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Historic Library opening sessions
Under Fives Activities
Garden Tours and Walks
York Museums Trust Book Club
Finds Days - bring your archaeological objects to be identified,
Come and discover the oldest working observatory in Yorkshire.
The observatory was built in 1832 and 1833 and its 4in refractor telescope was built by York man Thomas Cooke in 1850 before he went on to make the then-largest telescope in the world. York played a crucial role in the development of astronomy in the 1780s when York-based astronomers John Goodricke and Edward Piggot laid the foundations of the study of stars of varying brightness.
Open Tuesdays and Fridays, 1-4pm
Our historic library is a treasure trove of books about the natural world and human history.
Established by the Yorkshire Philosphical Society (YPS) in 1823, it houses about 42,000 volumes dating from 16th century to the present day.
Volunteers have been working hard to help re-catalogue and re-organise the historic books in the library over the last few years and we are now able to open it up for visitors to see on selected days.
On these days our historic library stewards will be on hand to talk about the part the library has played in York's history. You will be able to take a closer look at the volumes on display and browse beautiful images via our new touchscreen.
(Please note these sessions are manned by trained volunteers and although we always do our best to open as planned, sometimes this is not possible.)
Pre-school children and their parents/carers are invited to join us for a host of new activities tailored just for them.
For full details Download our Activities & Events for Under 5's brochure
Wild Wednesdays have now finished for the year. A new calendar of Wild
Wednesday events will be available next year.
Guided Tours of York Museum Gardens
Every Sunday, noon
Enjoy the gardens in the company of one of our Garden Guides looking at the planting and the history of the buildings in the gardens. Meet by the main gates of the Museum Gardens on Museum Street.
Free, no need to book.
The Bedale Hoard
York Museums Trust Book Club
Second Saturday of the Month, 3.00-4.30pm, Various Venues
A Book Club with a difference - all these books have been chosen to highlight aspects of York Museums Trust's historic collections. As well as discussing each month's book, every Book Club session includes an opportunity to handle or get close to collection objects.
Free, but please book by telephoning 01904 650333.
The Athenian Murders - By Jose Carlos Somoza
In classical Athens, one of the pupils of Plato's Academy is found dead. His idealistic teacher suspects that this wasn't an accident and asks Herakles, known as the 'Decipherer of Enigmas', to investigate the death and ultimately a dark, irrational and subversive cult.
Apothecary Rose: The First Owen Archer Mystery - By Candace Robb
It is the year of our Lord 1363. And in the cathedral city of York people are dying in mysterious circumstances. But there seems to be a common thread - the herbal remedies dispensed by Nicholas Wilton, Master Apothecary. The first victim is an anonymous pilgrim. But when a highborn nobleman dies after taking the same potion the authorities decide to act.
All 10am - 1pm, in the Yorkshire Museum reception area.
Bring your archaeological object to show our experts from the Portable Antiquities Scheme.