Yorkshire Day 2019

YFA have teamed up with the York BID to bring the rich film heritage of the city to the big screen, especially for Yorkshire Day 2019. The team here at the YFA have curated a special selection of short films from our vaults for you to watch on a giant screen in St Sampson’s Square on August 1st, from 10am – 1pm, then 2:30pm to 7pm, and it’s free.

The hour-long compilation of archive footage includes football at Bootham Crescent in the 1950s, the story of JORVIK in the 1980s and moving images of York’s chocolate and railway heritage. From rare shots of WW1 soldiers, the arrival of a new bell - “Great Peter” - to York Minster in 1927, to forgotten views of the city such as the open-air swimming pool in Rowntree Park and the River Ouse frozen in time, all will be revealed in this celebratory compilation.

Graham Relton, YFA manager said: “York is considered by many to be the ‘Capital of Yorkshire’, so we are delighted to reveal some of the extraordinary films of the city, in York, on Yorkshire Day 2019. We encourage locals and visitors alike to get themselves to St Sampson’s Square on 1st August to enjoy some of the films that we care for at the Archive, based at York St John University.”