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Festival highlights


• The Historic Atlas of York: Dr Peter Addyman on 2000 years of development in York. York Library, Museum Street, Saturday June 16, 2pm. Tickets £4.

• Brian Sewell in conversation. Ron Cooke Hub, Tuesday June 18, 6.30pm. Free but booking required.

• King of All Britain: TV historian Michael Wood on King Athelstan. Ron Cooke Hub, Wednesday June 19, 6pm. Free, but booking required

• Science out of the lab. St Sampson’s Square, June 22, 10am-3pm,

• Cracking Animation: an audience with Peter Lord, founder of Aardman Animations which created Wallace and Gromit. Scenic Stage Theatre, University of York, June 22, 2.15pm. Free but booking required

• Minster of Mystery – find out what recent excavations beneath York’s cathedral have revealed. York Minster, Tuesday June 25, 5.30pm. £10 (but free to York residents), booking required.

• A reading by Seamus Heaney. University of York Central Hall, June 26, 7.30pm. Tickets £10.

• The Yorkshire DNA Project – the history of Yorkshire’s people as hidden in our genes. Ron Cooke Hub, June 26, 7.30pm. Free, but booking required

• Melvyn Bragg talks about his novel Grace And Mary. Ron Cooke Hub, Friday June 28, 8pm. Free, but booking required.


• Barnes Wallis: In Yorkshire and Beyond. June 11-23, Merchant Adventurers Hall

•  Beeching 50 years on: The man who reshaped Britain’s railways. June 13-16, National Railway Museum

•  Looking back at Hungate. June 13-29, DIG

• Fulford Tapestry. June 17-29, St Helen’s Church

• Royal Academy of Engineering: Design for living. June 22-26, Ron Cooke Hub