Local People Converge on New YourDIG Exhibition

Press Release – 19/09/18

Members of CONVERGE working together with staff from York Archaeological Trust

York’s home of archaeology, DIG, has worked with local history enthusiasts on a new co-created exhibition, YourDIG: Converge.

Curating an exhibition can be seen as an exclusive privilege reserved for museum professionals. However, thanks to an innovative and collaborative approach by York Archaeological Trust, the owners and operators of DIG, this is no longer the case at their new exhibition – YourDIG: Converge.

Jen Jackson, Community Engagement Manager at York Archaeological Trust, said “YourDIG: Converge pulls together a variety of work undertaken by the Converge group, such as creative writings, artwork and even the interpretation of objects on display to form a completely unique approach to exploring the archaeology of our historic city!”

Converge, a partnership between York St John University and mental health service providers in York, have worked with experts from the Trust to devise, develop and curate their own exhibition space within DIG.

“2018 marks 10 years of Converge and this is a perfect way to mark it; using the past to create something new that celebrates the present” says Matt Harper Hardcastle, Converge Theatre Tutor, “It has been a truly collaborative process, not just between Converge and York Archaeological Trust, but between our different students; creating an exciting melting pot of ideas from our students in Creative Writing, Music and Theatre, as well as the Discover Museums Students. We can’t wait to see the exhibition!”

This collaborative approach has produced an exhibition with a unique voice and perspective on the well known heritage of the city of York.

Utilising established museum practices as well as audio-visual displays, YourDIG: Converge helps visitors uncover a new side to history.

“The Discover Museums course offered by Converge gave students the opportunity to visit many different museums around the city, get behind-the-scenes and learn some of the techniques of museum creation. Working alongside students from other Converge courses, the group has created an inspiring and creative interpretation of the story of Union Terrace.  Creating the exhibition has been a fantastic experience, and working with writers, researchers, artists, songwriters and dramatists to interpret this history has been inspirational” says Jane Stockdale, Discover Museums Tutor.

YourDIG: Converge opens to the public on 21st September 2018 at DIG: An Archaeological Adventure, St. Saviour’s Church, St. Saviourgate, York, YO1 8NN and is free to enter.

For more information on YourDIG please visit www.digyork.com/yourdig, call 01904 615505 or find the latest news on Twitter via @YATCommunity.

 

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Image Caption: Members of CONVERGE working together with staff from York Archaeological Trust

 

Notes to Editors

About YourDIG

YourDIG is a series of collaborative exhibitions showcasing a range of community-led initiatives with selected partners from across Yorkshire. Managed by York Archaeological Trust and housed with ‘DIG: An Archaeological Adventure’, visitors are invited to explore the exhibition free of charge.

More information on DIG and YourDIG can be found at www.digyork.com/yourdig

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