Community Stadium Project: Introduction to Research

Community Stadium logo_ArranArchaeological research is a collaborative process. It utilises numerous disciplines to locate, investigate and ultimately understand a site. With this in mind, York Archaeological Trust and City of York Council are offering another exciting way to get involved with the Community Stadium project – and there are no shovels required for this one!

To truly get to grips with the story of a site, it is important to make use of all the resources that are available to you. While the geophysics and excavation teams will be exploring the physical remains beneath Huntington Stadium, we are also looking to assemble a research team that will delve into the city archives to learn more about the site’s history.

The York Explore reading room during recent refurbishment. (https://citymakinghistory.wordpress.com)

The York Explore reading room during recent refurbishment. (https://citymakinghistory.wordpress.com)

We are looking for volunteers to help us see what tales of the site’s past lay hidden within the archives. To this end, York Archaeological Trust historian and buildings archaeologist Dr. Jayne Rimmer will be leading a number of free to attend training sessions, teaching the team how to access and utilise historic resources. The desk-based research will focus on the site and its immediate environs, although the Community Team will also be encouraged to broaden their research to place the site in its wider context within the city, particularly with regard to Roman York.

YAT's Jayne Rimmer will be leading the research.

YAT’s Jayne Rimmer will be leading the research.

Research will also consider the history of sport in York and associated supporters clubs. In doing so it will aim to provide historical context for the proposed community stadium, enhancing its sense of place and contributing to the development of the sports archive facility planned for the Community Hub at the proposed stadium.

After the training sessions, participants will then be encouraged to undertake further research individually throughout the life of the project, with YAT staff available to answer queries. The skills acquired by the team may then be applied to their own future research projects. This is a fantastic opportunity for members of the community to get behind the scenes of the Dig York Stadium project and to help us uncover the story of this ancient site, before the next chapter begins.

The sessions will cover:

How to research:

  • the history and development of the Community Stadium Site
  • sports and associated supporters’ clubs in York

How to use:

  • historical records in archives
  • the Historic Environment Record
  • online resources for historical research

How to understand and interpret:

  • excavation reports
  • Roman archaeology
Keith Houchen scores a late FA Cup fourth round winner for YCFC against Arsenal in 1985.

Keith Houchen scores a late FA Cup fourth round winner for YCFC against Arsenal in 1985.

Training and orientation sessions will be held at :

Explore York Archives and Local History

Monday 23rd March 9.30am-12.30pm

Tuesday 24th March 1.30am-4.30pm

Wednesday 25th March 9.30am-12.30pm

These sessions will focus on how to locate and utilise resources within archive facilities.

DIG Reading Room, St. Saviourgate

Monday 23rd March 2pm-5pm

Tuesday 24th March 9.30am-12.30pm

Wednesday 25th March 2pm-5pm

These sessions will focus on applying historic research to archaeological investigations

It isn’t essential to attend both courses, although it is recommended where possible as the material covered in each course compliments the other.

Spaces are limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Please contact digyorkstadium@yorkat.co.uk for bookings and enquiries. 

York Archaeological Trust and City of York Council are working together to make the Dig York Stadium project a true collaboration between professional archaeologists and the people of York. Local people will be there at all points of the project, helping us to survey, excavate and research the site. Don’t miss your chance to join the team, who knows what we’ll find!

– Arran

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5 thoughts on “Community Stadium Project: Introduction to Research

  1. Thanks Jayne for a very interesting day in the Archives and at DIG. I enjoyed meeting others from the group and learning more about the site. My favourite report in BL’s Newspaper Archive, was the bicycle-polo match on the Rugby Ground in 1949. Sadly York lost to Hull.

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    • Hi Jenny,

      Really good to hear that you enjoyed the course. I love the story about the bicycle-polo! It’s forgotten gems like that that really make the past come to life! I’ll pass on your message to Jayne.

      All the best,
      Arran

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