Shots in the dark over Yorkshire’s skies

The sweeping panorama from Sutton Bank, fishing boats bobbing in Whitby harbour, Swaledale hay meadows ablaze with colour – we all have our idea of that special Yorkshire view, the one that really sums up all the county has to offer. But our favourite landscapes share one thing in common. Most of us imagine them bathed in glorious sunshine, far less obscured by approaching dusk – and those are the images captured by photographers for countless greetings cards, calendars and coffee table books.

The Kirkgate exhibit at York Castle Museum

Dick Turpin’s old haunt in York in line for a makeover

IT WAS the one place in York no-one wanted to see the inside of: a collection of prison buildings housing women, debtors and, at one stage, the highwayman Dick Turpin.

Dr Lee Tsang at Hull University.
 Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Hull’s unlikely musical genius

Ethel Leginska was reckoned one of the greatest pianists of her day. She wowed audiences with her dazzling playing and charisma. “Leginska Held Her Audience Spellbound” was a typical headline.

Kirsten Simister, curator of art at the Ferens Gallery. Picture: James Hardisty

Six of the best from Hull’s refurbished Ferens Art Gallery

Walking through the Ferens Art Gallery, it’s not immediately obvious where the money has been spent. Closed for 16 months while a £5m restoration project – the biggest in its history – was completed, the walls have been given a lick of paint, the works of art rehung and the cafe and gift shop have received a makeover. However, much of the work has taken place where visitors can’t see.

Open doors: Head guide Shenagh Firth at Chatsworth with a portrait of Duchess Georgiana

Chatsworth with the lid off

For more than 400 years Chatsworth House has stood as a landmark estate within its beautiful landscaped grounds.

Juliette Binoche in Anthony Minghella's The English Patient

In its year as city of culture, a unique honour from Hull for Anthony Minghella

HE CARVED out a glittering career in Hollywood which was responsible for some of the most critically-acclaimed films of recent years before his life was tragically cut short at the age of just 54.

Mishal Husain, with co-presenter John Humphrys, in the BBC Radio 4 studio

Back to ours: Radio 4 picks Hull and Nicola Adams for festive line-up

BBC boss Tony Hall promised that next year would be “unashamedly Hull-centric.”

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Curator Susan Harrison with a  medieval tongue poker head which origionally decorated  Rievaulx Abbey

The history hangar: Cataloguing Yorkshire’s past

The motto of English Heritage is “we bring history to life”. It is a century now since the then Ministry of Works decided – in the middle of a hard-fought war – to bring scores of places dotted around the country into public ownership. Many were ancient monuments, some dating back 5,000 years and more, and the question was what to do with the thousands of shards of pottery, the huge lumps of carved stone and the cannonballs rescued from various battlefields.

061216   Gary Brannan  Access Archivist for the Borthwick Institute  and Catherine Dann a Conservator  with two  books of Wills  dating from 1576 that are being digitised by the University of York  at The Borthwick Institute within the University of York Llibrary.

Lucky cows and chamber pots: items handed down in Yorkshire wills through the ages

They provide an intriguing insight into the political, ecclesiastical and family history throughout the Reformation period, showing the quirks and concerns in Yorkshire’s society during the 16th and 17th centuries.

Sue Fisher, Director of Development at Ampleforth Abbey and College  walking by the abbey

As its monks win £3m from the lottery, Downton’s creator says it all started at Ampleforth

IT IS one of Yorkshire’s most significant abbeys yet also, perhaps, its most secluded. But an injection of nearly £3m from the national lottery could soon change that.

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Experience Barnsley museum curator Stephen Miller with a pit pony's foot, recovered from the disaster and turned into an ink well. Picture: Scott Merrylees.

Human cost of Barnsley mining disaster told in new exhibition

Human stories from the worst mining disaster in Victorian Britain will be told in a new exhibition to mark the 150th anniversary of the tragedy.

Angela Harding
 at the door of her garden studio in Wing , Rutland

R is for roadkill: A wildlife alphabet

Roadkill makes most of us squirm with horror, so it’s comforting to know that some of the animals and birds have served a higher purpose than feast for carrion.

Yorkshire blacksmith David Stephenson has been making replicas of Viking pots.  Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Viking-sized task of rescuing Jorvik from our 21st century weather

At his forge near Pickering, a blacksmith has spent weeks working out how to make various Viking kitchen items. Three hundred miles away in the west of Scotland, a pewter jewellery specialist is putting the finishing touches to a replica of an elaborate 10th century padlock. And in the Rochdale offices of Dale Air, the team have recently been perfecting the authentic smell of a Viking forest.

Animation director Zsolt Balogh stands infront of the Hull Maritime Museum, where his work will be projected. 
Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Revealed: Plans for Hull spectacular that will rival the Olympics

The artist behind the centrepiece of a seven-day light and sound spectacular in Hull says it will be as good as work created for the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.

Final touches are put to the exhibition by Sir Peter Blake at the White Cloth Gallery in Leeds.

I liked the Beach Boys better, says Sgt Pepper artist Sir Peter Blake on eve of Leeds exhibition

THOUGH he is most well known for designing the cover of The Beatles’ album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, pop art pioneer Sir Peter Blake admitted he prefers rival musicians The Beach Boys.

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Leeds College of Art alum Liz West with  her light installation, 'An Addictive Mix', at the National Media Museum, Bradford. Picture by Simon Hulme

Names in the frames: Amazing alumni of Leeds College of Art

On a wall inside Leeds College of Art’s Blenheim Walk site there is a timeline. The design is striking and it’s beautifully painted, but it’s the names that really stand out.

Glenn Herbert

40 years on, a student’s pictures of Yorkshire binmen are high art

Retired policeman Glenn Herbert was amazed to discover that photographs of binmen he took as a student 40 years ago were about to go on display in a major Yorkshire gallery – alongside work by some of the world’s greatest photographers. He hadn’t given the pictures a thought for years.

Whitby Abbey is lit up in lights to celebrate Halloween.

Mother of all Halloween displays at the Whitby ruin that inspired Dracula

Whitby Abbey in North Yorkshire has been dramatically lit up to mark Halloween.

Lara Turner, Senior Curator of Art, cleaning the Youth figure by Ron Mueck.

Art up close: 600 years of pressing the flesh

The word “flesh” can conjure a variety of images. Whether human, animal or vegetable, alive or dead, beautiful, ugly, shocking or sensual, flesh provokes a reaction, so it is not surprising that artists over the centuries have drawn inspiration from it and the latest exhibition at York Art Gallery explores this response in a fascinating, thoughtful way.

Pupils at Queen Mary's School, Baldersby Park' with Robert Beaumont' biographer of the Railway King. Picture: Mike Cowling

Expelled and bankrupt: Amazing story of Yorkshire’s Railway King

A MAN WHO was expelled from school and his village before becoming an exiled bankrupt does not sound like an ideal role model for school pupils.

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