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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.
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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.

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).
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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.

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!

The Fifty Six Million Year Summer
Yorkshire Museum
Dates: Tuesday 23 July 2019 - Sunday 1 September 2019
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Want to travel back in time to feel what earth is like millions of years ago?
From Deep Oceans through Dinosaur Country to Coral Seas. Join us over the summer as we create three very different environments filled with the variety of Jurassic Life forms that would have inhabited them.
Included in admission
No need to book.
York’s First Photographs
📅 29 August - 4 November 2019
York Museum Gardens
The first photographs taken in York, depicting Victorian visionaries, innovators and influencers, are on display in York Museum Gardens and Library Lawn as part of a new trail.

In 1844, the greatest scientific minds in the UK gathered for the York meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science.
Their visit was captured on camera by D O Hill and R Adamson, leaders in their field, and these very early photographs, known as calotypes, are believed to have been the very first taken in York. The photographs have be reproduced with the permission of the National Galleries Scotland.

Follow the trail to discover more about twelve Victorians who made their mark on York and the world of science.

An events programme of talks and workshops complements the new display, please visit the websites for details.

This is a joint project with Yorkshire Philosophical Society ( York Museums Trust ( and Explore York Libraries and Archive. (
Pop Up Interviews: Princess Mary Gift Box
📅 Friday 6 - Saturday 7 September 2019
York Castle Museum
Did you recognise the box on the picture? This object is a Princess Mary Gift Box. Given to those soldiers and sailors serving at Christmas time 1914, it has become one of the most recognised objects from the First World War. Do you have one of these Gift Boxes? If so, we would love to hear from you!
We are seeking to identify people to interview in depth about the relationships they have with the boxes in their possession. Is it a poignant reminder of a father, grandfather or great uncle -long-gone but still in your thoughts? Or has it come to you in some other way?
Interviews will be on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th September 2019 at York Castle Museum, Eye of York, York, YO1 9RY (YO1 9WD if using a Satnav) between 11.45 am and 4.00 pm on both days. Please telephone 07443 525951 to book a time (leave a message with contact details if there is no answer) or email The Museum reception staff will direct you to the interview room. The interviews will be recorded but will be kept confidential and no personal data will be used in the final research.

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