YORK’S flood victims are being asked to share their memories for an oral history project launched by the Jorvik Viking Centre.

Residents are also being urged to allow an item which they saved from the 2015 floods - or which got wet - to be photographed for the project, dubbed Waterproof Memories.

With the Viking centre finally due to reopen this spring nearly 16 months after being flooded, its owners, the York Archaeological Trust, wants to showcase the impact on other homes and businesses.

Jen Jackson, community engagement manager for the trust, said there were certain objects in many flood victims’ homes that held a significance to them and their families. “These are the pieces and stories we want to document in this project,” she said.

“It could be an object that got wet or something you got wet to save- toys, photos, letters or books. It might be something you wore during the flood or equipment that you have used in the clean up like a bucket, a mop, wellies or paintbrushes.”

The project will be launched between 10am and 4pm next Friday, February 24, and the following day at York Explore Library, with residents invited to bring along their objects to be photographed and have a 10-minute audio recording of their stories.

For more information, go to jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk/waterproof-memories or email waterproof@yorkat.co.uk.