Music and Dance returns to Fishergate Postern Tower.

As part of the forthcoming York Curiouser event, to be held at various locations around York from 14th June to 7th July 2014, music and dance has returned to Fishergate Postern Tower, Piccadilly, York – for only the second time in probably almost 200 years.

In 1818 William Hargrove says, he had an old manuscript presented to his father, that indicates that concerts of music and dancing used formally to be in Fishergate Postern, and there have been music galleries in the upper room. In the Georgian period the upper floors, along with a music gallery, was a place where dancing and singing provided entertainment -although as the rooms are rather small, Hargrove suggests that they were for “Private Assemblies”. (Ref: “History and Description of the Ancient City of York”, Volume II. p23-25. Alexander)

In January 2014 the Ebor Morris Men performed in the tower and now Janet Hodgson, one of the York Curiouser Artists, is bringing music and dance back to the tower again. Janet has shown her work both nationally and internationally, including at Tate Liverpool and the Serpentine, London. She is concerned with constructs of time and place. Her work is multi-disciplinary and often collaborative. She uses the site and its history as the starting point for creating new work.

Just as archaeologists dig the earth Janet digs up figures and histories associated with the site, bringing to life ghosts from the past. She makes costume dramas to help us resolve or find a different way to use the past to inhabit the present and locating fragments of alternative models of memory and power relations for the future.

Janet’s Institute Of Historical Correction, and renowned choreographer Lea Anderson are making a new a costume drama – “The Postern” on location in Fishergate Postern Tower. This is a newly commissioned artwork as part of York Curiouser and has been filmed on site and will be shown in the tower during the York Curiouser event.

“The Postern” is a film of a Georgian Dance Lesson with a difference, here the students learn a new quadrille specially composed for this occasion. Their instructor will be Mary Wigman (1886 – 1973) who choreographed the dance routines for Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich; she will lead them through a new quadrille revived especially for this occasion. The dancers will work hard to achieve the perfection she requires. A choirboy will provide the music for the quadrille. He will sing a Dada composition with a libretto with words taken from Drakes Eboracum. More pictures at here.  The videocan be viewed HERE  or downloaded HERE

York Curiouser runs from 14th June to 7th July 2014 at various locations around York including Fishergate Postern Tower, Red Tower, Quilt Museum St. Anthony’s Garden, The National Centre for Early Music, Kings Manor, York’s Snickleways, River Foss, etc..

The Friends of York Walls open the tower at selected times during the year – see for details. The Friends are pleased to be associated with York Curiouser 2014 and to support the use of “The Walls & Towers” for public enjoyment.
Fishergate Tower will be open on Saturdays/Sundays/Wednesdays/Thursdays/Fridays from 14th June to 7th July 2014.



Friends of York Walls aim to open FPT on the following dates during 2014 :-

Spring Bank Holiday
Sat 24th, Sun 25th & Mon 26th May

Festival of Ideas & York Curiouser Art Festival – 14th June to 6th July
This is an ongoing York Curiouser event / exhibition in the Tower
Sat 14th & Sun 15th June + Wed 18th, Thur 19th, Fri 20th
Sat 21st & Sun 22nd June + Wed 25th, Thur 26th, Fri 27th
Sat 28th & Sun 29th June + Wed 2nd , Thur 3rd , Fri 4th July
Note: The Tower will be opened by FoYW volunteers at weekends, & York Curiouser volunteers on Wed, Thurs & Fri weekdays during the Curiouser event.

Tour de France Grande Depart & York Curiouser
Sat 5th & Sun 6th July
(York T de F Stage – Departure on Sunday 6th)

Start of School Holidays
Sat 26th & Sun 27th July

August Bank Holiday
Sat 23rd & Sun 24th August

Heritage Open Buildings Weekend –
Sat 13th & Sun 14th September
Red Tower will also be OPEN this weekend

Possible other dates TBA


Friends of York Walls are pleased to announce that the book “A Walking Guide to York’s City Walls” by Simon Mattam is now available. Order from at £5.99.  Available to buy at FoYW “open days & events”.  Also stocked by local York outlets including VisitYork, Waterstones, WH Smith.  For enquiries about bulk supply and discounts please contact Eboru Publishing at

Book Description :-
Make the most of your visit to York by walking along England’s finest remaining city walls. This detailed walking guide takes you on a tour of historic York’s 700 year old city walls. As well as giving step-by-step guidance on the route and what you can see along the way, it is filled with stories of the history, events and people that have played a part in York’s long and colourful past. See York from a new angle and make sure you don’t miss what others walk straight past! • find your way with detailed hand-drawn maps of each section • ensure you know what you are looking at with numerous photographs throughout • read about York Minster and the beautiful gardens the Walls overlook • suggestions for places to stop for refreshment breaks throughout • detours from the Walls to places of interest nearby are suggested throughout. ISBN-13: 978-0992900205