Archives Projects: Community

York-Münster Memory Book Project

July 2017 marked the 60 year anniversary of the town twinning between York and Münster. The idea for this project was created by Explore York Libraries and Archives and the Civic Office with the aim of creating a digital archive of the memories and experiences of the people of both cities who have taken part in visits and exchanges since 1957. These exchanges have ranged from choral concerts, to dance performances, sports tournaments, language exchanges and much more!

The project invited anyone to create a ‘yarn’ about their experiences and memories of Münster using a platform created through the University of Leeds. It is an easy to use, online portal, which allows individuals or groups to create their own ‘yarn’, composed of words, images, sound or video, which were grouped together to create an overall ‘York – Münster yarn’. Individuals were encouraged to delve into their attics and basements to seek out any photographs, film footage, programmes, diary entries, correspondence or otherwise related to their time in Münster and share their story through Yarn. Similarly, our Münster counterparts were encouraged to contribute. This project culminated in an exhibition and a visit of both York and Münster civic parties to York Explore for an official launch.

Uncovering York’s Sporting Heritage

In 2019, Explore York Libraries and Archives, York City Football Club Foundation and York City Knights Foundation were awarded a £57,500 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, to support a joint project based around the importance of sport to our communities.

The aim of the ‘Uncovering York’s Sporting Heritage’ project is to embed the new York Community Stadium in the minds of local residents and sports fans. Activities throughout the course of the project will include community engagement events at Bootham Crescent and the new stadium, a schools programme, reminiscence work with football and rugby league fans, and the gathering of oral histories. In addition, the project will see the long-term loan of archives in the possession of York City Football Club Foundation to Explore York Archives for public consultation, and the installation of community artwork and digital archives kiosks at the new stadium.