York Castle Museum

Community Room

Landscapes of Remembrance

11 February – 27 April 2017

Landscapes of Remembrance showcases the results of the Landscapes of Remembrance project, a 2-year undertaking by local volunteers and York Archaeological Trust to discover more about the way that the fallen from World War One were commemorated in and around York.

The project records war memorials from the view point of the archaeologist, looking at where buildings or monuments are placed in the landscape around us and reading meanings from the style and decoration. The team then coupled these recordings with archive research and interviews, exploring the stories behind the creation of the memorials and their meaning to residents today.

Volunteers were invited to create their own forms of memorial or produce artistic works to capture their ideas of commemoration. These pieces take the form of photography, film making, written pieces, visitor guides, school resources, our mixed-media display of remembrance flowers and a soundscape, all of which visitors can enjoy in the exhibition space.

A collection of finds from York Archaeological Trust’s Hungate excavation are also on display for the first time, exploring what life was like in York during the First World War. The items reflect the impact of the war at home and the home comforts sent to the Front, thereby remembering the people of this former residential area.

Visitors to the exhibition are invited to reflect on how we remember those who came before us and to record their own ideas of remembrance upon visiting the exhibition. Entry to the exhibition is included in admission with no need to book.