In June, the University of York launched the Streetlife project, turning the former Dorothy Perkins store on Coney Street into a space celebrating creatively the street’s history, heritage, and future.
My Strata/Life walk was fairly geological, and pitched at an older audience. My Streetlife Family Fossil Hunt was self-explanatory. Both, however, required that participants gathered information during the walk, to be brought back to the Streetlife Hub. There, thanks to huge reams of printers’ paper, we could draw out timelines of Coney Street’s geological and palaeontological history.
In practice, however, only the family fossil timeline got fleshed out. The children were much keener to draw their street-fossil discoveries onto paper, and what a fab job they did!
We had ammonites from the pebble mosaic and fossil trees from Mint Yard and volcanoes from St Helen’s Square and Jurassic oysters from Virgin Money. I even crowbarred dinosaurs in: since Anne Bronte the geologist had stayed in the George Hotel in 1849, we could justifiably ask “if the Brontes saw us, what would they make of modern Coney Street?”