Selby Treasures

Residents were invited to bring their historical treasures to special ‘pop up museum’ events, for a Selby 950 project.

Selby Treasures invited people to bring their artefacts and objects along to the community events in shops and in public spaces and share the stories behind them by writing the history of the object as they know it on a label. The artefact owners and their stories were photographed and recorded.

Some residents had their portraits and artefacts drawn by graphic artist and novelist Simon Grennan. These portraits will be displayed at future events.

The pop up events took place in November and will be followed by a major exhibition featuring the most interesting objects, their owners and their stories in Selby Abbey from 25 January to 9 February 2020. The artwork created earlier in the project will also be on display.

Another element of the project will see the curators bring Selby artefacts that are currently held in regional museums and collections back to the town for the final exhibition. Participants and visitors to the exhibition will receive a special Selby Treasures brochure commemorating the project.

The project has been made possible thanks to money raised by National Lottery players as the National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded funding to Selby District Council to deliver a programme of arts and heritage events to celebrate the 950th anniversary of the founding of Selby Abbey.