Poverty in Depth: New International Perspectives

International Symposium
The Kings Manor
University of York
6th-8th July 2009

The aim of this three-day international symposium is to bring together archaeologists and historians working on Dig Hungate with international archaeologists, historians and social scientists who share interests in the urban archaeology and history of the modern world, to reflect on previous research, to exchange information on current projects, and to identify emerging ideas and new directions for the study of urban poverty.

Over the past two years, the York Archaeological Trust has been excavating the rich 19th and 20th century archaeology of Hungate, an inner-city area of York adjacent to the River Foss. This was the neighbourhood identified by B. Seebohm Rowntree in Poverty: A Study of Town Life (1901) as one of the poorest in the city.

Dig Hungate is the single largest excavation in York in the past 25 years, and offers a rare and exciting opportunity to look at a slice through 2000 years of York's history. The archaeological investigation is funded by Hungate ( York) Regeneration Ltd, as part of the work being carried out to create the new Hungate urban neighbourhood. Until 2012, YAT will work ahead of the redevelopment to recover information about the people of Hungate, their buildings and their way of life.

Archaeologists and historians will share initial findings from the project at the symposium and invite the presenters and participants to discuss them in the light of current and future developments in urban archaeology and history. Discussion will revolve around five themes:

  • Poverty
  • Measuring poverty
  • Health, hygiene and sanitation
  • Possessions
  • Housing, property and power

For further information, please contact Dr Sarah Rees Jones (srrj1@york.ac.uk) or Dr Jayne Rimmer (jrimmer@yorkat.co.uk).