StreetLife: Using York's Historic High Streets as Heritage Catalysts for Community Renewal

Activity: OtherPublic engagement and outreach (social community and cultural engagement)


Funded by UK CRF funding, now extended and supported with Place & Community and HEIF funds.  Helen Smith (CoI, Print), Kate Giles (CoI, Archaeology), Rachel Cowgill (Music).  Also involves York Civic Trust/ York Conservation Trust, York Archaeological Trust, York Music Venue Network, York Music Hub, York Creatives, York Explore, York Minster Library, ArtsBarge, and others.  I have curated an extensive programme of music, music-heritage and music-related events, developed a historic music trail (Echoes of Coney Street) and 'Selling Music' exhibition in the Hub (to connect with the First Impressions exhibition on print in Coney Street), as well as specific events/subprojects.  Examples of the latter include: three VR experiences and standard-format films with Adam Gill (Vidaveo) on ballad-singing, disability issues, and the former Willow nightclub; the Willow Community Project, working with Victoria Hoyle (IPUP) and York Theatre Royal; a ballad walk and workshop with Vivien Ellis (also Vic Gammon and Oskar Cox Jensen); a day of events at the Spurriergate Centre, 'Reformation, Recycling, and Reuse: Discovering the Sounds, Colours, and Stories of St Michael's'; 'Memories of Coney Street' drop-in workshops with Lucy Barker at Acomb Explore and Tang Hall Explore; and a performance of music by York composer Matthew Camidge using the Thomas Haxby keyboard instruments at Fairfax House and Castle Museum.  For full details, see the Events section of the StreetLife website.  
Period1 Apr 202222 Nov 2022
Held atCity of York Council, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational