York Museums Trust

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York Museums Trust
Yorkshire Museum.jpg
The Yorkshire Museum, one of the trust's sites.
Founded 26 February 2002 (2002-02-26)
Founder R I L Guthrie, M J Allen, D E Rayner and R E Rushforth
Dissolved N/A
Type Charity
Registration no. 1092466
Location
Origins Created by City of York council to manage the cities museums and galleries
Area served Yorkshire
Services Running York's city-owned museums and galleries
Key people Chairman Sir John Lawton
Chief Executive Janet Barnes
Mission "Our Mission is to cherish the collections, buildings and gardens entrusted to us, presenting and interpreting them as a stimulus for learning, a provocation to curiosity and a source of inspiration and enjoyment for all."
Website yorkmuseumstrust.org.uk

York Museums Trust (YMT) is the charity responsible for the operation of some of the key museums and galleries in York, England. The trust was founded in 2002 to run York's museums on behalf of York City Council.[1][2] It has seen an increase in annual footfall of 254,000 to the venues since its foundation.[3]

Sites[edit]

The trust runs four cultural venues and a gardens.

The Yorkshire Museum[edit]

Main article: Yorkshire Museum

This is the historic county museum displaying the collections inherited from the Yorkshire Philosophical Society and acting as a regional collecting museum.[4]

York Museum Gardens[edit]

Main article: York Museum Gardens

The Museum Gardens are a botanical garden containing the Yorkshire Museum and St Mary's Abbey.[5]

York Castle Museum[edit]

Main article: York Castle Museum

The Castle Museum is a social history museum housed in two former prison buildings.[6]

York Art Gallery[edit]

Main article: York Art Gallery

York's Art Gallery has a large collection of paintings and an internationally important collection of studio ceramics.[7] In 2012 the trust obtained £7 million of funding for a major refurbishment project of the gallery.[8]

York St Mary's[edit]

York St Mary's is a contemporary art space in a deconsecrated church in the Coppergate area of York.[9] The first use of the space was a joint exhibition between a number of artists, but since 2005 St Mary’s has been the location for installations by individuals, which are changed on a regular basis. The first of these commissions, inspired by the medieval building itself, was a textile work by Caroline Broadhead called Breathing Spaces. This was followed by Echo, a work by Susie MacMurray. In 2012, Laura Belem created The Temple of a Thousand Bells which used individually made clear glass bells in a composition that combined sounds of bell chimes with a narrative, describing how a temple sinks into the sea, silencing the music of a thousand bells.[10][11]

Funding[edit]

The Trust is primarily funded through the City of York Council and the Arts Council. The Trust also derives substantial revenue from admission charges and other income sources. Total funding and income for 2013/14 is expected to be £5.85 Million.[12][13]

Operations[edit]

Middleham Jewel

Over 1000 nationally important paintings held by the Trust have been made available online, as part of a cooperative project with the BBC, and the Public Catalogue Foundation.[14][15] A number of objects held by the Trust, which had a Yorkshire connection were included in the BBC History of the World project, including the Middleham Jewel, the York helmet and a tin of Rowntree's cocoa from Ernest Shackleton’s unsuccessful Nimrod expedition to the South Pole.[16][17][18]

History[edit]

  • In 2009 jointly acquired with the British Museum the Vale of York Hoard,[19] a Viking treasure hoard valued at over £1,000,000.[20]
  • An exhibition in 2011 of David Hockney’s largest landscape painting Bigger Trees Near Warter was the most well attended since the Trust had taken over the York Art gallery in 2002.[21]
  • In 2012 the Trust successfully raised enough money to retain one of a pair of Iron Age gold torcs that had been found in Towton, North Yorkshire.[22]
  • In 2013 the Trust in conjunction with the BBC organised a Stargazing Live event at the York Observatory in the York museum gardens.[23]
  • In 2014 a new exhibition will be opened by the Trust at York Castle Museum that will focus on the changes brought about by the First World War, in the centenary year of the start of the conflict.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History". York Museums Trust website. York Museums Trust. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Brave new world for museums in York". The York Press. 1 August 2002. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "York Museums Trust". City of York Council. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Galleries: Yorkshire Museum". your paintings (BBC). Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "York Museum Gardens". PlantNetwork: The Plant Collections Network of Britain and Ireland (2005). plantnetwork.org. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Galleries: York Castle Museum". your paintings (BBC). Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Anthony Shaw ceramics collection loaned to York Art Gallery". BBC News (BBC). 19 September 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "York Art Gallery £8m refurbishment to begin in new year". BBC News. 27 December 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Welcome to York St Marys". York Museums Trust. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "St Mary’s Church, Castlegate". Jorvik an illustrated guide to York. jorvik.co.uk. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Installation: The Temple of a Thousand Bells". Events Arts & Culture. yourlocallink.co.uk. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Forward Plan 2012 - 2018". York Museums Trust. yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk. p. 4. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "York Museums Trust". National portfolio organisations. Arts Council England. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "Galleries: York Museums Trust". your paintings (BBC). Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  15. ^ "More about York Museums Trust". your paintings (BBC). Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  16. ^ "Middleham Jewel". A History of the World (BBC). Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  17. ^ "York Helmet". A History of the World (BBC). Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  18. ^ "Shackleton's tin of Rowntree's Cocoa". A History of the World (BBC). Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  19. ^ "Getting the most out of treasure". BBC news. 17 September 2009. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  20. ^ In 2007 the Whelans had been quoted as saying that a conservative estimate for the value of the hoard was about £750,000.("Viking treasure hoard uncovered". BBC. 19 July 2007. Retrieved 28 October 2013. )
  21. ^ "Hockney's largest painting pulls the crowds in York". York - Arts and Culture (BBC). Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  22. ^ "Iron Age gold bracelet to stay at Yorkshire Museum". BBC News York (BBC). Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  23. ^ "University helps local community reach for the stars". BBC Stargazing Live 2013. york.ac.uk. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  24. ^ "York Castle Museum lottery grant funds WWI exhibition". BBC News York (BBC). Retrieved 28 October 2013.