Considering the relevance of the York massacre of 1190 today

Posted on 12 March 2015

16 March marks the anniversary of the massacre of the Jews of York in 1190, the most infamous event in York's history.

Leonie Wieser discusses the relevance of the massacre to our present society in a new blog entry for York’s Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past (IPUP).

Leonie completed the MA in Public History at the University of York in 2013. The MA enables students to understand the critical issues in public history and to analyse the variety of changing ways that the public engage with the past.

This project was supervised by Dr Sarah Rees Jones. Together with Dr Sethina Watson, Sarah published a collection of essays, Christians and Jews in Angevin England: The York Massacre of 1190, Narratives and Contexts. This collection of essays considers the significance of this infamous episode in York's history in the past and in the present.

Leonie is now studying towards her PhD at Northumbria University with the Heritage Consortium.

For more information about the MA in Public History, please visit the Department of History website.