Elizabeth Hartley, Archaeologist

Elizabeth Grayson Hartley (1947 – 2018) As the first ever-Keeper of Archaeology at the Yorkshire Museum, Elizabeth held a key role in the City of York. She had responsibility for possibly the largest and best collection of Roman-British antiquities outside of London and for the Yorkshire Museum’s vast archaeological collection drawn from the City of […]

Sally Arnup, Sculptor

Sally Arnup (1930-2015) Sally Arnup was one of the world’s leading animal sculptors.She was born and brought up in Surrey. She remembered being handed a piece of clay at her Montessori School when she was about two and a half and enjoying the feel of it between her fingers. By the age of five, she […]

Helen Cadbury, Author

Helen was born in Birmingham (in 1965) into the Quaker family of chocolate fame, later moving to Oldham with her older sister and brothers. As a child she loved books. Helen had three main ambitions at this time, which included being a writer or an actor. Her father advised her not to start writing until […]

Juliet Forster, Theatre Director

Juliet Forster has been associate director of York Theatre Royal (YTR) since 2007. She studied drama at the University of Birmingham and has previously worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company. She both directs and adapts work for the stage; adaptations for YTR have included AS Byatt’s Angels and Insects, and E. Nesbit’s The Book of Dragons. She […]

Yvie Holder, Founder, York Race Equality Network

Yvie has been promoting diversity and equality for over 30 years, in both a personal and a professional capacity. Formerly a teacher of English and Drama, she has been instrumental in the setting up of various initiatives in York, and has been involved as a volunteer in trades union work, school governing, mentoring and in […]

Rose Kent, Accessible Arts

Rose Kent – Creative Director of Accessible Arts & Media, Chair of Tang Hall Big Local, art & music lecturer, sculptor, community artist. Accessible Arts & Media (AAM) is an award-winning charity running arts and creative media learning projects since 1982, where the achievements and aspirations of everyone, regardless of their circumstances are celebrated. They […]

Iris Lemare, Composer

Lemare, Iris Margaret Elsie (1902–1997) was the first professional British woman conductor, and also a keen supporter of the music of British composers. She was the first woman to conduct the BBC Symphony Orchestra (in 1936, and 1937) – which caused a stir in the press. Educated at the Royal College of Music, she attended […]