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Retired Computer Design Engineer. Main hobby photography. Moved to live in York in November 2010 to be near family.

Annual Friends Meeting Saturday 4th May 2019

Annual Friends Meeting 2019

The Annual Friends Meeting was held on Saturday 4th May,  at 2pm in Clements Hall.  Nunthorpe Rd, York  YO23 1BW.

John Shaw of the York Architectural and York Archaeological Society (YAYAS) gave an illustrated talk on ‘York in Old Maps’.

Then there followed a discussion of the FPT development plans.


York Walls Festival – 10th & 11th August 2019 + other activities.

2019 Walls Festival Press Release

A National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £10,000, towards this year’s York Walls Festival, has been approved!

The grant will enable us to:

  • Enhance the programme of the Festival, extending it to both the Saturday (10th August) and the Sunday (11th August), and drawing in new partners with new activities.
  • Create a dedicated website for the Festival  See  HERE
  • Improve our visitor information and displays, and maps
  • Provide some of our key literature in translation into selected languages
  • Provide a programme of expert talks related to the walls leading up to the Festival and running on afterwards (See Festival Website for more details)
  • Put on training events for Friends and interested members of the public including work on archives, ecology and archaeology
  • Create a Family Pack and a Schools Pack for the Walls
  • Create a nature trail to enhance the experience of going round the Walls and ramparts
  • Do a professional display of the archaeological dig in the Fishergate Postern Tower
  • Increase the profile of Baile Hill in this year’s Festival, including better signage, interpretation and activity on the Festival days
  • Help the Red Tower to put on a Community Food Event on the Saturday afternoon of the Festival
  • Arrange for two study visits to other cities in England with heritage walls to research useful lessons for what we do in York in the future.
  • Help the Festival have a greater economic benefit for walls related businesses in York.
  • Take the first steps towards enhancing the visitor experience at Fishergate Postern Tower through display, space organisation and lighting.

Recent press coverage has included an article in The Press  HERE


Fishergate Postern Tower open 8th & 29th June, 13th July, 10th & 11th August.

Fishergate Postern Tower will be open on Saturday 8th & 29th June and then Saturday 13th July.  On Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th August there will be open days and special events as part of “York Walls Festival 2019”   Open each date is from 10am to 4pm. These dates are part of our 2019 season of Open Days, and as always it will be FREE entry.  Do come along and see us, and have a chat. Explore this unique 500 year old building, now NEW for 2019 with its own electricity supply and improved lighting.


Happy New Year 2019

The Fishergate Postern Tower archaeological dig has now finished and we move on to the electrical cable installation into January 2019. Here are some pictures of the dig :-

Images copyright Alan Fleming for Friends of York Walls