As part of the government-funded high street revival project, StreetLife York, we have investigated the deep heritage of Coney Street, York and have uncovered a largely hidden history of Jewish life, community and cooperation featuring some of the period’s most significant figures. This talk explores what we have found, what it tells about York in this period and what new light it sheds on community relations. The talk will include a short walk to key sights on the street.
Hosted by Dr Louise Hampson
Louise Hampson is the Heritage Research & Partnerships Coordinator for CSCC and Heritage 360, and is the research lead on the Heritage strand of StreetLife. Originally an archivist and museum curator by training, her expertise lies in stained glass (the subject of the PhD) and manuscripts, with a particular interest in material culture.
Louise is interested in how people connect with and enjoy history and ways to broaden that engagement. She is most excited about uncovering the untold medieval Jewish story of Coney Street.
B'nai B'rith UK's European Days of Jewish Culture and Heritage
The B’nai B’rith UK Jewish Heritage Committee acts as a link between the UK and Europe through its coordination of the EDJCH in the UK. Its aim is to reinforce Jewish identity and commitment and through its Open Days to present Judaism to the general public with its outreach, educational, social and cultural programmes.
The Jewish Heritage Days are not designed just to interest Jews. They are days to celebrate Jewish culture and to give non-Jews the opportunity to learn about Jewish life in an effort to create understanding and trust amongst the wider community.
On Heritage Days, selected synagogues and Jewish historic sites are open to the general public and related events including guided walks, lectures and exhibitions take place.
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