What would you like to put in a York Castle Museum of the future? What stories should it tell, what should you experience and how should it make you feel?
York Museums Trust are inviting people to answer these questions to help shape the future of York Castle Museum.
The Trust are currently working on plans to redevelop the museum to ensure it remains a must-see place to visit for the 21st century visitor.
This summer they are setting up base in York St Mary’s, Castlegate, to run a series of events and activities so the Trust can speak to visitors past, present and future about what they think should be included in the plans.
Helen Langwick, interpretation and content manager for York Castle Museum, said: “This is a very exciting time for York Castle Museum. As it celebrates its 80th year as one of the best loved attractions in the country, we are hoping people will come forward with their ideas, thoughts and opinions to help shape our ambitious plans for the future.”
York St Mary’s, Castlegate, will act as a hub for the consultation. It will be open Monday to Friday from 11am-3pm throughout July and August for people to take part in activities, have a cup of tea and share their thoughts with members of the team.
Extra events and activities will take place throughout August. These include events such as object speed dating, where you can sit with a curator and an object and decide whether it should be included in the new displays. In a similar event, Exhibition X-Factor, experts from near and far pitch ideas and themes to an audience for them to decide their importance in the museum’s plans. In collaboration with Digital Labs, visitors will also be able to test the latest technology and discuss how it could create immersive experiences in the museum, just like Dr Kirk did in his original displays which still captivate audiences today. More details of all the events and activities above will be released shortly. To find out more visit: www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk
For those who can’t attend, online surveys will be set up and people can comment through the museum’s social media channels using the hashtag #yourcastlemuseum. In addition to this, and to make sure the Trust speak to a wide range of people from different groups and backgrounds, focus groups will be organised to gather thoughts from current visitors as well as people who have never been to the museum.