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!
Chocolate: York’s Sweet Past 1 April 2017 - 5 January 2018 York Castle Museum
Delve into the delicious history of some of the world’s most iconic chocolates and sweets this Easter as York Castle Museum takes you on a chocolatey tour of sweets galore.
Start your chocolate journey from the museum’s Period Rooms to discover how the Georgians, Victorians and the Jacobeans satisfied their sweet tooth.
Then follow the steps to find a spectacular whizzing and fizzing sweet making machine in the Toy Gallery. Follow your nose to find out what’s cooking in our working Chocolate Factory where you can explore what it was like to work in York’s famous factories. At special times of year you can also enjoy tasting sessions and expert workshops.
Next, take to our world-famous Victorian cobbled street to find a traditional scrumptious sweet shop brimming with chocolates and sweets from days gone by. Discover the worldwide household favourites that were first created right here in York.
Then it’s the swinging Sixties gallery with its new shop displaying some of the most iconic chocolate brands to come from York.
See original adverts, packaging and more alongside the stories of those who took York’s life-long love of confectionary to the world in this family-friendly, interactive tour through York’s history of chocolate and sweets.
Victorian Christmas At The Castle 25 November - 24 December 2017 York Castle Museum
Take a stroll over the cobbles of our twinkling Victorian street this Christmas and experience the magic and festive traditions of days gone by.
Journey back in time to discover how Christmas would have been celebrated 150 years ago on York Castle Museum’s enchanting Kirkgate; the ideal backdrop for a month of Christmas festivities, music and cheer.
Walk under the beautiful garlands, see the shop windows full of traditional gifts and enjoy the intimate glow of our decorated Christmas tree. Meet our Victorian residents as they prepare for the big day and discover the stories, magic and traditions that warm their cockles on the cold winter nights.
Hear about the history of gingerbread with special demonstrations, back by popular demand, Chris Cade will be performing his immersive one man family show of the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, and you can follow our festival trail, visiting the shops on Kirkgate, meeting costumed characters and solving festive puzzles to find Father Christmas.
The Lost Letters – A Christmas Mystery
Saturdays and Sundays, 25 Nov – 24 Dec
A cheeky Christmas Elf has hidden children’s letters to Father Christmas! Follow a special Christmas trail, visiting the shops on Kirkgate, meeting special costumed characters and solving festive puzzles to discover who the guilty Elf is. The trail concludes with a special visit to Father Christmas.
£5 per child. Includes a visit from Father Christmas and a traditional gift.
A Christmas Carol
Sat 9 & Sun 10 Dec and Sat 16 – Sun 24 Dec
Join our Ebenezer Scrooge as he discovers the true meaning of Christmas under the garlands of Kirkgate. Chris Cade is back with his immersive and intimate one man show of this much-loved Dickens Christmas classic, performed on our cobbled street.
Included in Museum Admission
Saturdays and Sundays, 25 Nov – 24 Dec
Did you know Queen Victoria and Prince Albert introduced gingerbread as a Christmas tradition in the mid-nineteenth century? Discover more about the traditions of gingerbread with special demonstrations of Christmas tree decorations.
You might even get to try some!
Included in Museum Admission
Medieval York: Capital Of The North 2 December 2017 - 14 November 2018 Yorkshire Museum
From the fifth century, for a thousand years, the North of England was ruled from York. In this new exhibition, showcasing the Yorkshire Museum’s permanent collection of the region’s greatest surviving treasures, explore how York became England’s second city and how its fortunes rose and fell with its ties to the Crown and the Church.
As the capital of religion, royal power, commerce, art, conflict and wealth across the Anglian, Viking, Norman, Medieval and Tudor periods, discover how the most powerful people in the world once ruled from within York’s City Walls.
Through the finest medieval discoveries ever unearthed, including the Middleham Jewel, the Escrick ring and a Richard III supporters Boar Badge, the latest metal detected finds and brand new research, this exhibition will tell the only complete medieval history of York in the city.