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The Heart of Yorkshire: Creativity and Culture in York Minster’s Collections

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Explore exquisite items from York Minster’s historic collections which tell the stories of culture and creativity in York over the centuries, from stained glass painting in the Middle Ages to the establishment of a craft guild for the city’s goldsmiths in the 1300s.

The exhibition is returning for a second run after its opening last autumn was cut short due to the national lockdown in November and will feature additional items not previously on public display.

See one of the oldest stained glass panels in Europe, ornate 13th century silver artefacts discovered in a former Archbishop’s tomb and works printed by three women thriving in the male-dominated book printing industry of the 17th and 18th century.

Other highlights include beautifully illuminated manuscripts which offer an insight into public and private worship over the last 800 years and 18th century playbills from York Theatre Royal, reflecting the important role drama has played in the city.

Since its beginnings in 627AD, York Minster has commissioned items to support its devotional and educational missions while collecting material and manuscripts in its library and archives which detail the city’s history and development. This specially curated exhibition is a rare chance to see some of these amazing objects, to celebrate the artistry and craftsmanship in the city over the centuries and to explore the role of the Minster at the heart of this rich and inspiring culture.

The exhibition has been made possible thanks to funding and support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Museum Development Yorkshire and the Culture Recovery Fund.

The exhibition takes place in the cathedral’s Treasury and will run until 23 April 2022.

Entry is free with your general admission ticket. – See our Plan Your Visit page for opening times and prices.



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