York StoryStorm Event

In March the StoryStorm network will hold the second of its events in York linked to an Arts and Humanities Research Council Connected Communities project ‘How should decisions about heritage be made?’ The event will form part of a wider ‘Public Inquiry’ into the affects of heritage decision making on the lives of people in York through focusing on storming the histories and stories of a 1964 Brutalist-style building Stonebow House. Hated by some, Stonebow House is home to York’s only mid-size gig and music venues (Fibbers and The Duchess) and – due to lower commercial rents than other parts of the city –  the Job Centre, a bookies and a comparatively affordable supermarket and cafe. Following a recent York City Council Cabinet decision to purchase the freehold of the land and building the future of Stonebow House is now uncertain. We will use a combination of exhibits and workshops to enrich the ‘evidence base’ which might then inform this decision – we will ask what are the stories of Stonebow House and what might be the stories to come?