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New: York’s BIG Year – 2016 Showcase

Guest speakers from some of the city’s top attractions will present their plans for the year ahead. Come along and find out more about York’s big tourism stories for 2016 to share with your guests and visitors, and how we can all work together to maximise the impact of these opportunities for the city.


National Railway Museum (include an image of Flying Scotsman)

Flying Scotsman – the Most Famous Locomotive in the World
Presenter: Andrew McLean, Head Curator – National Railway Museum

Go on a rollercoaster ride through the eras from the roaring twenties to the swinging sixties as the National Railway Museum’s Head Curator Andrew McLean talks about Flying Scotsman’s claims to fame. How has it achieved the celebrity status which is the focus of the Museum’s 2016 Scotsman Season?


The Bar Convent

Modernising The Oldest Living Convent In England
Presenter: James Foster, General Manager, The Bar Convent

Five years ago The Bar Convent was struggling financially. It had no signage, a 30 year old museum, crumbling facilities and poor accessibility. The team raised £1.75m, introduced a modern exhibition and re-launched as a Living Heritage Centre on 22 Oct 2015 with Alex Polizzi’s help. Hear their story...


York Minster

Uncover the Mystery
Presenter: Stacey Healey, Marketing Manager, York Minster & Nicola Corp, Mystery Plays Producer

Learn more about The Mystery Plays - the greatest story ever told – returns (26 May – 30 June 2016) on a monumental scale in the extraordinary setting of York Minster’s spectacular nave. It's a story of good versus evil, of life and death and of love, betrayal, loss and hope.


York Theatre Royal

Presenter: Abbigail Ollive, Head of Communications, York Theatre Royal
York Theatre Royal closed its doors in March 2015 for a £4.1million redevelopment, which will see facilities in the auditorium, on stage and front of house vastly improved. Abbi Ollive, Head of Communications at York Theatre Royal will talk through plans for the theatre’s re-opening this April and how the organisation will become even more vital to the people who live in and visit York. A chance to hear what shows will be coming up in the new season, how the theatre will have changed and how you can get involved in the coming months.

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