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York Historic Atlas Study Day

Saturday 23 April 2016, 9.15AM to 4:30pm

An illustrated atlas of the history of the remarkable city of York, concentrating on the growth and form of the settlement across two thousand years, was published in December 2015.

York Minster skyline

Important since Roman times, the city of York grew to become one of the most prosperous, densely settled and influential cities of England in the medieval period and beyond. The atlas charts the development of the city up to the advent of the railway age through a series of detailed period chapters, maps and illustrations drawing on the most recent research in archaeology and history.

This study day is intended to explain and explore the making of the atlas, highlighting some of the challenges in mapping historic York, and introducing the wider comparative European context for the project.  The day will finish with reflection on new opportunities for using the atlas and mapping the historic city in the future. There will be plenty of time for discussion.

Further information on the Historic Towns Atlas can be found at the Historic Towns Trust.


Dr Peter Addyman (York Civic Trust)

Dr Patrick Ottaway (PJO Archaeology)

Dr Ailsa Mainman (York Archaeological Trust)

Professor David Palliser (Visiting Professor, University of York)

Professor Sarah Rees Jones (University of York)

Professor Bill Sheils (Emeritus, University of York)

Dr Stefania Perring (University of York)

Giles Darkes (Cartographic Editor, British Historic Towns Atlas)

Professor Keith Lilley (Queen's University, Belfast; Chair of the Historic Towns Trust)


09:30 Peter Addyman: Making the Historic Towns Atlas of York

10:00 Patrick Ottaway: Roman York

10:45 Tea/Coffee

11:15 Ailsa Mainman: Anglian and Anglo-Scandinavian York to 1068

12:00 David Palliser and Sarah Rees Jones: Medieval York: 1068-1536

12:45 to 13:45 Lunch

13:45 Bill Sheils and Stefania Perring: Modern York: 1536-1830

14:30 Giles Darkes: The challenges of mapping the topographic history of a city

15:15 Tea/Coffee

15:45 Keith Lilley: The British Historic Towns Atlas: past, present and future

16:30 Finish

Tickets for the day cost £25 per person and are available to purchase via Eventbrite

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Map of Minster


Location: King's Manor, Exhibition Square, York YO1 7EP (Room K/133, Philip Rahtz Lecture Theatre)

Admission: Tickets £25 per person