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Case Study: Selby Museum

Unlike almost any other market town of such history and importance, Selby has neither a museum nor heritage facility to showcase the town’s story.

Working principally with Selby Civic Society, a museum-style space was organized for a week in June. This displayed artefacts important to Selby’s history, provided a forum for discussion and highlighted the degree of support for permanent provision.

Local people volunteered to give talks and presentations concerning local history of airships, schools and churches, there were recitations, poetry and films recalling memories of canal transport, the festival marking the 900th anniversary of the Abbey and a hands-on discussion of local archaeological finds. Heritage Walks were organized to visit areas of local industry such as the shipyard and buildings of note such as Selby Abbey.