YourDIG: Converge

Members of CONVERGE working together with staff from York Archaeological TrustThe YourDIG: Converge exhibition explores the archaeological evidence excavated in 1972 from under what is now the Union Terrace Car Park, in front of York St John University campus close to the city centre.  The display features some of the finds from the nearly two thousand years of history found on the site including a Roman pottery lamp, a 10th Century quern for grinding flour and a Victorian Porcelain jug.

 

We have worked with Converge, a partnership between York St John University and mental health service providers in York, to devise, develop and curate the exhibition in DIG.  Together we looked at the finds from the Union Terrace site which reminds us of the deep layers of history which are under our feet every day when we walk around York.

YourDIG Converge

This project has been an opportunity to get these finds out of the store and for us all to think about the people who lived and worked on this site for thousands of years. The students have imagined what the lives of these people might have been like and created imaginative responses such as creative writings, songs, artwork and have even written the interpretation of objects on display to form a unique approach to exploring the archaeology of our historic city! Visitors to the exhibition will be able to see the finds from the Union Terrace excavations as well as the creative work that they inspired.

You can see and hear some of the creative writing and theatre work the students produced here:

In the course of the project the students spent time thinking about the objects left behind and what they would have meant to past inhabitants of York who owned them hundreds of years ago. This led us to reflect on the objects we own today and the hidden meanings they hold for us which a future archaeologist would never guess at.

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Creating the YourDIG: Converge Exhibition – Image Gallery

You can find a selection of images that document the creation of the YourDIG: Converge exhibition in the image gallery below. Click the images to enlarge them.

A photograph taken by a Converge student of the Union Terrace site.

A photograph taken by a Converge student of the Union Terrace site.

During the classroom sessions, the Discover Museums students looked at and handled the archaeological objects and explored how they were made and what they represented of the history of the Union Terrace site. The students grouped the objects into themes; Patterns & Shapes, Religion, Meanings, Family, Pastimes, Home Life, Decoration, Trade, Warfare and Cooking. They wrote very movingly about the themes for the finds labels included in the exhibition.

During the classroom sessions, the Discover Museums students looked at and handled the archaeological objects and explored how they were made and what they represented of the history of the Union Terrace site. The students grouped the objects into themes; Patterns & Shapes, Religion, Meanings, Family, Pastimes, Home Life, Decoration, Trade, Warfare and Cooking. They wrote very movingly about the themes for the finds labels included in the exhibition.

During the creative writing, song writing and theatre workshops, students were also able to look at and handle the archaeological objects before thinking creatively about the people who had owned and used them in the past.

During the creative writing, song writing and theatre workshops, students were also able to look at and handle the archaeological objects before thinking creatively about the people who had owned and used them in the past.

During the creative writing, song writing and theatre workshops, students were also able to look at and handle the archaeological objects before thinking creatively about the people who had owned and used them in the past.

During the creative writing, song writing and theatre workshops, students were also able to look at and handle the archaeological objects before thinking creatively about the people who had owned and used them in the past.

The finished exhibition was launched on the 20th September 2018 with a party at DIG to celebrate the students' achievements. Rachel Maskell MP attended the very special event along with many of the students who took part in the project and their families.

The finished exhibition was launched on the 20th September 2018 with a party at DIG to celebrate the students’ achievements. Rachel Maskell MP attended the very special event along with many of the students who took part in the project and their families.