Heritage Hunters is a project by York Museums Trust. This year, it brought together residents, artists, organisations and further education providers to look in to the past of The Groves area of the City of York. York is famous for Romans, Viking, Medieval architecture, Georgian streets and Victorian industries but parts of the city have been overlooked in it’s narrative. Heritage Hunters aims to work with residents in areas of York that has a wealth of history but has yet had the focus. The project is not about uncovering new histories but to support those who live there to find out more about their surroundings and to share it with their friends and neighbours.
The result is this wonderful magazine that includes eleven overlooked and unique ahistorical insights about The Groves. This includes;
The Development of The Groves – highlighting the establishment of major roads and buildings the area.
The Groves in the Regency Period – exploring those who were registered as
voters in the 1820 election, with some unusual findings.
Grove Terrace -and a specific focus on the life of the servants.
Eliza Tabor-Stephenson – forgotten Victorian novel writer born in The Groves.
Groves House – a history of a grand building now vanished from the landscape.
The Ann Harrison Almshouses – that supported ‘spinsters and widows’ who fell on hard times.
A Butchers shop – with connections all across The Groves.
Hardacre, Labels for a Greengrocer – the account of Charles Hardacre and his encounter with Bootham Lunatic Asylum.
Groves Working Men’s Club – Once the heart of The Groves.
Park Crescent – Personal stories from Margaret and Angela.
Cow keepers and Cab Proprietors – a history of a house.
Read or download the magazine here.
In addition as part of the project a number of York St John University students created a series of animations based on some of the stories collected previously as part of the We Are The Groves storytelling walk. Follow this link to watch these.