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Trailblazer: Yorkshire female archaeologist – Mary Kitson Clark

Cafe-scientifique
Date
5 Jun 2024
Start time
7:00 PM
Venue
Bootham School
Speaker
Sarah Sheils and Catherine Brophy
Trailblazer: Yorkshire female archaeologist - Mary Kitson Clark

Event Information

Trailblazer: Yorkshire female archaeologist – Mary Kitson Clark

Sarah Sheils and Catherine Brophy

Mary Kitson Clark (1905-2005) was a trailblazing archaeologist who saved the Roman collection in the Yorkshire Museum from potential war damage by organising its removal to a safe place away from the centre of York in 1941. As Curator of Roman Archaeology, she was responsible for cataloguing and conserving this collection. Her “Gazeteer of Roman Remains in East Yorkshire” published in 1935 remains an important work. In 1929, after studying archaeology at Cambridge, Mary joined Dorothy Garrod excavating palaeolithic sites in Palestine as one of a pioneering group of women archaeologists.

In 1935, the Leeds-born archaeologist was appointed a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, an unusual honour for a woman at that time. Suffering from hearing loss after measles age three, she was a quietly enriching presence for many throughout her long life and an inspiring woman who deserves to be better known.

Join Sarah Sheils and Catherine Brophy of the Yorkshire Philosophical Society (YPS) as they celebrate her trailblazing work and the Roman Collection in the Yorkshire Museum. In addition, Sarah and Catherine will discuss the community heritage project ‘Museum Gardens Through Time’.

This event is being held in the Auditorium in Bootham School.  A York Festival of Ideas event:

This event is hosted by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society as part of its York Café Scientifique series.