On Wednesday 27th September we explored the history of York in 6 paintings! We heard from Lauren Marshall, Director of the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall who told us about which building in York had Yorkshire’s first public toilets and other fascinating stories; through the collections of one of the city’s oldest buildings. 


To view the talk click here


To view the associated curation on Art UK click here
Art Unlocked is an online event series brought to you by Art UK in collaboration with Bloomberg Philanthropies. Each week, different museum and gallery curators and directors from across the UK deliver a 30-minute talk on selected works from their collection.


The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall is an independent museum which gets no external support with all income generated going back into the upkeep of our ancient building. Therefore, if you would like to donate to the Hall; all donations are greatly appreciated. Please click here to donate.


About Art UK
Art UK is a cultural education charity on a mission to make the art in UK public collections accessible to everyone – for enjoyment, learning and research.
We are bringing together the nation’s art on one platform for the world to see. We digitise artworks, tell the stories behind the art and create exciting opportunities for public interaction with art. We play a major role in supporting public art collections, by improving their accessibility and sustainability.


About Bloomberg Philanthropies
Through innovative partnerships and bold approaches, the Bloomberg Philanthropies arts programme works to increase access to culture and strengthen arts organisations. Through a wide range of dynamic partnerships with visual, performing and literary arts organisations, Bloomberg Philanthropies is committed to supporting the arts. The philanthropy works in over 170 countries and focuses on creating lasting change in five key areas: the Arts, Public Health, Environment, Education and Government Innovation.