A collection of images which depict York, and particularly the Fishergate area, in the early 1900s. Explore York Archivist Laura Yeoman identified these items in the local archives in response to a set of questions devised by members of Blueberry Academy's 'Citizenship' group. The group was taking part in a series of workshops to find out more about the history of the Melbourne Centre, founded in around 1905 and formerly known as The Men's Institute. Most of these images can be viewed on the Imagine York website (http://www.imagineyork.co.uk/).
The Melbourne Centre, now home to Blueberry Academy, is located next to Fishergate Primary School. The Citizenship group wanted to know whether the school was open in 1905 and what life was like for the children who attended. Did they have a uniform? What could they learn and were they strictly disciplined?
The learners wanted to know what home life was like in the early 1900s. Unfortunately, there is a lack of photographs showing the inside of houses (particularly the homes of working class people) but Laura was able to bring pictures of houses and cottages. Some of them are still standing today! She also brought images of the kind of things a York resident might have seen on their way to work or school, such as local businesses.