Monday, January 30, 2012

Public can now walk the York Jewish History Trail

The York Jewish History Trail was launched on Friday, giving the public the chance to explore hundreds of years of Jewish history in England. Created by the University of York’s Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past launched the trail, and the inaugural walk was led by Professor Helen Weinstein, of IPUP, and City Archaeologist, John Oxley. They have worked for a year with IPUP student interns and media company Historyworks to research and produce an illustrated map of the Trail with accompanying podcasts.

Professor Weinstein says: “I am extremely proud to see this project come to fruition because our IPUP interns have used their research skills to produce a useful product for the public. Most people in York know about 16 March 1190, when Jewish families died in the massacre at Clifford’s Tower, but they do not know where Jews lived and worshipped and were buried. The Trail is designed to introduce the public to the longer story of Jewish settlement in the city from the 12th century to the 21st century.”

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