York Castle Museum

My Castle Gateway

The Castle Gateway project is shaping a new area of high quality public realm – a beautiful setting for the city’s heritage assets that reflect the historical context and significance of this area of regional and national importance.

Over this summer My Castle Gateway will be working with any and all who are interested, to refine the open brief for the new public area and to look in more detail at how we can create new spaces and new routes which connect Clifford’s Tower, the Eye of York, Tower Gardens and the Castle Museum.

Cllr Nigel Ayre, Executive Member for Finance and Performance, said;
“This Summer’s Castle Gateway events offer an ideal invitation to the city’s residents to experience and envisage the space we are redesigning for the future, at the heart of our city.

The variety of engagement and art events will allow the community to imagine a new purpose for the area including play, public events, relaxation and open space.”

The area comprises some of the city’s most significant historical assets and has been transformed for a variety of purposes across the decades.

Throughout history the Castle Gateway has been an ever-changing area of national and international importance, from a Roman fortress to Viking trade. It was the site of the Norman Conquest and the harrying of the north, as well as a Royal Court and Royal Mint.

The area was known as a place of law and order and the site of many public hangings. Until the 1930s the area housed a huge panoptican prison, enclosed by a three metre high wall.

In the 1950s the city’s response to the rise of the motorcar led to the car park which surrounds Clifford Tower today.

To read more about the history of the area, visit the My Castle Gateway blog at https://mycastlegateway.org/2019/06/27/the-castle-and-eye-of-york-a-very-quick-account-of-2000-years-of-change/

My Castle Gateway want to hear from as many voices as possible to help design the future of this space through drop-in events and workshops across the summer. In addition to these, back due to high demand, the Shakespearian Rose Theatre will be returning to Castle Car Park and recently announced, panel-selected arts events with be filling the iconic site with sound, light and dance this autumn.

These alternative uses of the space help us understand the full potential for the future of this area.

What’s On?

What’s On?

Ideas for the Future of York Castle Museum

1 September 2019 

Ideas for the future of York Castle Museum are developing. These ideas have been inspired by discussions over the past two years with people who live and work in York who want to see the area opened up and to make the Castle and Eye of York an area where you feel you’ve arrived somewhere very special.

Join Reyahn King, York Museums Trust’s Chief Executive, and Emma Hamlett, York Castle Museum Curator, to explore both the challenges and exciting possibilities for York Castle Museum. We’ll be looking at everything from what makes a brilliant welcome for visitors to how to bring to life the incredible histories of Prisons and the museum collections as well as looking at the serious issues of leaky roofs and financial sustainability.

A crucial and exciting question will explore how a new indoor public space might complement new outdoor public spaces once Castle Car Park is removed? What views would you want to glimpse? Should it be a free museum giving an overview of the history of the area? Or more like a gathering place, a dry place to hang out in all weathers?

There are three available time slots on this day to attend the event:

10am – 12pm – click here to register free

12.30pm – 2.30pm – click here to register free

3pm – 5pm – click here to register free

For more information follow this link: https://mycastlegateway.org/events/

Join the conversation on twitter @MyCastlGateway, www.facebook.com/MyCastleGateway  or at www.mycastlegateway.org

Ideas for the Future of York Castle Museum

Monday, 2nd September, 5.00-6.30Yorkshire Museum, Museum Gardens, Tempest Anderson Hall (is a more formal presentation and discussion that the walks on Sunday)

Ideas for the future of York Castle Museum are developing.These ideas have been inspired by discussions over the past two years with people who live and work in York who want to see the area opened up and to make the Castle and Eye of York an area where you feel you’ve arrived somewhere very special.

Join Reyahn King, York Museums Trust’s Chief Executive, and Emma Hamlett, York Castle Museum Curator, to explore both the challenges and exciting possibilities for York Castle Museum.

We’ll be looking at everything from what makes a brilliant welcome for visitors to how to bring to life the incredible histories of Prisons and the museum collections as well as looking at the serious issues of leaky roofs and financial sustainability.