Drawings Set to Tell the Story of York

Every drawing tells a story

Issued 1/10/2015

Young David Hockneys and Picassos are invited to discover the city’s history and show off their creativity at this special art-inspired event.

Organised as part of the national ‘Big Draw’ festival, ‘Eboracum to York: Draw the Story’, which takes place on Saturday 10th October, will allow children to uncover what it was like to live in York from the Roman period and beyond using real-life archaeological artefacts for inspiration.

“We are honoured to host another Big Draw event at DIG, the calibre of young artists is always top-notch. This year attendees will be encouraged to discover the lives of people who lived in the past through a series of archaeological finds from digs that have taken place in the city. It is amazing how much you can tell about a period from the smallest of household items used, that is the exciting part of archaeology.”

Commented Danielle Daglan, Head of Events and Festivals for York Archaeological Trust, the owners of DIG.

Indeed archaeology is at the heart of this event, as it takes place at DIG, a purpose-built archaeological adventure, where children learn all the skills of a modern archaeologist in 4 period-specific ‘DIG pits’ covering the Romans, Vikings, Middle Ages & the Victorians.

“Visitors to DIG have always been able to uncover the stories of people from the past in our DIG pits, and with The Big Draw they can use these finds to tell a story through their drawings; what was it used for, why did someone need it? They say that a picture is worth a thousand words and you could say that with archaeology you can uncover a thousand stories, so this event is a great fit.”

Added Danielle.

Eboracum to York: Draw the Story is on at DIG, an Archaeological Adventure on Saturday 10th October from 12pm to 4pm. The event is included in the normal admission fee to DIG. For more information visit www.digyork.com/bigdraw or call 01904 615505.


Photo Caption: Staff at DIG – An Archaeological Adventure use historical objects as inspiration for the Big Draw event next Saturday.

Notes to Editors:

About the Big Draw

The Big Draw is the world’s biggest drawing festival with thousands of enjoyable, and mainly free, drawing activities which connect people of all ages with museums, outdoor spaces, artists, designers, illustrators – and each other.

The Big Draw is for anyone who loves to draw, as well as those who think they can’t!


About The JORVIK Group

The JORVIK Group

The JORVIK Group is owned by York Archaeological Trust and comprises:

JORVIK Viking Centre, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014


Barley Hall

Richard III Experience at Monk Bar (from April 2014)

Henry VII Experience at Micklegate Bar (from April 2014)

The JORVIK Group also organises York’s annual JORVIK Viking Festival in February and the JORVIK Medieval Festival in August.


York Archaeological Trust

York Archaeological Trust (YAT) is an independent charity which investigates the past for the benefit of present communities and future generations. With over 40 years of expansion and experience in linking professional skills and expertise in the practise of archaeology across the U.K., it carries out carefully targeted and cost effective archaeological recording, excavation and research for a broad range of clients and partners.

Since its inception YAT has grown to be one of the UK’s biggest archaeological organisations, taking part in over 350 excavations and 1400 watching briefs, growing from its head office in York, to extend to three further offices in Glasgow, Sheffield and Nottingham.

YAT has an ongoing commitment to community involvement, education and training in archaeology, and the presentation of archaeological discoveries to the public through a number of innovative and dynamic ways including visitor attractions, lectures, publications and events.

More information can be found at www.yorkarchaeology.co.uk.

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