Archaeologists to Offer Advice on Protecting Your Precious Memories

Visitors at YAT community exhibition

Issued 13.06.2017

The conservation team responsible for maintaining the artefacts on display at the world-famous JORVIK Viking Centre are looking to help York residents protect the objects close to their heart at special workshop in the city this July.

 We may live in a digital age, where the majority of photographs taken are on your Smartphone and memories are shared on a screen but there are still those precious items in our homes that we treasure beyond anything else. Be they wedding photos, baby clothes, a treasured piece of jewellery or a letter with significance, it is these ‘star objects’ that experts from York Archaeological Trust (YAT) are keen to help people protect in a crisis.

“Our conservation team are experts in dealing with waterlogged artefacts that can be anything from 100 to 1,000 years old, drying them out and getting them into a condition to be preserved so they can be viewed and enjoyed by the public for years to come. It is these skills and the knowledge they possess about keeping items safe from harm that we are keen to share.”

Commented Jen Jackson, Community Engagement Manager at York Archaeological Trust.

Indeed, it is these skills that the team from YAT will be able to share with visitors at two special workshop days taking place in July at DIG, St Saviourgate. Each day will consist of two workshops, with one designed especially with the whole family in mind.

“The belongings chosen for ‘star object’ status by a young person may be very different from those chosen by an adult. By having a separate plan for their objects, the young person is encouraged to feel in control of the situation and which important artefacts of their life they want to protect.”

Continued Jen.

The Protect Precious Memories workshops are taking place at DIG – An Archaeological Adventure, St Saviourgate on Saturday 8th and 22nd July between 10am and 4pm. Each workshop is 2 hours long and visitors are encouraged to register their interest, free of charge, at or call 01904 615505.


Notes to Editors

About the Protect Precious Memories Project

The Protect Precious Memories project is an initiative funded by the Two Ridings Community Foundation to help ease the suffering of those affected by flooding and other natural disasters. It follows the work the foundation undertook in York in aftermath of the Boxing Day Floods, including their support to the re-imagining of JORVIK Viking Centre.

About Two Ridings Community Foundation

Two Ridings Community Foundation is one of 46 community foundations in the UK with the shared aim of helping individuals, families, entrepreneurs, companies, charitable trusts and public sector bodies connect with, support and invest in their local communities across the UK. They address a wide range of issues and provide funding to the hardest to reach communities through ‘grassroots’ charities and community groups.

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About York Archaeological Trust

York Archaeological Trust was founded in 1972 to help preserve the vast collection of archaeological deposits that lay within 2,000 years of York’s history in response to threats posed to the City’s archaeological heritage at the time.

Since its inception the Trust has developed a group of visitor attractions in the city, starting with the world-famous JORVIK Viking Centre in 1984 and followed by the recreated medieval townhouse of Barley Hall in the early 90s, DIG – An Archaeological Adventure in 2006 and the Richard III & Henry VII Experiences in 2014.

York Archaeological Trust is a registered Charity in England & Wales (No. 509060) and Scotland (SCO42846).

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