The top ten historical finds from Selby to join Selby High Street Heritage Action Zone’s 3D online exhibition have now been announced.
Joining the 3D Selby Abbey stone finial and 3D Herball book in our Minecraft map, residents have voted for a selection of fascinating artefacts from across Selby’s rich history, celebrating favourite local businesses, exploring details from the early foundations of Selby and its Abbey, as well as highlighting objects from more recent memories.
The chosen objects are: the Fletcher’s Sauce Bottles collection, family heirloom Cheeseman’s Shawl, the Selby Abbey Roof Boss carving that was damaged in the fire of 1906, The Roman Turnhead Facepot, a pouch of Maundy Money, a Selby one pound banknote, the Selby Abbey Seal of the Benedictine Abbey of St Mary and St Germanus and a Christie’s Ballroom Plate.
Cllr Tim Grogan, Lead Member for Health and Culture, explained: “The chosen artefacts represent the rich heritage of Selby and I’m delighted at the wide variety of different items that have been selected. These will now be scanned to record every little detail so it can be turned into an online 3D model so you can see all its little details as if you were holding it in your hands.
“The models will also be embedded in a digital Minecraft Selby, as a place to discover them around the town. Within the Minecraft game KrashLabs have built Selby Abbey and Abbot’s Staith and have been working to layout our town in its online map. These sessions are a brilliant way to inspire young people and actively engage with them about the town’s history.”
Jane Jackson from Historic England said: “Local residents have voted for a nice mix of fascinating objects for this High Street Heritage Action Zone project. I can’t wait to see them transformed into 3D models online.”
The High Street Heritage Action Zone has been hosting popular Minecraft building sessions which allowed young gamers to explore a version of how Selby looked in the past, as well as create buildings to show how it might look in the future.
Coming up Selby District Council will be hosting talks and information sessions about the Minecraft model and stories of how the winning objects have been explored by our experts through research into its history, and what potential they might hold in telling the story of Selby in the future. Keep a look out on website page for more information about these talks.
Follow the link to reveal which of the objects were chosen in the poll as the favourites.
For more information on the High Street Heritage Action Zone and to sign up to the volunteer newsletter contact Eleanor Cooper on SelbyHAZ@selby.gov.uk
The High Streets Heritage Action Zones is a £95 million government-funded programme led by Historic England, designed to secure lasting improvements and help breathe new life into our historic high streets for the communities and businesses that use them. Historic England is working with local people and partners to unlock the rich heritage on these high streets, through repair and improvement works as well as arts and cultural programmes, making them more attractive to residents, businesses, tourists and investors.
About Historic England
We are Historic England the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England’s spectacular historic environment, from beaches and battlefields to parks and pie shops. We protect, champion and save the places that define who we are and where we’ve come from as a nation. We care passionately about the stories these places tell, the ideas they represent and the people who live, work and play among them. Working with communities and specialists we share our passion, knowledge and skills to inspire interest, care and conservation, so everyone can keep enjoying and looking after the history that surrounds us all.
About Selby High Streets Heritage Action Zones
Historic England is working with local people and partners through grant funding and sharing our skills to help breathe new life into high streets that are rich in heritage and full of promise - unlocking their potential and making them more attractive to residents, businesses, tourists and investors. The national High Streets Heritage Action Zones scheme, backed by government funding, aims to help with the recovery of local high streets from regenerating historic buildings to helping to engage local communities through art and cultural projects.
Selby High Street Heritage Action Zone is a project part-funded by Historic England to increase vibrancy in the town centre through community engagement and building regeneration projects.
Selby District Council is working with Historic England to develop and deliver schemes that will transform and restore disused and dilapidated buildings into new homes, shops, workplaces, and community spaces, restoring local historic character and improving public realm.
We will…collect personal narratives, experiences, and feelings of Selby’s heritage. Create a range of events to embed these stories into the fabric of our town. Explore traditional and eccentric artistic interpretations of Selby’s stories both physically and digitally.
For more information on the High Street Heritage Action Zone and to sign up to the volunteer newsletter contact Eleanor Cooper on SelbyHAZ@selby.uk