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Barley Hall

Barley Hall will be joining YorNight 2015 with a variety of relaxed talks from 5.30pm-8pm in the banqueting hall over a cup of mead! Take the opportunity to check out Barley Hall from 5.30pm free of charge!


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Boomtown Rats: Ancient Rodent Bones from York as Markers of Urbanisation

Talk, 5.30pm-5.50pm, Barley Hall

David Orton will explian the new research which involves applying a combination of 3D-shape analysis and genetics to rat bones from Roman and Viking-Age sites in York, in order to understand the rodents’ origins and adaptations.


Unearthing Industrial York

Talk, 6pm-6.20pm, Barley Hall 

Although York is not known for its industrial past, the city supported a number of different manufacturing industries in the 19th century. Of these, the iron industry, has left the greatest mark on our modern streetscape, with numerous products of the York foundries still surviving around the city. Come along to find out more!

Apocolypse Now: Preserving a Medieval Master-Piece

Talk, 6.30pm-6.50pm, Barley Hall 

Between 2010 and 2015 the York Glaziers Trust has conserved York Minster’s Great East Window of 1405-1408, the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the UK. This illustrated lecture by the project’s director, will go behind the scenes of this exciting collaboration.


Laugh with Us:  A Cabaret from a Concentration Camp

Talk, 7pm-7.20pm, Barley Hall 

In 2006 a full-length cabaret script written in the Terezín/Theresienstadt Ghetto came to light, complete with sheet music. But how can you stage a work so full of inside jokes? Join us to find out more at this exciting talk. 


Yiddish Cabaret from the Rediscovered Finnish-Jewish Archives 

Talk, 7.20pm-7.40pm, Barley Hall 

In 2005, when the Finnish-Jewish community sold a building in the historic heart of Helsinki, the new owners found a room packed with archival material, including several scenes from a wartime Yiddish-language cabaret.  Dr Muir will discuss this discovery, and he and Dr Peschel will read excerpts (in English) from the rediscovered cabarets. 


From Russia to the Cape of Good Hope: Jewish Music Bypassing the Holocaust

Talk, 7.40pm-8pm, Barley Hall 

In 1928 composer Froim Spektor fled Russia for South Africa. Among his possessions was an extraordinary folder containing both his own music and music by some of the most important Jewish composers of his generation, long thought lost, but now revealed anew as part of a major international research project.