Heritage Venues, The Willow and Music Communities

Wednesday 19th April 2023, 06:30pm - 08:30pm 29-31 Coney Street
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Music, venues and the communities that build up around them are key to our cultural wellbeing, but how do we record them and capture their value?

As part of our Archive All Areas exhibition, three academics from the University of York will be presenting a variety of recent research which all focuses on the importance of music and the spaces it occurs in to our communities. Ranging from The Willow and its place in our memories to York's Heritage Music Trail and capturing the marks that artists leave at one of our local venues, The Fulford Arms. Join us for three talks and add your own views on the place these spaces take in our memories.


Yorgos Pachos is a White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities doctoral researcher at the Department of Archaeology, University of York in collaboration with the York Music Venue Network. His PhD project concerns the subcultural heritage importance of Grassroots Music Venues in Yorkshire. Previous research has focused on the role of physical space in the collective identity-making of DIY cultural-political spaces in times of lockdown.

Andy Egerton is a Research Assistant for the music strand of the StreetLife project, having so far produced the "Love it or Hate it? The Willow Legacy" exhibition and "A Queer Walk of York" heritage trail. As a cultural and social historian focused on queer studies of early modern history, Andy has written essays such as the perception of the performative gender of castrati and women cast in Glück's Orpheus ed Euridice. Andy is currently interested in efforts to queer museum curation, rendering exhibits inclusive and accessible, and initiatives for community archiving.

Rachel Cowgill is a Professor in Music at the School of Arts & Creative Technologies, University of York. She is also the University's Research Theme Champion for Creativity and leads the music strand of the StreetLife project, as well as the UK-US AHRC-funded research collaboration InterMusE and its sub-project OurPlace (with Professor Alan Dix of Swansea University's Computational Foundry). Rachel is a cultural-historical musicologist working on histories of live performance and community archiving. She is also a cellist, and advocate of equality, diversity and inclusion in music studies.     

Booking information

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