Toy Stories York Castle Museum, York, YO1 9RY Open daily 9:30am - 5pm.
Take a trip back to your childhood and rediscover some of your favourite toys in this special exhibition. Bikes, bath toys, computer games, Lego and beautiful handmade dolls are among the toys on show from the last 150 years so you can pick out your favourites and share stories with family and friends.
Play together in our exciting Castle inspired play area or head off on the teddy bear trail for children around the exhibition. yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk
Capital of the North Yorkshire Museum, York Museum Gardens, YO1 7FR
Open daily 10am - 5pm.
In the medieval kingdoms of Britain, the north was ruled from York. Anglian kings were baptised in its churches, Viking warriors plotted their southern raids and the Normans cruelly stamped their authority on the masses. From the ravages of war the city went on to flourish in a golden age of innovation, religion and trade.
Featuring some of the most prestigious and significant medieval objects ever found in Britain and exploring the lives of some of the most powerful people of the period, this new exhibition will tell the extraordinary story of how great swathes of the country were once ruled from within York's walls. yorkshiremuseum.org.uk
1914: When the World Changed Forever Venue: York Castle Museum
The terror of total war and its revolutionary impact on life around the world will be explored in this major new exhibition marking the centenary of the First World War.
From the pre-war golden age of peace and prosperity visitors will be sent to the recruitment office and travel via train to the horrors of the frontline - from rats to foot rot, shell shock to gas warfare. Back home, daily life in Britain was changing beyond recognition while around the world millions would die as Europe's empires clashed in the first truly global conflict.
New technology and research will be combined with the museum's extensive military, costume and social history collections to tell the fascinating and often moving stories of the Yorkshire people who lived and died during the war that they said would end all wars.
The exhibition is the central part of a £1.7 million project at the museum, with the majority of the funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk
The Sixties York Castle Museum, York, YO1 9RY
Open daily 9:30am - 5pm.
The Sixties exhibition aims to recreate the spirit of this exciting decade which saw momentous change in so many areas of public and private life.
The gallery uses fascinating and iconic objects from the social history, art, fashion, military and astronomy collections to bring back the atmosphere of change which swept over the country during the 1960s. Highlights include a Lambretta scooter, a Dansette record player, Beatles singles and fashion by Mary Quant. yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk
Shaping the Body - Food, Fashion & Life York Castle Museum, York, YO1 9RY Open daily
From 18th century bum rolls, through to the Victorian hour glass figure, the punks of the Seventies and the perms of the Eighties, see how our bodies have been shaped and designed through the choices we make and the consequences of our lifestyles. Meet the people who have pushed their bodies to the limits to gain the look they crave and find out about dangerous fashions such as the women who wore extra tight corsets, high heels and even poisonous dresses!
Yorkshire’s Jurassic World 24 March 2018 to 22 January 2019 Venue: Yorkshire Museum
Take an epic journey back through 150 million years of Yorkshire to discover lost giants and the changing worlds they inhabited in this brand new major exhibition.
From the depths of the deepest seas to the ancient coasts and tropical shallows; meet the dinosaurs and sea dragons that once roamed our vast and ever-changing landscapes.
Experience each Jurassic world as the colossal creatures and their surroundings are brought to life using the latest research and ground-breaking technology.
Inspect the finest details of an ichthyosaur as its flesh and skin are superimposed over its preserved skeleton; serve a sauropod dinosaur its supper as our VR headset reincarnates the oldest sauropod remains ever found in the UK; tremble at a terrifying Megalosaur tooth as you stand amid the carnivore’s hunting habitat, and much more.
Rediscover our prehistoric predecessors through the oldest and most fascinating remains in the region as you step into Yorkshire’s Jurassic World.
A Personal Collection Of Vivienne Westwood Shoes
📅 13 July 2018 to 28 April 2019 York Castle Museum
Discover the beauty, innovation and artistry of Vivienne Westwood shoes in a brand new exhibition showcasing the cutting-edge footwear of this pioneering British fashion designer.
A Personal Collection of Vivienne Westwood Shoes showcases Vivienne Westwood’s iconic footwear through the years. This includes the Seditionaries boot from the punk era of the 1970’s and Westwood’s more avant-garde collections shown on the runways in Paris, such as the infamous Super-elevated Gillie’s of the 1990s, the same design which Naomi Campbell famously fell from in Westwood’s Gold Label Autumn-Winter 1993 show titled – Anglomania.
These iconic styles will be shown alongside the more recent Vivienne Westwood footwear collections, highlighting Westwood’s continued unparalleled approach to footwear and her defiance of the rules of wearability and convention.
To complement A Personal Collection of Vivienne Westwood Shoes, Dame Vivienne Westwood has selected shoes from York Castle Museum’s historic collections. The selection, ranging from the 18th century to the present day, includes a pair of hand-made Georgian satin shoes that are nearly three hundred years old, Edwardian boots designed by François Pinet, one of the most coveted shoemakers of his day and a pair of Christian Dior court shoes designed by Roger Vivier, the creator of the stiletto heel.
A Personal Collection of Vivienne Westwood Shoes is a touring exhibition from The Civic, Barnsley.
A Victorian Christmas At York Castle Museum
📅 17 November - 31 December 2018 York Castle Museum
Don’t miss this ever popular and award winning experience celebrating the true magic of Christmas past…
Take a stroll over the cobbles of York Castle Museum’s twinkling Victorian street, Kirkgate, and experience the true magic and traditions of days gone by.
Journey back in time to discover how Christmas was celebrated over 150 years ago on Kirkgate; the ideal backdrop for a month of Christmas festivities, music and cheer.
Walk under the beautiful garlands, enjoy the intimate glow of our decorated Christmas trees, listen to carols, meet our Victorian residents and discover original Victorian Christmas gifts displayed in the shop windows.
See the Period Rooms decorated in traditional festive style and follow the tempting aromas to our working studio kitchen, where you will learn about traditional Victorian gingerbread recipes and perhaps even have a try!
A Victorian Christmas is open daily from 9.30am – 5pm, Saturday 17 November – Monday 31 December 2018.
Please note that we’ll be closed on the following dates and times:
Closed: 25, 26 December and 1 January.
Early closing at 2.30pm: 24 and 31 December.
You can buy your tickets online prior to your visit, or at admissions on the day.