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Hands on History: Bringing the past to life

June 9 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

FREE but booking required - see entry for details

Hands on History: Bringing the past to life – 11am to 12pm; and 1pm to 2pm

DATE: Sunday 9 June, 11am to 12pm (suitable for children aged 7+); 1pm to 2pm (all welcome, but tailored to adults) and 2.30pm to 3.30pm (all welcome, but tailored to adults). This event has been designed specifically for blind and partially sighted people but will also be of wider appeal.

VENUE: Law and Sociology Building, Campus East, University of York, YO10 5GD.  The room is wheelchair accessible and has a hearing loop

TICKETS: Free. Booking required (Please see booking information below)

Event details

Join archaeologist and broadcaster Julian Richards for an artefact-handling activity designed to explore a range of non-visual aspects of life in the past.

Archaeology is all about people like us – it’s a way of finding out about their lives through the objects they left behind. During the session, you’ll examine objects from prehistory to comparatively recent times, and explore how they were made and used, and the stories they might tell.

But touch is just one of the senses you’ll be using during this interactive activity – we’ll also be bringing sounds and even the smells of the past into our exploration.

Why not come along and join us as we bring the past to life?

About the speaker

Julian Richards is an archaeologist and broadcaster who has devised and taught many courses for the visually impaired. He specialises in the prehistory of Britain and has a long-standing involvement with Stonehenge. He has directed major fieldwork projects and worked in both commercial archaeology and for English Heritage before a career change to broadcasting and education. Julian presented programmes for the BBC, both on TV (Meet the Ancestors and Blood of the Vikings on BBC2) and on radio (Mapping the Town on Radio 4). Julian is passionate about bringing the past to life and is involved in writing, devising and delivering community archaeology projects, working with schools, making non-broadcast film and curating museum exhibitions.

Booking information:

  • This event has been designed specifically for blind and partially sighted people.
  • Only the participant requires a ticket.
  • The participant is very welcome to bring a guest. However, we can only guarantee space for one accompanying person.
  • Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult guest.
  • Please let us know if you will be bringing a guide dog so that we can make appropriate arrangements.

To book your free ticket, please email yorkfestivalofideas@york.ac.uk or phone Naomi Richards on 07919 293152. 

This event is part of York Festival of Ideas; for the full programme see https://yorkfestivalofideas.com/2024/


June 9
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
FREE but booking required - see entry for details


York Festival of Ideas


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