1844:

  • Photography arrived
  • Thomas Laycock publicised York's cholera
  • For a week at the end of September, York was THE centre of world science
  • The King of Saxony came for tea!

Family history, local history, world history will join to form a panorama focussed on one time and place. Would YOU like to do something?

  • Have you some artefacts from this period? - let us know about them!
  • Tell us about YOUR family in the 1840s
  • Research the 1841 and 1851 censuses in YOUR area
  • Pick up your hobby or interest, and locate it around York 1844.

We expect films/music/drama: walks and talks, maps and chaps, trains and drains, methodists, methodologists, architects, engines and engineers. And Deans and dons disputing the beginning and end of the world. The answer is 42 and 4004 BC! Book now!

Please tell your friends too. Email jb43@york.ac.uk if you could do a poster or a 5-minute talk - or more.

EVERYBODY is invited - please pre-book to reserve a place: it's FREE !!!


This gathering or "UNconference" includes everything you might expect and some that you wouldn't: informal 2019-style presentations, discussion, snacks and chats with interesting participants.

But there will also be music, film and drama, and an associated city walk (to be confirmed).

Our two sessions start at 10am and 2pm, with coffee for early arrivals.
The morning session is "People and Places"; the afternoon session is "Ideas and Themes".
You can book for one or both, as you choose.


What will it cost? That's up to you. These are "Pay As You Feel" sessions i.e. FREE or by donation.

We need to take about £10 per person to cover our costs. So if you can donate £10 or more that will be appreciated, as will £5 or any amount.

As an incentive to pre-book, if you donate £10 or more IN ADVANCE, you will receive "Gold Star" priority booking with pure Yorkshire gold!

Follow up: We hope to follow the gathering with a book or booklet.

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York Explore Library and Archive (Marriott Room)

Library Square

York

YO1 7DS

United Kingdom

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Refunds up to 7 days before event

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