Powerful Women, Hidden Histories
March 2018 – April 2019
This trail around the museum’s displays highlights the stories of women, some known and some unrecorded, that can be told through the objects and buildings that we preserve – stories of powerful women and their hidden histories. Find out more.
A Personal Collection of Vivienne Westwood Shoes
13 July 2018 – 23 April 2019
See a prized private collection of Dame Vivienne Westwood shoes and a display of footwear she selected from our historic collection. Find out more.
Chocolate: York’s Sweet Past
April 2017 – April 2018
Visitors were able to delve into the delicious history of some of the world’s most iconic chocolates and sweets on a chocolatey tour of sweets galore in a series of displays across the museum. Find out more.
York Out of the Closet
5 June – 5 November 2017
Our 1960s pub was transformed into an LGBT bar brimming with tales of love, struggle and pride to mark 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of sex between men in England and Wales. Find out more.
From Cradle to Grave
April 2000 – April 2016
This exhibition focuses on the history of three rites of passage: birth, marriage and death. On display were nursery items, wedding clothes and gifts, and an Edwardian hearse. Find out more.
Road to Waterloo
23 May – 30 September 2015
Marked the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, this exhibition highlighted several rare objects including Napoleonic wallpaper, a military jacket and a seven barrel nock gun. Find out more.
25 March 2007 – 25 March 2008
Marking the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the British slave trade, this exhibition explored the impact slavery had on everyday life using historic material from York and Yorkshire. Find out more.
Closed 31 December 2004
The exhibition explored the many ways people kept themselves and their houses clean in the past. Items on display included vacuum cleaners, washing machines, soap and cleaning products. Find out more.
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