Selby Treasures

As part of the Selby 950 programme, celebrating 950 years since the founding of Selby Abbey, we are creating a Pop-Up Museum in Selby Abbey.

Selby Treasures shows a specially assembled collection of personal memories and historic objects from Selby people. 

Created by curator Michala Pearson and artist Simon Grennan, this temporary museum of Selby shows treasures old and new, including Selby artefacts on loan from other regional museums and local archaeological finds.

Much of the content was gathered through pop up museum events in shops, libraries, workplaces and community group workshops, and the people who brought their objects and their stories are as much part of the exhibition as the objects themselves – with new drawings by Simon Grennan.

We have put together a museum-quality exhibition that will run in the Abbey from 25 Jan - 9 February 2020.

Our Curator, Michala Pearson, will be running a timetable of events and workshops to coincide with the exhibition as follows:

Walk and Talk
Monday 27 January
10.30-11.30am
Meet the curator to find out more about this fascinating exhibition.

Show and Tell
Wednesday 29 January
11-12.30pm
Have you been inspired by the exhibition? Do you have a special object and story that you would like to share? Meet our curator who will record your object and story to add to our growing Selby Treasures Archive.

Walk and Talk
Wednesday 29 January
1-2pm
Meet the curator to take a closer look at some of our Selby Treasures.

Family Fun - Objects and Archives
Saturday 1 February
11.00-3.00pm
Join us to explore the amazing archives connected to our exhibition. Younger visitors can try our tricky trail, use their detective skills to solve puzzles, have a go at writing with a quill and create a seal for their letters.

Show and Tell
Wednesday 5 February
2.00-4.00pm
Have you been inspired by the exhibition? Do you have a special object and story that you would like to share? Meet our curator who will record your object and story to add to our growing Selby Treasures Archive.

Archaeological Talk
Wednesday 5 February
6.30-7.15pm
Meet Paula Ware Director of MAP Archaeological Practice who will be giving a fascinating illustrated talk about the archaeological dig at Turnhead Farm, Barlby. The Roman Face Pots displayed as part of Selby Treasures were discovered on this site.

Special Books
Saturday 8 February
11.00-12.30
Amongst the books available for closer inspection will be a seventeenth century copy of Thomas Johnson’s extended version of Gerarde’s ‘Herball’.

Walk and Talk Session with BSL Interpretation
Saturday 8 February
1.30-2.30
A special British Sign Language interpreted Walk and Talk Session. Meet the curator to explore the Selby Treasures exhibition, with a British Sign Language interpreter.

The exhibition is open 25 January to 9 February 2020 9am-4pm every day. The exhibition and all events are free. For more information please email pearsonheritage@gmail.com or call 01757 292314 or 01757 292336.
 

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.