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Be a Relic hunter: A History of the World events

World of James Herriot
Find out more about James Herriot with the Relic Trail

Inspired by the CBBC series 'Relic: Guardians of the Museum, the Relic Trail gives families a great reason to visit the World of James Herriot at Thirsk and Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate, York.

The CBBC show, developed in partnership with the British Museum, challenges children to put their skill and ingenuity to the test and the Relic Trail will allow families to do exactly the same thing on their journey through the museum or the medieval church.

The trails are free and feature objects in the museum and church's collections that have contributed to the BBC's A History of the World project and website. Memory, reasoning and problem-solving are just some of the skills that families will need as they race against time to become successful Relic hunters!

The World of James Herriot

The World of James Herriot is in Thirsk and fans of the books and TV series travel far and wide to visit the centre which is a celebration of the work of vet, James Herriot aka Alf Wight.

James Herriot. Photo: World of James Herriot
The unassuming Alf Wight was the hugely successful James Herriot

The visitor attraction is housed in the original practice where Alf Wight lived and worked which has been restored to depict the period that James Herriot wrote about.

The warm & homely atmosphere transports visitors back to the 1950's, enjoy listening to the songs of Bing Crosby drifting from the sitting room (James Herriot's favourite), wander down to the kitchen, follow the trail out into the garden which has its own 1950's vegetable plot, the original car from the TV series and a room which is a tribute to the North Yorkshire Veterinarian who achieved worldwide recognition for the books he wrote.

Continue your journey into a set from the TV series then upstairs to the Veterinary Science Museum rooms and the children's interactive room - where everyone must play!

Holy Trinity Church

Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate, York, is a beautiful little medieval church hidden behind Lady Row on Goodramgate. This charming church dates from the 12th Century and contains very fine medieval glass, and York's only surviving box pews which date from the early 17th Century. In the unspoilt atmosphere it is possibly to shut your eyes and let your imagination take you back in time.

Holy Trinity Church Photo: B. Oxley Bishopthorpe Camera Club
Discover the medieval gem that is Holy Trinity Church in York

Many of Holy Trinity's past parishioners have left their mark one way or another, whether in the form of a memorial, the creation of a chantry chapel, or having their names recorded on the Mayoral Tables. Of those who were once Mayor, the most famous is probably George Hudson who was responsible for bringing the Railway to York.

However, the most intriguing is past parishioner is the person who is only identified by a rebus or pictogram. So come along and discover the secrets of Holy Trinity which is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.


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