York Festival of Ideas
It’s New Earswick this year. All welcome!
We joined up with the Sheldon Memorial Trust with two lectures by leading local experts, Professor Bill Sheils and Professor Jonathan Bradshaw who a discussed Seebohm Rowntree’s achievement. See this year’s programme here.
We led all Five Rowntree Walks over two weekends. They were a huge success and sold out quickly.
We hosted a series of events to showcase our York Remembers Rowntree project at the York Festival of Ideas.
Listen to the audio files.There are around in depth 40 recordings, mapped onto the places around York where the recorded event took place. The red markers on the Memory Map enable you to click on individual memories, while the yellow markers give some background about places of interest. The Rowntree Society has transcripts of all these recordings, alongside an ever-expanding Memories bank.
This year’s Festival theme was Order and Chaos. Bridget Morris gave a talk ‘And was Jerusalem Builded Here?’ at St. Helen’s Church, in which she explored some of the visionary ideas of the Rowntree family in the years leading up to World War I, as they looked with hope and optimism towards an ordered world of social justice and peace. Nowhere was their vision better exemplified than in New Earswick. But many of their dreams were shattered by the chaos of the Great War that changed the course of their aspirations for decades to come.
This year the theme was ‘North and South’ and it was our first year taking part in the Festival of Ideas. One of our trustees, Steven Burkeman, gave a talk on ‘What has the North ever done for Social Policy? The Contribution of Benjamin Seebohm Rowntree’. His talk was complemented by a talk by Julia Unwin, Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, who outlined the work being done by the Foundation in the field of national policy today.