Previous history exhibitions at York Castle Museum, York

Previous Exhibitions

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.

 

Unfair Trade

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.

 

Spotless

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.