THE University of York is to host an event as it participates in Being Human, the UK’s first national festival of the humanities in November.

‘Within the Walls: Heritage, Public History and the Historic City’’ will champion the excellence of humanities research being undertaken in York and Yorkshire and help to demonstrate its vitality and relevance today.

The event has been made possible by a grant from festival organisers, the School of Advanced Study, University of London, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.

Selected from over 100 applications, the grant will help the university bring together researchers and the local public to engage with their own interpretation of the humanities.

Dr Sarah Rees Jones, of the Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past, said: “We are looking forward to engaging the public through new activities both online and offline that address the value of York’s past for communities in the present and the future. There will be an exhibition of recent research conducted locally to stimulate the imagination but we are really interested in public contributions and ideas."

She said that at the end of the week, there was a plan to link up with similar projects at the University of Western Australia.