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This is a story about Les D'Arcy, a quite remarkable man. As a boy he had poor health and missed a considerable amount of schooling. Eventually, after much hard work, he became a teacher at Southdale School and later Ossett Comprehensive School. After retirement he concentrated on sport with remarka...


A selection of images and film footage featuring Yorkshire, Wakefield and Ossett, drawn from online archives.


They say you are born with your family but you have to make your friends. Why restrict this to your own local community, town or even country? This story started by us 'adopting' older friends in York, who became like Grandparents to our children, and then 'adopting' their other 'adopted' family who...


Reminiscences on Ossett in the 1960's when there was a railway station and memories of a couple of events when the line closed.


Weaving Ossett's History is a project led by Ossett and Gawthorpe Community Archive to collect and share yarns about the locality of Ossett and Gawthorpe, West Yorkshire. The yarns are contributed by local (and ex-pat) people of all ages in the areas of heritage which interest them.


Following on from Part 1 - are examples of more material from our workshop and the stories around them that can help to widen our understanding about both the past and the present. We also have an example of how the collections can spark further research; looking for sources held elsewhere that can...


Mein Mann war Anfang der 70er Jahre als Austauschschüler in York zu Gast. Das Highlight des Aufenthalts war ein Besuch der Queen.


One of the reasons I wanted to visit Münster in December 2016 was to see the extensive exhibition of Yorkshire-born sculptor Henry Moore's work at The LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur.


York and Münster have been twin cities since 1957. Over the years this bond has inspired meetings of people from both cities sharing their culture, creating a new understanding and forming lasting friendships.


I'm a York member of the Association. One of the pleasures of this is being able to spend time with visitors from Münster, when they come over to visit York for a week in the summer. We go on outings around Yorkshire. In July 2016, several of us joined their coach trip to Ripon and Newby Hall. I ha...


I saw the "From Shore to Shore" play production last night in the Spurriergate Centre at York. Written by award-winning writer Mary Cooper with multi-lingual collaborator MW Sun and directed by acclaimed director David Tse, the play, to food and live music, tells "real life stories of love and loss,...


July 2017 marks the 60 year anniversary of the town twinning between York and Münster. The idea for this project was created by Explore York Libraries and Archives and the Civic Office with the aim of creating a digital archive of the memories and experiences of the people of both cities who have t...


A big thanks to members from the following Yorkshire based Gypsy and Traveller families (Cunningham, Hanrahan, Mulvanny, Rennard and Taylor) and Leeds GATE, (Gypsy and Traveller Exchange) for coming along to help us in improving our catalogue descriptions for items in the 'Romany Collection.' Below...


On 22nd October 2016, we invited a group of women and children to visit Thackray Medical Museum's 'Having a Baby' gallery and talk about our 'Birth Stories project. We asked the children to draw, colour in and write about being born.


Bringing history up to date can make it very real for certain individuals, in some cases this can have a detrimental effect on their health and well-being. Traditionally viewing artefacts promoted a passive interest as the objects on display did not have a direct correlation with the viewer. The thr...


Having visited 2 exhibitions which both explore 100 years of military medicine I realised that before I saw either I had already formed expectations of what I was going to see. I deliberately chose not to research the projects before going to the museums so there was no external influence on my opin...


Our story is a brief overview of how and why we got involved with Yarn, looking at how our involvement with the Wounded Project has influenced our perceptions regarding change over the years to military medicine and psychological advancement in particular PTSD.


In our workshops with women, part of our discussion revolved around ways of feeding newborn babies and the kinds of support available.


In our workshops, we discussed the differences between Aghanistan, Syria, Egypt and the UK. Lots of the places the women had lived in had very high maternal mortality rates, and they highlighted some big advantages to giving birth here. But, of course, it can also be scary to give birth in a place v...


Some of the women we worked with remembered traditional practices of midwives in Afghanistan, and some of their beliefs about what should and shouldn’t happen during the labour and delivery


The majority of the stories about the impact of the First World War relate to men, yet women had critical roles within warfare both at home and closer to the front. The effects on both women and men were profound, but some of the most significant consequences only came to light when the conflict end...


We discussed how women learn about pregnancy and childbirth, and the women told us about how they found out about what would happen – and what knowledge they’d passed on to the younger generation.


In a group discussion about having children, M told us about coming to England and having children. She appreciated the support of her local antenatal class.


One rainy Saturday we got together at Leeds Trinity University to plan, create and print a zine to explore the experiences of international students in Leeds...


The Science Museum's Exhibition 'Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care' explores medical developments made as a consequence of WW1 and the treatment of those wounded in action on the Western Front. However, the exhibition creates some surprising juxtapositions...