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York Science Trails Group SPECIAL OCTOBER MEETING at Borthwick Institute

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Borthwick Institute (in University Library)

University Road


YO10 5D

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The York Science Trails Group (YSTG) usually meets in King's Manor refectory at 12 noon on the 2nd Monday of each month.

However, our session on October 9th will be different.

This is OPEN TO EVERYONE. We shall visit the Borthwick Insititute in the University Library and inspect their archives relating to York's scientific history. These include:

1. The York Dispensary and Thomas Laycock

2. The Retreat, Clifton Hospital, and other York hospitals

3. Vickers Scientific Instruments and Thomas Cooke

4. The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and other natural history societies

5. The Rowntree and Terry confectionery companies

This session will be repeated TWICE, starting at 12 noon and at 2pm. Please book for the time you prefer.

Please let Lydia Dean know of any specific Borthwick items that you would particularly like to see. Her direct email is, and you can browse the Borthwick Institute's online catalogue at

​For information about YSTG please contact John Bibby at

NB: This event forms part of the York 50+ Festival, of which the core dates are 30 September - 8 October. A full 80-page programme can be downloaded from

Please note: the entry on p.73 of the printed Festival Programme is wrong, and is superceded by the above. PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS.


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================================ Items relating to the history of the YSTG

York Science Trails: a new project

Diversifying York's history

via Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics.

Will you or your group(s) get involved ?

Open Meetings: 2nd Monday of each month

12 noon; King’s Manor Refectory



This is an OPEN meeting to discuss a proposed Science Trail for York. Please sign up if you are interested, even if you cannot come to the meeting. And tell your friends!

Details to follow: an aim is to eventually include all science-related places in York.

What is "Science"? We take a broad definition. It certainly includes all of "STEMM": Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics.

What do we mean by "York"? Again, our definition is broad. We can include outliers such as Cayley/ Scarborough/ Whitby/ Castle Howard etc.. However, initially we shall focus on places walkable from York city centre. Examples are below. But if you want to include something else, please join us!

How will this get published? All avenues are possible. Online, on-paper, on-air. Apps and baps and flaps. We want to rach and energise as many people as possible.

Who is behind this? If the idea fails, you can blame John Bibby. If it succeeds, there will be many parents! So far we have had welcome inputs from the Yorkshire Philosophical Society, U3A, York Past and Present, Timeline York, York Bus Forum, local history societies and even a few schools and universities I am sure we will get many more!

Please give some examples. Some locations will be well-known, such as:

  • Cholera burial-ground
  • National Railway Museum
  • Treasurer’s House

But we will also include lesser-known places & stories such as Thomas Laycock and the People’s Dispensary. I’d like all Local History groups to provide suggestions for inclusion from their local areas.

One idea is for the trail to zigzag round the city walls in a clockwise direction, starting and finish at the railway station. Plans are still at an early stage. The first thing to do is to develop a list of possible points on the trail, along with a list of potential partner organisations and individuals. Please volunteer or let John Bibby have your nominations for both of these lists.

John can be contacted via or on 01904-330334.

Please forward this link to anyone who might be interested!

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United Kingdom

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