York’s lovely Minster is a familiar sight to those of us lucky to live so close to it, and you may have heard tales of its long history, from being on the site of a Roman building through to its being threatened with collapse in the 1960s. Want to hear the real story?
Ian Milsted, Lead Archaeologist at the York Archaeological Trust, will be talking about “Excavations at York Minster 1829 – 2012” at the next meeting of the Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society.
YAT excavated beneath the Minster during the 2012 renovation works in the undercroft. This space beneath the cathedral was created during the emergency engineering works of the 1960s and 70s when the central tower was saved from collapse by major underpinning works. These works revealed the archaeology of the site reaching back to the Roman period when it was the location of the fortress headquarters of Eboracum. Records from work done at the cathedral since the early 19th century were vital in piecing together what was revealed in 2012.
Friday 17th November 2017, 7.30pm, North York Moors National Park Authority Committee Room, Bondgate, Helmsley.
Non-members are always welcome.
In case you’re wondering, the word ‘minster’ is derived from the Anglo-Saxon ‘monasterium’, a missionary community and church. Today its use is customary, has no religious or administrative significance, and can apply to churches large and small: not only York, but Kirkdale for example.