Past Projects

JORVIK Viking Festival 2016

JORVIK Viking Festival Community

We had a really exciting time working with pupils from Burton Green primary school to explore the history of Canute’s reign as part of the Viking Festival 2016. Newspapers and a family trail were written by a Year 3 class from the school and were on display at various venues around York during the Festival.

Medieval Festival 2015

kingfishers selby tea light

Our summer medieval activities have provided much inspiration for projects within the community in recent years.

In 2015 we worked with Kingfishers Day Centre in Selby to create beautiful tea-light holders for Selby Abbey’s medieval day. The group at Kingfishers, all with complex needs, worked with Lee Steele, historic potter and the team to create fantastic new patterns in the clay in this fabulous new work of art.

Work in Selby also involved creating a new musical piece which evokes a Monks Day.

This piece was created by pupils from Barlby Bridge Primary School and was played during the Abbey’s medieval day.

You can listen to a Monks Day here

In York we worked with under fives to create a mini medieval garden at Holy Redeemer, Boroughbridge Road and also produced new interpretation for the stonework in the church.


With the team at Converge we have undertaken two soundscapes. The first – Brave New World – explored a Viking journey. The second was entitled Digging Deeper, and looked at the secrets locked in the soil that tell the stories of past communities.

Community Stadium

community stadium

The audience development team were delighted to have the opportunity to get our hands dirty and explore the community stadium site in Huntington. The team worked with local schools to explore the sites history as a Roman fort and also held sessions with older members from the local community.

Biomation Film Project

As part of the 27th JORVIK Viking festival, JORVIK commissioned local animation company, Biomation, who recruited a small team of young animators to help create a piece that showed a less well known side to the Vikings – sensitive artisans and well-travelled traders.

After visiting the museum to gather inspiration the team set off to create a short humorous animation to be shown at the festival. We hope you enjoy the film!

Hungate Community Art

In 2010, an exhibition featuring 24 paintings with a ‘city walls’ theme,  created by local community groups were displayed on the hoardings at Hungate. The initiative was a partnership between York Archaeological Trust, the Arts and Culture Service at the City of York Council, Hungate (York) Regeneration Ltd and Yorkshire artists Mary Pasari, Cheryl Colley and Lisa Nicholson.

Under the guidance of the three artists; Cheryl (with Arts Alive, Glen Lodge and York A team), Mary (with Aspire) and Lisa (with Greenworks), the outdoor artwork was produced by five community groups, involving over 50 people. Each group, including adults with mental health issues, learning difficulties and aspergers syndrome; older people in sheltered housing; and homeless people in the city – worked over three months to create the paintings based around history, people, views from the walls, nature and stonework. Each  used different aspects of the city walls to influence their work, which was evident in the huge variety of subject matter, technique and style.

Community Projects run by the York Archaeological Trust

Community Archaeology: If you are interested in historic buildings, landscapes, communities or objects we want to help you to find out more about them. If there is a history or archaeology project already running in your area, and you want some specialist help or advice, call us! More information is on the Community Archaeology website.

Landscapes of Remembrance:   See the First World War from a new perspective with this new opportunity to get involved with history and landscape archaeology.