York Festival of Ideas Online Infinite Horizons

8-20 June 2020

York Festival of Ideas 2021 has many online history events to watch and engage with; these include the events below. A full list of history events can be viewed at https://yorkfestivalofideas.com/2021/themes/history/.

The full Festival programme can be explored at https://yorkfestivalofideas.com/2021/.

This year we’re celebrating our 10th anniversary – join us for one of our launch events throughout Monday 7 June including Mission Economy: A moonshot guide to changing capitalism, A Celebration of Inspirational Ideas with Michael Morpurgo, and an international celebration of women and creativity including a music and poetry performance filmed in the iconic York Minster.

York’s City Walls in the Medieval Period
Wednesday 9 June 2021, 3.30pm to 4.30pm BST

Archaeologist Barry Crump reveals the many meanings and uses of York’s iconic medieval city walls.

Slow Rise: A bread-making Adventure

Thursday 10 June 2021, 3.30pm to 4.30pm BST
Join author Robert Penn for a tale of rediscovery and a celebration of the everyday miracle of homemade bread.

The Viking Great Army and the Making of England
Friday 11 June 2021, 6pm to 7pm BST

Using the latest archaeological techniques and findings, archaeologists Dawn Hadley and Julian D Richards unravel the movements of the Viking Great Army across England.


Puzzles in the (virtual) Pub
Friday 11 June2021, 8pm to 9pm BST
Join Scott Carson of the University of York UK for a virtual round in the popular ancient and medieval arithmetical gymnasium.

Post-Roman Pottery Production: Why the wheels fell off
Saturday 12 June 2021, 1pm to 2pm BST
For 400 years the potter’s wheel remained the cornerstone of pottery production in Roman Britain, before all but disappearing at the end of Roman rule. Ancient pottery technologist Graham Taylor examines why.

The Staffordshire Hoard: An Anglo-Saxon treasure
Sunday 13 June 2021, 4pm to 5pm BST

Find out about the discovery of a great Anglo-Saxon treasure, the research project that pieced its hundreds of gold and silver objects back together, and how they have transformed understanding of the warrior society.


Experiencing Pilgrimage, Past, Present and Future

Sunday 13 June 2021, 4pm to 4.40pm BST
What role do the senses play in the experience of pilgrimage and sacred places? How can 3D visualisations bring medieval pilgrim experience to life? Join Dee Dyas of the University of York UK.

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