York Castle Museum Briefing Notes: Navigating layers of history

The York Castle Museum Briefing Notes are drawn from the existing My Castle Gateway open brief for the whole Castle Gateway area along with input drawing on four workshops held in collaboration with York Museums Trust in October 2018. Each workshop was focused on the intersection between movement and meaning, and three of the workshops … Read moreYork Castle Museum Briefing Notes: Navigating layers of history

York Castle Museum Briefing Notes Introduction: Movement and Meaning

As part of the wider Castle Gateway project York Castle Museum is also embarking on a major development which aims to interpret the histories of the site, enhance the existing buildings, offer porosity and visual and physical links between the river, the museum and the wider castle site, display better the museum’s collections and reach … Read moreYork Castle Museum Briefing Notes Introduction: Movement and Meaning

Public Spaces that work for Young People: ‘finding somewhere you can stay without having to pay’

On 27th October, the My Castle Gateway team took a walk with six members of York’s Youth Council to explore how young people use the city’s public space. How do young people use the public spaces York already has? And what new possibilities might the Castle Gateway area offer? Museum Gardens We started in Museum … Read morePublic Spaces that work for Young People: ‘finding somewhere you can stay without having to pay’

Castle Car Park Idea: A new, big public space

What might a new public space on Castle Car Park look like? In the Open Brief we developed in the summer people want to be able to: Come together Attend large scale events (music, theatre, fairs) Use the Eye of York as a place of political protest Commemorate and remember, especially the 1190 massacre of … Read moreCastle Car Park Idea: A new, big public space

Tower Gardens: What would make you want to spend more time here?

Tower Gardens walk around: 3rd February 2-4pm We ran the first of our post-masterplan ideas events last Saturday, exploring uses and landscaping of Tower Gardens. You can see the masterplan ideas for Tower Gardens here and people’s responses to them during the engagement period here. The aim of these follow up events is to explore … Read moreTower Gardens: What would make you want to spend more time here?

Collaborative Place Development Projects – Comparisons with My Castle Gateway

At the core of the My Castle Gateway project is a commitment to shaping city development through conversations and ongoing collaborations – with the City of York Council, with the masterplanners and with the local community. It is one of a growing number of projects where public engagement is substantially integrated into plans for urban … Read moreCollaborative Place Development Projects – Comparisons with My Castle Gateway

Saturday Night!: Exploring York’s Streets, Rivers and Public Spaces

9:00pm Saturday 14th October 2017 Six of us gathered for the night walk, slightly concerned that it was a race weekend and the town might be full of unavoidable drunkenness. In the event the over-riding feeling was of emptiness – public spaces were generally quiet and under-used. It didn’t feel particularly dangerous and where people … Read moreSaturday Night!: Exploring York’s Streets, Rivers and Public Spaces

Look at Your City: The power of 10 and the power of the perch

14th October 2017 Five of us undertook to Look at York, spending time in a variety of the city’s public spaces and trying to work out what was going on. To set the scene for our walk we looked at the Project for Public Spaces Power of 10: ‘The idea behind this concept is that … Read moreLook at Your City: The power of 10 and the power of the perch

My Castle Gateway Stage Two: Working with issues as tools

By Phil Bixby Having done a large number of different public events – guided walkabouts in day and night, meetings, photography walks and events with local partners – we frequently get asked “how is this going to affect what actually happens?” Firstly, the Open draft brief we produced – which drew out the themes from … Read moreMy Castle Gateway Stage Two: Working with issues as tools