Which objects will join the Hall of Fame – and appear in Minecraft?

You can vote for your favourite historical finds from Selby to join Selby Heritage Action Zone’s special online exhibition ‘History of Selby in 10 Objects’.

The top ten choices will each be transformed into a 3D model that you can twist and turn on our website to see its crevices (and possibly cracks!) as though you were holding it in your hands.

The models will be embedded in a digital Minecraft Selby, as a place to discover them around the town. Within the game KrashLabs have built Selby Abbey and Abbot’s Staith and have been working with young people in workshops to add more to our town – building things they know, and things they would like to see in the town in the future.

The model already includes a 3D scan of a finial which was found during an archaeological dig at Abbot’s Staith, and a 17th century botanical book, kept at Selby Abbey.  Now more objects will be added to the Minecraft model and we want to see which ones you would like to see in in 3D.

Dave Caulfield, Selby District Council’s Director of Economic Regeneration and Place, said: “Selby has a rich history that we are exploring through this new project, which is one of a number planned under the High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) programme. This programme is working to unlock the potential of Selby’s high streets, fuelling economic, social, and cultural recovery.

“The HSHAZ includes a programme of new and engaging cultural activities, rooted in the heritage of Selby which begins with developing our online town and its connection to our favourite Selby Treasures, the exhibition which was part of the Selby 950 celebrations. We’ve already had a number of really popular Minecraft building sessions which allowed gamers to create a version of how Selby looked in the past as well as how it might look in the future.

“Now everyone can get involved and vote for the items they loved the most from Selby whether that’s a Selby Abbey Roof Boss, Cap Badge from the RAF, or a Kiwi! I’m urging everyone to get voting and help us find the most popular historical items that we can share in 3D!

“It will provide a new and fascinating way of examining and learning about these items from Selby’s past.”

Veronica Fiorato from Historic England said: “Selby has many fascinating historic treasures and it will be wonderful to see a selection of these transformed into 3D models. We are delighted that the Selby High Street Heritage Action Zone scheme, though this Minecraft project, is inspiring so many young people about town’s history.”       

Follow the link to vote for your favourites.

For more information on the Heritage Action Zone and to sign up to the volunteer newsletter contact Eleanor Cooper on SelbyHAZ@selby.gov.uk

About 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 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.

Provide property improvement grants to local shop and business owners to help fund urgent repair works to properties, and repair some of the character of the streets. Open spaces and streets for retail and cultural activity and create connected designs across the sectors of the High Street Heritage Action Zone.