Make a curious difference to National Anti-Boredom Month this July with a trip to York where one of the largest Coprolite ever found, the legacy of a Viking nobleman’s ivory horn and a Roman hair piece are sure to fire up the imagination of the most jaded individual.
‘York is home to many of the country’s most fascinating curiosities and rarest treasures, from Britain’s biggest Ichthyosaur fossil to possibly the oldest object on earth – the Middlesbrough Meteorite. When you see things like these and think about where they came from and what life was like back then it opens up your mind to seeing life – and history - in a fresh new way. Book a stay in
The Coprolite, otherwise known as fossilised human poo, is one of the JORVIK Viking Centre’s most valuable artefacts – from it archaeologists learnt what the Vikings ate, and what illnesses and parasites infested their bodies.
Also upping York’s curiosity factor is a pair of stockings for men with specially padded calves that form part of a new major exhibition of 18th century fashion at Fairfax House in Castlegate. ‘Head to Toe: Accessorising the Georgians’, which runs until 2 November features shoes, fans, hats, waistcoats, garters, stockings, buttons and gloves dating from 1700 to 1820, gathered from more than 20 museums across the country. The unusual stockings show that vanity and the pursuit of fashion was not for the female realm alone.
There’s nothing like a mystery to activate the little grey cells and when it comes to mystery there’s nothing like York’s internationally renowned Mystery Plays. York Mystery Plays on Waggons take place every four years, so 2014 sees the welcome return on 13 and 20 July. The open air performances hark back to the original spectacle of the medieval Corpus Christi Day festivities and take place in various locations across the city. They are all free and some have ticketed seating.
Finding out about the lives of the rich and powerful is always fascinating especially when they involve extraordinary stories of kings, Viking warriors and power-hungry Normans - and that’s exactly what visitors to the new Capital of the North Exhibition at
Of course, York has more than enough up its sleeve to surprise and delight visitors in search of something out-of-the-ordinary all year round. These are just the tip of York’s treasure trove:
· A Roman hairpiece from the late 3rd to early 4th centuries: this exceptionally rare hairpiece was discovered in
· The Middlesbrough Meteorite: possibly the oldest artefact you’ll ever see. This amazing object exhibited at the
· ‘Plain Mr. York, of York, Yorks’: this larger than life character is fully animatronic and the first promotional tool of its kind. He would have caused quite a stir at the exhibitions and events of the day! In the late 1920s,
· A lock of steam locomotive designer Robert Stephenson’s hair believed to have been taken at the time of his death in 1859.
· A model train collection so big it’s in the Guinness book of records. JP Richards’s spent 55 years of his life making 610 model trains from scratch. He bequeathed them to the
· The York Helmet: the most outstanding object of the Anglo-Saxon period to survive in
· One of the finest pieces of Gothic jewellery found in
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To book your boredom-busting filled break to York visit www.visityork.org
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