Merchant Adventurers Charity Beer Festival

Merchant Adventurers Charity Beer Festival

The Merchant Adventurers' Charity Beer Festival is back on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th July 2024!   * TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE - CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACES * The stunning 667 year old Merchant Adventurers’ Hall will take centre stage, complemented by over 30...

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A new 21st century home for our historic archive

A new 21st century home for our historic archive

In 2023, the Company of Merchant Adventurers and the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York entered into a partnership where the Company's archive; one of the oldest and most significant collections of documents in the city would move from the Hall...

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Art Unlocked: Merchant Adventurers’ Hall

Art Unlocked: Merchant Adventurers’ Hall

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...

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A Royal Connection – Blog Three

A Royal Connection – Blog Three

In celebration of the Coronation of King Charles III, we are delving into the past to discover some of the treasures in the Hall’s collections made in the lifetimes of King Charles I, King Charles II and King Charles III. We will also explore how these momentous and...

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A Royal Connection – Blog Two

A Royal Connection – Blog Two

In celebration of the Coronation of King Charles III, we are delving into the past to discover some of the treasures in the Hall’s collections made in the lifetimes of King Charles I, King Charles II and King Charles III. We will also explore how these momentous and...

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A Royal Connection – Blog One

A Royal Connection – Blog One

In celebration of the Coronation of King Charles III, we are delving into the past to discover some of the treasures in the Hall’s collections made in the lifetimes of King Charles I, King Charles II and King Charles III. We will also explore how these momentous and...

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Museums are good for you!

Museums are good for you!

We are certain that for most of you, this information doesn't come as a surprise but we now have a fantastic study to back it up; visiting the Merchant Adventurers' Hall is good for your health!   The study, conducted in early 2022 by Amy Luck and Dr Faye Sayer...

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The Elizabethans – Blog Four

The Elizabethans – Blog Four

This post was published in June 2022. In celebration of the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen, we are delving into the past to meet some of the Merchant Adventurers making waves during the reigns of Queen Elizabeth II and her namesake, Queen Elizabeth I. From...

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The Elizabethans – Blog Three

The Elizabethans – Blog Three

This post was published in June 2022. In celebration of the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen, we are delving into the past to meet some of the Merchant Adventurers making waves during the reigns of Queen Elizabeth II and her namesake, Queen Elizabeth I. From...

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The Elizabethans – Blog Two

The Elizabethans – Blog Two

This post was published in June 2022. In celebration of the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen, we are delving into the past to meet some of the Merchant Adventurers making waves during the reigns of Queen Elizabeth II and her namesake, Queen Elizabeth I. From...

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The Elizabethans – Blog One

The Elizabethans – Blog One

This post was published in June 2022. In celebration of the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen, we are delving into the past to meet some of the Merchant Adventurers making waves during the reigns of Queen Elizabeth II and her namesake, Queen Elizabeth I. From...

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Hall Highlights: Napoleon

Hall Highlights: Napoleon

The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall has accumulated many treasures over the centuries: art, artefacts, architecture and the stories of those who have passed through its walls. This series seeks to shine a spotlight on the Hall’s incredible collections.   Carved out of...

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Hall Highlights: The Minute Books

Hall Highlights: The Minute Books

The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall has accumulated many treasures over the centuries: art, artefacts, architecture and the stories of those who have passed through its walls. This series seeks to shine a spotlight on the Hall’s incredible collections.     The...

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Hall Highlights: The Loving Cup Ceremony

Hall Highlights: The Loving Cup Ceremony

Within the silver collection of the Merchant Adventurers' Hall are a number of large silver cups which are known as 'Loving Cups'. These are used yearly at the Merchant Adventurers' Venison Feast within a ceremony which is a symbol of friendship and fraternity....

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Hall Highlights: Stained Glass

Hall Highlights: Stained Glass

For this blog post we are looking the stained glass windows which can be found in the Undercroft, Chapel and the Governor's Parlour of the Merchant Adventurers' Hall. The Hall has a small but beautiful collection of stained glass windows dating from the last 150...

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Hall Highlights: Female Merchants

Hall Highlights: Female Merchants

It is perhaps a surprise to many to find out that women have played an active role in The Company of Merchant Adventurers since its foundation in 1357. There are three in particular who lived remarkable lives and feature in the extensive archive of the Guild.  ...

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Hall Highlights: The Banners

Hall Highlights: The Banners

The Merchant Adventurers' Hall has accumulated many treasures over the centuries: art, artefacts, architecture and the stories of those who have passed through its walls. This series seeks to shine a spotlight on the Hall's incredible collections.   Part of what...

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A Medieval mystery: The Percys or Percehays?

A Medieval mystery: The Percys or Percehays?

In 1356 Sir William Percy granted a plot of land - a former Norman manorial site by the River Foss, and the future location of the Merchant Adventurers' Hall - to three merchants from York...or did he?   In this new, thoroughly researched book, David Brewer...

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Hall Highlights: Dr Maud Sellers

Hall Highlights: Dr Maud Sellers

The Merchant Adventurers' Hall has accumulated many treasures over the centuries: art, artefacts, architecture and the stories of those who have passed through it's walls. This blog series seeks to shine a spotlight on the Hall's incredible collections and individuals...

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Hall Highlights: The Pancake Bell

Hall Highlights: The Pancake Bell

The Merchant Adventurers' Hall has accumulated many treasures over the centuries: art, artefacts, architecture and the stories of those who have passed through it's walls. This blog series seeks to shine a spotlight on some of the Hall's incredible collections. In...

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